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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Lemon Bars



Today is all about lemon. Lemons are bright in flavor and in color. They pack a bold punch and make most things taste great. To me there is nothing as refreshing as a good glass of lemonade or lemon bar. I love most things that are lemon  scented and flavored. They are great alone or with a cup of dessert tea nearby. Powdered sugar sprinkled on top adds a nice finish to them. As an extra touch I also like to put some lemon zest on top. It gives the lemon bars and extra burst of flavor.

This recipe is easy to make with minimal steps and preparation. The lemon bars also freeze easily if you want to save a few for later. The crust is one of the easiest that I have ever made and it still has the buttery taste that I love.




The crust in this recipe is actually one of my favorite parts to eat. It's flaky, but still strong enough to hold the lemon filling. To be honest, if I just had the crust to eat that would be okay also.

Lemon Bars

Yield - 12-24 bars (depending on the size you cut them)

Ingredients: 
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter (room temperature)
4 eggs (lightly beaten)
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
powdered sugar

Instructions:

For the lemon bars

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9 x13 inch pan with tin foil.

1. Using a stand mixer and dough hook attachment mix flour, sugar, and butter on low speed until combined.
2. Place crust mixture into prepared pan and press into bottom of pan until even. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until light to golden brown, depending on how you like your crust.
3. In a medium sized bowl whisk eggs, granulated sugar, and lemon juice.
4. Add lemon peel and all purpose flour to egg mixture. Whisk until combined.
5. Pour lemon mixture evenly over hot crust when removed from the oven.
6. Bake for an additional 15-20  minutes at 350 degrees or until edges brown slightly and middle is set.
7. Cool completely.



What lemon flavored dessert is your favorite? I hope you all are having a great week.

If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on Instagram or Twitter with #savorthebaking!

Notes:

1/3 cup of lemon juice = 2 small lemons

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens


Savor The Baking,
Chineka

14 comments:

  1. I agree! Lemons are perfection. This looks awesome!

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    1. Glad there is another lemon lover in my corner. :-)

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  2. I'm always on the lookout for tasty new lemon bars. One of my favorite bars!

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    1. They are a favorite of mine as well Jessie.

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  3. I have a soft spot for lemon bars. These look delicious!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Kiran and they were delicious. :-)

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  4. I love these bars. They are thin and that's the way I like them. Perfecto!! (I don't know if that's a word but it fits those bars.)

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    1. Thanks Maureen. I don't think there is a better compliment then perfecto!

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  5. I love lemon bars! These look fantastic, Chineka!

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  6. Lemon bars are my addiction. These are SO pretty!

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    1. Thanks Dorothy. Have a great upcoming weekend.

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  7. These bars have my name all over them! LOVE all that lemon!!

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    1. You and me both Katrina. They are winners to me.

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