Monday, March 24, 2008

Your presence is requested....or well your baking skills


It being Easter and all, I was requested to make something lemon to bring. Now I had already made lemon cookies for my dad and knew that if I brought those he would not be very likely to share. I had just tried my hand at curds. So I could make a lemon curd tart, but why not try a new recipe? So Lemon Bars it is. I found this recipe a few weeks ago and it sounded too easy to be true. It was really simple and made for a great choice as both P and I were sick over the weekend. So easy was good for me. Lemon bars have always been a challenge for me because I have never had a really good bar. They were always too sweet and lacked intense lemon flavor or the crust was nonexistent. These, however, rose to the occasion for all three. They were sweet but not cloyingly so. They were very lemon flavored and the crust which was reminiscent of shortbread was fantastic. These were definitely a hit. And as the original recipe says it’s great for a party because it does make a lot. Now I said they were not cloyingly sweet but they were sweet so you could really only have one, so that is great for a party.
Lemon Bars

2 cups plus ¼ cup flour divided
½ cup powdered sugar
2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
2 cups of sugar
4 eggs
Zest of one lemon
½ cup of fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350. Beat the butter and powdered sugar together until creamy. Slowly add in the flour and beat until well combined on the low setting of your mixer. Press the mixture into a 9x13 baking pan, working the dough up the sides about ½ inch all around. Bake for 20 minutes

For the filling –

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, ¼ cup of flour, eggs, lemon juice and zest. Pour over the baked crust and bake for another 20 minutes or until it is set in the center. Allow them to cool completely and then place them in the fridge to it will be easier to cut them. Dust them with powdered sugar before serving.

3 comments:

  1. Lemon and shortbread, my kind of dessert! Truthfully, I would choose a lemony dessert over chocolate any day.

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  2. I'm a complete sucker for all things citrus - these bars have my name written all over them. :)

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  3. Lisarene- it was a great simple dessert. And if you like lemon its great!
    Patricia - definitely give them a try they were so easy to make.

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