Thursday, July 9, 2020

Summer and Lemon Bars

Lemon Bars
Summer means so many things to each of us,
 but to me Lemon Bars speak of summer.

These Lemon Bars are almost velvety, bursting with lemon. 
They melt in your mouth.

I love to make these not only for myself but to share  with others.  That's what brings me the most pleasure... It's all about sharing!

I've been using this recipe for many years and they consistently come out great every time.

Lemon Bars 

 2 sticks butter at room temp 
1/2 c. sugar
2 c. flour
1/8 t. salt
6 eggs at room temp crust is a golden
3 c. sugar ( I know that seems like a lot, but trust me you'll be glad you did)
the zest of 4-5 lemons - about 2 Tablespoons
1 c. fresh lemon juice
1 c. flour
For crust: cream butter and sugar until light with a paddle attachment. Don't over beat butter and sugar or it will become to soft. Then combine the flour and salt and add to the creamed butter and sugar mix until it all comes together. Dump mixture into a 9x13 pan, and press dough flat along the bottom and up the sides a bit.  Chill for a few minutes before baking. Bake crust at 350 in a preheated oven, for 15-20 minutes or until crust is lightly brown. 
Let cool about 15 minutes

For Filling: I whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest , lemon juice (I just squeeze the juice from the lemons I zest, so sometimes it not a full cup) and flour in a bowl. 
When combined pour into the crust and bake 30-35 minutes until the filling is set.
You want to let them cool completely before cutting into squares. I promise you'll be glad you did this step before cutting . I dust with confectioner's sugar.
I have even sprinkled them with lavender sugar, when their cool.The lavender gives them a nice subtle favor. It's a fun way to try them.

I hope your summer is full of flavor!

a bientot


*A French Moment..... the little town of Menton, the Cite des Citrons ( City of Lemons) in the south of France has a Lemon Festival every February. I'd love to go one day.