LEMON BARS

 

  • Cooking Time: 20
  • Servings:
  • Preparation Time:

Ingredients

  • 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 (140 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 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 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons (25 grams) all purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • Confectioner's (powdered or icing) sugar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and
  • place rack in center of oven.
  • Grease with butter (or use a cooking spray) a 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) pan.
  • FOR 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 into the bottom of your greased 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.
  • FOR 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 is set.
  • Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • To serve:
  • Cut into squares or triangles 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 few days.
  • Yield: 16 - 2 inch (5 cm) squares or 32 triangles.
  • 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.

Notes

My friend Michelle helped me find this recipe on the Joy of Cooking website. My mom loves everything lemon, so I made them for her especially for a party at her house. Everyone loved them, and I plan on making them again in the future.

Source: Joy of Cooking

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