When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Bars.
I confess, I may be a bit of a nut for all things lemony. Lemonheads, Lemonade and of course, Lemon Bars. I have researched the health benefits of lemons to convince myself that eating half a pan of Lemon Bars in one day is okay; I mean their high in Vitamin C. So healthy right? Now let’s talk to good stuff! This tasty treat starts off with a flaky, buttery crust and the filling is made with fresh grated lemon zest and fresh squeezed lemon juice. I keep it light on the sugar so that zing of the lemon pulls through. And folks you know here at The Girl in the Apron…
It’s SO quick, it’s SO easy and here’s how you do it.
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
½ cup powdered sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 3 lemons (appox. ⅓ cup juice)
Zest of 3 lemons (appox. 2 Tbsp lemon zest)
3 Tbsp all purpose flour
½ tsp baking powder
Here’s How You Do It:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 13x9 inch baking with cooking spray.
Making the crust:
In a large bowl, put flour, powdered sugar and butter. Using a fork or pastry blender, mix butter into flour/sugar until completely combined. It’ll easily shape into a ball, no dry or mealy consistency. Press mixture into the bottom of prepared pan. Bake crust until edges are golden brown, about 20-25 minutes.
While the crust is cooking prepare the filling.
In the same bowl you make the crust, combine all the filling and mix well till smooth. Remove crust from oven and pour filling into hot pan. Place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until filling doesn’t jiggle when moved.
Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.