The weather has been gorgeous this week (except for the torrential downpour on Wednesday) and springlike, so I wanted to make something refreshing and "springy." I know I said I was going to stop making so many sweets in my last post, but I just couldn't resist making this recipe. Thus, lemon bars. And since they have "lemon" in them, I choose to believe that they are healthier than some alternatives. I have a recipe that was given to me by a family friend and it is my absolute favorite. Tangy and sweet filling with a delicious bottom crust.
For the crust, the recipe says to blend the butter, flour, and powdered sugar together with a pastry cutter. I do not have a pastry cutter, therefore, I used a metal whisk and just "mashed" it up and down. Truth be told, I say it works just the same. Then again, I've never used a pastry cutter. :)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
6 oz. cold unsalted butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces (I used salted)
6 large eggs
3 cups sugar
1 cup + 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup all purpose flour
Plus 3 tbsp powdered sugar for sprinkling on top.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend ingredients for crust with pastry cutter. Press into a 9x13 dish. Bake 20-25 minutes. Let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.
Mix eggs and sugar and flour. Add lemon juice. Pour immediately over cooled crust. Bake until set 40-50 minutes. Let cool and then chill before cutting. Dust with powdered sugar.
stand-out pop even more if you added some fresh lemon zest to the filling. Hope you enjoy!