Sunday, October 9, 2011

Week 14: Lemon Bars





I'm a week late on this post, so it needs a quick explanation.  


I have been following the fruit pregnancy ticker, because it's a fun way to visualize baby's size.  Last week I decided that I would make a recipe every week, related the baby's fruit/vegetable size.  It won't be too fun the week baby is the size of an onion, but when it is a cute fruit I will definitely be posting a related dessert.


Last week baby was a lemon.  When life gives you lemons, make lemon bars!


I normally use my grandmother's lemon bars recipe, but this time I decided to try something different.  I get a lot of recipe's off All Recipe's, and 99% of the time they are successful and I save them or end up tweaking them a little and creating an equally as brilliant recipe. 


These bars were A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.  Absolutely perfect.  I made a half recipe because I wanted it to fit nicely in my square cake pan.  The bars were completely gone an hour after I took them out of the oven.


This is the full recipe, if you want to use a smaller pan, half it like I did.  Like most of my versions, the recipe differs from the original one in it's sugar content, I generally cut it in half.


Ingredients:


1 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups flour


4 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 lemons, juiced


Directions:


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.


2.  In a medium bowl (I used my mixer with the white handle for this step), mix the softened butter, sugar and flour.  Mix until well blended but slightly crumbly.  Pat with fingers in the bottom of your ungreased pan.


3.  Bake for about 15-20 minutes in your preheated oven, until firm and golden.  


4.  In a separate bowl hand whisk the 3/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup flour.  Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice.  Evenly pour over the baked crust.


5.  Bake for an additional 20 minutes.  Once done let them cool for at least 20 minutes, they will firm up.  


This recipe had a great idea for a festive tray.  Make a second batch using 2 limes instead of lemons and adding a drop of green food coloring.  Cut the bars in cubes and arrange the two colors together on one tray.


Happy Baking!


Photo by Lady Go Lightly

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