Hey guys! I'm here with a great post. Summer is here (well it is when I'm writing this, not sure for you), and I thought the perfect way to celebrate would be to make some lemon bars!
The flavor of citrus, especially lemons, is a taste that I associate with summer. These delicious desserts, with a buttery base, lemon curd, and a dusting of powdered sugar, are just perfect. If you want them even more summery, you can even put them in the fridge. Yum.
Anyway, let's get started! The recipe is below. I got this recipe from my mother, whose sister typed it up for her when she was in college. So it's old. But it's tried and true, my friends. Enjoy.
1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup confectioners sugar + additional for dusting
1/2 unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour and confectioner's sugar in a large bowl. Cut in butter until the mixture is crumbly. (You can do this with a food processor or a pastry cutter if you desire. You can even do it with your hands.) Press mixture evenly into ungreased 8 or 9 inch square pan. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
Beat eggs and sugar in a small bowl until light and fluffy; stir in lemon zest, juice, and baking powder. Pour over baked crust and bake 20-25 minutes or until golden. When you stab the top of it with a knife, it should come out clean. If liquid clings and drips from it, it means the egg is still raw and it needs to be cooked longer. Let cool completely. Dust with confectioner's sugar and cut into small squares (or big ones if you like)!
This recipe makes thin squares. If you like them thicker, you can double the recipe for the egg mixture and cook it for longer. Personally, I prefer the thin ones. But do whatever you like!