Troubleshooting Guide - Bar Mix

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  • Why is the lemon bar surface color too light?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Oven temperature too low

    Follow bake temperature and time recommendation on package label. Have oven checked for accuracy.

    Under baked

    Bake to a golden brown color

    Over measurement of water

    Use the proper amount of liquid. When possible, use a scale to weigh the water.

  • Why does the lemon bar surface crack?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Oven temperature too high

    Follow label directions for proper oven temperature. Check temperature for accuracy.

  • Why does the lemon bar have a rough, irregular surface?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Under measurement of water

    Use the proper amount of liquid. When possible, use a scale to weigh the water.

  • Why does the lemon bar have a gummy eating quality?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Over measurement of water

    Use the proper amount of liquid. When possible, use a scale to weigh the water.

    Underbaked

    Bake to a golden brown color

    Oven temperature too low

    Follow label directions for proper oven temperature. Check temperature for accuracy.

  • Why does the lemon bar crust stick to the pan?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Pan not sprayed or sprayed properly

    Spray sheet pan well

    No parchment paper on pan

    Place one sheet of parchment paper on sheet pan

  • Why does the lemon bar filling overflow during baking?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Overmeasurement of water

    Use the proper amount of liquid. When possible, use a scale to weigh the water.

    Oven temperature too low

    Follow label directions for proper oven temperature. Check temperature for accuracy.

    Pan is too small for the amount of filling

    Select proper pan size for the amount of filling. If doing a full batch, use a full sheet pan.

    Uneven heat and air circulation in oven

    Rotate pans one half (180°) after 10 minutes (Fudge Nut Bar) or 15 minutes (Lemon Bar) of baking. Check air baffles in convection oven to ensure even air flow.

    Opening oven door too frequently

    Open oven door only when necessary, especially when baking in a convection oven.

  • Why is the lemon bar uneven?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Oven shelf not level

    Have shelves checked. Rotate bars in a convection oven one-half turn (180°) after 10 minutes (Fudge Nut Bar) or 15 minutes (Lemon Bar) of baking.

    Filling not leveled properly

    Use an offset spatula to smooth out filling surface.

    Pans not rotated in a convection oven

    Rotate bars in a convection oven one-half turn (180°) after 10 minutes (Fudge Nut Bar) or 15 minutes (Lemon Bar) of baking.

    Pans are bent

    Do not use warped or bent pans for baking bars.

  • Why does the lemon bar have uneven color?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Uneven heat circulation

    Have air baffles checked in a convection oven to ensure even air flow.

    Pans not rotated in a convection oven

    Rotate bars in a convection oven one-half turn (180°) after 10 minutes (Fudge Nut Bar) or 15 minutes (Lemon Bar) of baking.

    Pans too close together in oven

    Do not allow pans to touch each other in oven.

  • Why does the lemon bar have a pale top color?

    Possible Causes

    Possible Solutions

    Opening oven door too frequently

    Open oven door only when necessary, especially when baking in a convection oven.

    Oven temperature too low

    Follow package directions for proper bake temperatures. Check oven temperature for accuracy.

    Over measurement of water

    Follow package directions for proper amount of water. If possible, use a scale to weigh the water.