Monday, January 7, 2013
Grandma's Lemon Bars
I don't know about you, but I loooooove lemon bars! If someone was to ask me what my favorite dessert was, this would probably be at the top of my list! I love pretty much anything with lemons in it. Hollandaise sauce, lemon curd (I could eat this one by the spoonfuls--with a scone of course!), lemon bars, lemon meringue without the meringue, my list could go on forever, but I'll spare you.
This is a recipe that was passed down from my grandma, who passed it down to my aunt, who passed it down my Fairy Godmother, who passed it down to me. I almost went with the America's Test Kitchen recipe, but I feel like it was a lot more complicated than my grandma's recipe, and I feel like it takes a lot longer to put together. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE America's Test Kitchen! It's one of my favorite cook books! This recipe just has fewer ingredients than the Test Kitchen recipe.
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sifted powder sugar
1 cup butter
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon shredded lemon peel
6 Tbls. lemon juice
2 Tbls. flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Powder sugar to top
Stir together 2 cup flour and 1/2 cup powder sugar; cut in butter till mixture clings together. Pat into ungreased 9 x 13 pan. Bake 350 for 10-12 minutes.
In mixer bowl beat eggs; add sugar, lemon peel and lemon juice. Beat until slightly thick and smooth, 8 to 10 minutes. (My filling didn't look any different after 10 minutes!) Stir together 2 tablespoons flour and baking powder; add to egg mixture. Blend just till moistened. Pour over baked layer. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes. Sift powdered sugar over top after you've let it cool. Makes about 40 bars.
Happy says this is the best Lemon Bar recipe he's ever tried :)
Blogs I'm linked to: Sumo's Sweet Stuff, The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen, Love Bakes Good Cakes, Mandy's Recipe Box, Diana Rambles, Two Succulent Sisters, The Velvet Moon Baker, Couponing & Cooking