Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Luscious Lemon Bars - Perfect Treat for a Tea
Luscious Lemon Bars (as found in the USA Weekend March 25-27, 2011)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
1 stick (8 Tbs) butter, melted but not hot
2 Large Eggs
3/4 cup sugar (I used 1/2 only to reduce the sugar content a tad)
1 1/2 Tbs all-purpose flour
6 Tbs juice from 2 lemons
2 tsps finely grated lemon zest
Adjust oven rack to lower-middles position, preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Spray an 8X8 in baking dish with cooking spray. Fit a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil (I used reg as that was on hand) inside baking dish with an overlap for a "handle". This will be lift the bars out to cool. Spray the foil with cooking spray. Make sure the bottom of the foil covers up all sides about 2 inches.
Mix together flour, salt, powdered sugar in a medium bowl. Stir in butter to form dough. Press the dough into the bottom of the pan. Use your hands (or the bottom of a measuring cup dipped in flour is suggested). Bake until pale golden, about 20 minutes.
While crust is baking, whisk together eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice and zest in a medium bowl.
Remove crust from oven. Pour lemon mixture over baked crust. Place back into oven, bake for an additional 20 minutes until the filling is "set". Let cool for about 20 minutes.
Using the over-hanging foil as handles, carefully lift the bars from the pan and cool on a wire rack. Once room temperature, dust with powdered sugar.
To dust with powdered sugar, simply pour a small amount of powdered sugar (about 1/4 cup) into a small mesh strainer. Lightly tap the strainer while moving it over the lemon bars.
Once completely cooled, cut into squares.
Yields 16 bars.
Shared at Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage, Seasonal Saturday, and Sweets for a Saturday
Posted by Emily aka Cook for 6 at 10:49 PM