Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lemon Bars

Lemon bars are a perfect food to bring to a party; they are easy to make and everyone loves them. For some reason they remind me of my childhood, lemon bars were one of the first things that I learned to bake on my own. We made everything from scratch in my home and usually had all of the ingredients on hand...of course we used lemon juice from a glass bottle and I had no clue what zest was...

2 1/4 cups flour, DIVIDED
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 c cold butter, cut into pieces
4 large eggs
2 c granulated sugar
1 tsp lemon zest
1/3 c fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp baking powder
Powdered Sugar

Preheat oven to 350. Line bottom and sides of 9x13 pan with either parchment paper or aluminum foil, allowing 2-3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

Stir together 2 cups flour and 1/2 c powdered sugar. Cut in butter using pastry blender, fork or fingers..until crumbly. Press mixture into bottom of prepared pan.

Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, whist eggs in a large bowl until smooth; whisk in granulated sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Stir together baking powder and remaining 1/4 c flour; whisk into egg mixture. Pour mixture over hot baked crust.

Bake at 350 for 23 minutes or until filling is set. Let cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Lift from pan, using foil or parchment paper as handles. Cool completely on a wire rack, 30 min. Remove foil and cut into bars, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

These freeze well for up to a month. 

Line 9x13 with either parchment paper of foil
Making the crust
The crust is ready
Place it in pan and bake
Mixing the filing all together
Crust out of the oven
Pour filling over top of hot crust and bake


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