|The ingredients: lemon bar mix, three eggs, 1/3 cup water.|
|Mix the eggs and water...|
|...until they look like this.|
|Add the 'lemon filling' to the egg mixture and mix with a whisk. Hmm, something isn't smelling right but I didn't want to taste at this point since it had raw eggs and I was sure my sniffer was smelling right.|
|Pressed the bag of "crust" into the pan. I lined it with parchment paper on the bottom and sprayed the sides. Bake it for eight minutes until lightly browned as in the photo. So far so good.|
|The finished product. It set up perfectly, and surely looked good. Oh so anxious to try it when it's cooled.|
In the meantime, the manufacturer promptly replied with:
"Thank you for taking the time to contact us regarding our Krusteaz Lemon Bar Mix. We appreciate your interest and are happy to provide you with additional information.
- The code starts with two letters. The first number following the letters represents the year of manufacture.
- The next three numbers represent the number of days into the year (using the 365-day calendar).
|These are the ingredients. The best I can reason is maybe the "natural flavor" contains real lemon oil and that's what went rancid, or the modified food starch.|
As it baked and then cooled, I continued to smell some rancidity so I cautiously took the tiniest of tastes when it cooled. Oh my, and oh yes, it was very rancid! I was very disappointed after looking forward to delicious lemon bars. I had to find some mints to get that taste out of my mouth.
Making them in the toaster oven worked very well. Perfectly in fact. I will make them again but probably from scratch, so you may see yet another post for them somewhere down the road. Unfortunately, this batch was bad, and I had to throw them all out. I wasted three good eggs, but that's a small price to pay. In loosening the edges from the side of the pan - guess I didn't spray well enough - I broke a spatula. Not a big loss either, it was a well-used, over 19-year old, plastic one that must've become brittle and it just snapped in two. I'll enjoy shopping for a new one.