Tuesday, April 24, 2012

[Eat] Old Fashioned Lemon Bars

There are a ton of lemon bar recipes out there, but this one... this one... is the best! Really.  The lemon is great with a sweet tang and a slightly caramelized top, but for me, the simple crust really makes it memorable.

This recipe has been in my family for 30+ years.  It originally came from a church cookbook and we've been using it ever since.

Lemon Bars

1 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour

4 eggs
6 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
2 cups granulated sugar (cut down to 11/2 cups if you like your bars more tart)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Mix together butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 2 cups flour; cut in as for pie crust.  Press evenly into bottom of 13X9-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 minutes until light brown.

While crust is baking, beat together eggs, lemon juice and lemon rind.  Sift together sugar, 1/2 cup flour and baking powder.  Add to egg mixture; blend well.  Spoon mixture over baked crust; bake for an additional 25 minutes.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar while still warm.  Cool; cut into squares.


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