Posted by: inyomouth | February 14, 2009

lemon bars

lemonbars

i’ve been waiting to make these ALL YEAR long…so my friend Sean and I finally did it.  There’s something about this time of year that just makes me want lemon squares…rain? lemons? i don’t see the connection, but they were quite fun to make & turned out to be delicious. pretty tart, but delicious.  I was a little wary of where to find the right lemon bar recipe, because i’m kind of picky about this childhood treat…but Smitten Kitchen is always a trustworthy source.

here’s the original recipe:

LEMON BARS

Prep Time: 40 minutes (30 inactive)
Cook Time: 55 minutes

For the crust:
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the full-size lemon layer: (we used this one)
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup flour

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

[Or] for a thinner lemon layer:

4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (3 to 4 lemons)
2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
2/3 cup flour

Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet.

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into the greased baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

For the lemon layer, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes (less if you are using the thinner topping), or about five minutes beyond the point where the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut into 1-inch squares and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

_kc

lemonbarsmmm

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Responses

  1. ho my goodness i feel like i’ve been craving these for about a million years. good work kchaps. ❤

    ps i want to drop off valentine goodies to you guys later.


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