Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Luscious Lemon Bars........Just Like Mom Used to Make. :)


Shortbread Crust:
1/2 cup (1 stick) (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature

1/4 cup (25 grams) confectioner's (powdered or icing) sugar

1 cup (130 grams) all purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

Lemon Filling:

1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar

2 large eggs

1/3 cup (80 ml) fresh lemon juice (approximately two large lemons)

1 tablespoons (5 grams) grated lemon zest

2 tablespoons (25 grams) all purpose flour

Garnish:

Confectioner's (powdered or icing) sugar

Lemon Zest - The yellow outer rind of the lemon that contains the fruit's flavor and perfume.

TIP: Always remove the zest first before halving and squeezing the lemon. Use a fine strainer to remove the seeds and pulp from the juice.Lemon Bars: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place the oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter, or spray with a non stick vegetable spray, an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) pan.

Shortbread Crust: In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt and beat until the dough just comes together. Press onto the bottom of your prepared pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool while you make the filling.

Lemon Filling: In your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until nice and smooth. Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to combine. Fold in the flour. Pour the filling over the shortbread crust and bake for about 20 minutes, or until the filling has set. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

To serve: Cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar.These are best eaten the day they are made but can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for a day or two.

Yield: 16 - 2 inch (5 cm) bars

This recipe was borrowed from
http://www.joyofbaking.com/LemonBars.html#ixzz0gmwa0G2F
But it was eaten by me! :)
By the way, I'm doing a postcard exchange with some gals in blogland. If you want to join in on the fun you can do it here! Just visit Deborah over at Fairfield House!

MckLinky Blog Hop

8 comments:

Annette Kerr said...

Mmmmmmmm! These bars sound delicious!! I'm definitely going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Annette
www.mammakerr.com

fairfieldhouse said...

These bars do sound good. I especially like to serve lemon bars with tea. I took some time and read through some of your posts today. What a sweet blog. I will be returning. I adore your spring wreath!

I haven't gotten my postcards yet, but yours will be the first I mail out.
Please mention the exchange with a link back to my blog.
http://fairfieldhousenj.com/2010/02/24/youve-got-mail/

Deborah

Victoria said...

Those look delicious, I love lemon bars:) I put a recipe in too, I'd never heard of the blog hop before! I'm sure I won't get much done today as I'll be too busy blog hopping:)

someplace in thyme said...

I love lemon, anything lemon. The meyer lemon is my all time favorite to use in desserts. I can't wait to try this recipe, it looks perfect, thanks so much, Char

redkathy said...

The lemon bars sound and look wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe. So happy to see that you give credit the originator. BTW- Found you via the Blog Hop!

Lee Laurie said...

Hi Melissa,
Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower. I just went and read all of your posts back to the beginning. I feel like we have so much in common. I love your house and all that y'all have done to it since you bought it. It looks beautiful. I love the back splash that you put in the kitchen. I just bought my little cottage 2 or 3 years ago too. My husband and I seperated after 13 years of marriage and we are still legally married...just haven't finished all of the details yet. Our anniversary is in May.(17 years)...We still love each other but so many past hurts...oh well.
Anyway I moved out and left my two story house that I loved and bought my little 1700 sg.ft. cottage that needs so much repair that it's almost overwhelming at times...but it's mine! I just do a little bit at a time when I can afford it. I started my blog as an outlet and to keep me busy when I'm not busy with work and my kids. LOL I love blogging and I have met so many sweet people this way! I like your blog and I am following you now too. Come back to visit anytime! Nice to meet you.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

P.S. I just went back and read this comment and I can't believe that I just told you all of this stuff! Just don't think I'm a crazy person! LOL I'm gonna hit publish comment now before I erase it. LOL

Pinky's Cottage said...

Very cute site. Those lemon bars looks delicious. Can't wait to make them. Found you on Blog Hop Recipes.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Lemon bars are one of my favorties.

I ended up replacing the hinges. It was to much money to replate. I found nice silver hinges at Lowe's.

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