Saturday, July 21, 2012

Pineapple-Coconut Bars

I made pineapple-coconut bars last weekend before my beau's parents jetted off to Bali. I am excited to see the souvenirs they bring back from the markets. Well anywho, I never made these kind of dessert bars before, but now I want to try out lemon & lime bars next. The recipe below is very simple, and easy to follow. I would love to actually use a fresh pineapple next time, because canned pineapple tastes like, well canned pineapple. Also, juices from the pineapple and pineapple juice left the crust softer than usual. But besides, those small things, I loved these little bars. They are perfect as a summer treat, they actually made me long for warmer weather.

Pineapple-Coconut Bars
(recipe from Sophistimom)

12 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1.5 cups granulated sugar
pinch salt
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 20 oz cans crushed pineapple (drained)
1 cup pineapple juice concentrate
2 cups shredded coconut

Preheat your oven to 350°F/176°C.

In a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment (or hand-mixer), cream the butter, sugar, and salt. Add one egg at a time, making sure the mixture is incorporated well after each addition.
Mix on high for 3-5 minutes. Add in vanilla and flour, mixing until it is just combined.

Line your 13x9 inch pan with parchment paper and press the dough mixture into the pan.
In a medium size bowl, mix together the crushed pineapple and pineapple juice. Spread on top of the first layer. Bake for 20 minutes. Sprinkle on the shredded coconut, and bake for additional 20 minutes more or until the coconut begins to turn golden.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Glass House Mountains

 My beau & I went to the Glass House Mountains which are located in Sunshine Coast, Queensland. The peaks are cores of volcanoes that have since been eroded away by weather. Aboriginal people use to hold special ceremonies and meeting there, and is still considered a spiritual place.

The walking trails are a little distance past the Australian Zoo. Unfortunately, we had fast food during the drive up so my stomach was not happy when we arrived at the trail entrance. There was no way I was up for a long vigorous walk for hours, so we opted for a  shorter lookout trail.

I don't have any closed shoes here in Australia like sneakers, I just have flats and a pair of loafers. Hah how ever do I cope. Smiley The trail was filled with deep muddy puddles, so the hardest part was trying to maneuver around them to keep my feet somewhat dry.

The view was well worth it. I felt that I was looking at a painting, the trees looked so drawn and perfect. It was really hard to soak in all of the beauty, especially when the clouds were coming over the mountains.