Put it in the Oven for Baby and Me

Once again, I am in Cincinnati visiting my sister Colleen and her family. I get the luxury of staying a week here and there. I love being here. I get to spend time with my sister. Quinn gets to spend time with her cousins. We play a lot, laugh a lot, and eat like mad. Colleen is the baker of the family. She has the personality of a pastry chef. Patient, meticulous, and creative. Baking is a science. All ingredients have an active role besides flavor. All measurements must be spot on. Baking takes time and also requires a watchful eye. If you may have noticed that most of my recipes that call for any type of dough or bread I use store-bought. I am not a baker. I don’t have the qualities of a baker. That’s why I am glad that Colleen is.
Here is a specialty of hers that you must not pass up. Especially when entertaining. I promise they will be a hit. The pretzel crust is to die for.
Citrus Bars with Pretzel Crust
2 1/2 cups roughly crushed pretzel
3 Tb Brown Sugar
3/4 c Melted Butter
2 cans Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 c lime juice
1/2 c lemon juice
4 egg yolks
Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix crust ingredients together and press into a 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 10 minutes. Set aside to let cook completely.
In a large bowl, whisk filling ingredients together until they are all incorporated. Pour on cooled crust. Bake until set, about 10 -15 minutes. Cool for at least 1 hour before serving.

5 thoughts on “Put it in the Oven for Baby and Me

  1. Kristi Crea

    I LOVE your blog!! It is so entertaining and I swear, if you decide not to finish culinary school, you could easily get a job photographing food for Food & Wine or Cucina Italiana. Mike and I were so sorry to hear about Quinn’s accident, but it sounds like she is going to bounce back just fine. Cannot wait to see you in a few months and try some of these awesome recipes.
    Love Kristi

    PS – my sister loves reading your blog as well.

  2. Anonymous


    I read your blog and it is wonderful. You have great recipes and your photo’s are great! Can’t believe this all really started in my kitchen many years ago. (Just Kidding!!)

    Great job Erin!



  3. Johanna

    Don’t you have any “light” recipies? Just kidding. I’m glad to see Colleen is a baker at least. Love your blog….talk to you later!

    (a.k.a. Johanna (Strelecky) Loomis)


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