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SWEET EVIL Read Along Week Two: Citrus Recipe

We are on our second week of Sweet Evil Read Along. And this week we are required to read chapters ten to sixteen (pages 122-231) of Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins.

This week theme is all about Citrus or Pear Recipe. For those who haven’t read the book or the required chapters for this week read along, you may be wondering how’s this week theme related to the story? Well, as much as I want to discuss the details about their fruity smells and how they actually come to it, I don’t want to spoil you with the sweet and romantic interactions between Anna and Kaidan. So the best way I think is to just leave you with some lines from the book that actually reference the fruits. But you need to read the book, so you’ll understand better and know how all this conversation between Anna And Kaidan started.

“How’s your orange juice, Ann? Does it have a touch of lime?

The glass paused at my lips as I processed his innuendo, and I took a second to make sure my embarrassment stayed hidden inside. I let the drink swish over my tongue a moment before swallowing and answering.

“Actually, it’s a little sour,” I said, and he laughed.

“That’s a shame.” He picked up a green pear from his plate and bit into it, licking juice that dripped down his thumb….

Citrus Recipe: Calamansi Bars

* Calamansi is Filipino native citrus fruit that is smaller than lemon. For those who don’t have calamansi you can use lemon or any citrus fruit you have.


1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, cubed
4 eggs (medium size)
1 1/3 cups sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons calamansi zest
1/2 cup calamansi juice
1/3 cup milk
confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Combine all-purpose flour, confectioners’ sugar, cornstarch, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add butter and process for 15 seconds or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Press onto a greased and lined baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes at 350ºF.

Whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, calamansi zest, calamansi juice, and milk. Pour mixture onto warm crust.

Bake at 325ºF for 20 minutes or until firm to the touch. 

Dust with extra confectioners’ sugar on top.

Cool and slice evenly.

That’s the recipe! It’s actually just like a lemon bar but instead of using lemon we used calamansi, since it is a lot cheaper than lemons and much easier to get from local supermarket where I am located.

If you want to join us with the Read Along, just visit Mindy’s page, Magical Urban Fantasy Reads and sign up. It is still open for participants so join the fun!

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