Quarantine Baked Goods for Stress Relief: 5 Ingredient Lemon Bars (Ready in 1 hour!)
Let’s be honest, we’re all feeling just a little off recently and there’s nothing more comforting during a stressful time than some delicious homemade baked goods.
It’s no wonder everyone has been baking up a storm while in quarantine, baking and cooking have been proven to be effective treatments for anxiety and stress. It is the methodical process of measure, combine and repeat… measure, combine and repeat. The process requires you to be mindful and present. The repetition will distract your mind and trick it into focusing on completing the recipe with the correct measurements and according to the instructions. Continuing this process until you have a final product that you can enjoy and share with others is gratifying. Part of anxiety is usually the feeling of being out of control, so by following a list of instructions and knowing that you will produce the same outcome every time also helps an anxious mind regain the feeling of being in control of something.
The concept has even been determined as a form of therapy and is called Culinary Art Therapy. Founder Julie Ohana teaches “Sessions” in small groups, for families, for events and corporate groups, as well as one on one sessions. She goes through the process of grocery shopping and meal planning, then the preparation and cooking process that helps clients learn the joys of cooking and can help them implement this more into their daily lives. This type of therapy brings a less serious approach to handling stress and benefits you for the rest of your life! I feel like other hobby bakers can relate to when I say I have been using this form of therapy for years without even knowing it!
This trend of “Quarantine Baking” has got people obsessed with learning how to bake many varieties of bread and it has even started a whole other new trend: sharing baking fails! Since this is many people’s first try at something like this with all the newfound time on their hands, not every attempt is going to be successful. The trend started because a user posted her failed attempt at banana bread, and others quickly followed sharing their hilarious comparisons.
As you can tell by our Instagram feed, we love food! We are constantly sharing recipes that are quick, easy and taste like they took a lot more work than they actually did.
Today we’re sharing another great recipe: 5 Ingredient Lemon Bars! These moist and tangy treats are ready to eat in an hour and the beautiful bright yellow colour makes you happy before you even take a bite!
5 Ingredient Lemon Bars
For pastry crust:
First, using a food processor, combine the following ingredients, then press it into an even and flat layer in a glass 9×13 pan and bake at 350F for 20 mins then let it cool:
- 1 cup butter (cold and cut into pieces)
- 2 cups flour
- ½ sugar
For lemon layer:
Combine the following ingredients and let rest for 10 mins before pouring over pastry crust
- 10 tbsp of lemon juice (approx. 5 lemons if you’re using freshly squeezed)
- Small handful of lemon zest (not necessary if you’re using bottled lemon juice!)
- 6 eggs
- ½ cup flour
- 2 cups sugar
Bake at 350F for 25 minutes or until the lemon layer looks set and the whole thing is slightly brown around the edges.
Once you remove it from the oven, it needs to cool to room temperature or can be placed into the fridge to cool overnight if you’re serving them the next day. This step is very important: it needs to be fully cooled before refrigerating it to prevent the glassware from cracking. Place it on your stovetop and use your Cyclone range hood to help cool down the glassware faster! Once cooled, finish it with icing sugar sifted over top!
We hope that baking this delicious recipe brings you some relaxation and that your quarantine squad is seriously impressed by your new skills! Now take a big bite and enjoy, you deserve it!!