Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Luscious Lemon Bars

First new recipe from Pittsburgh! If you didnt know, we moved across the country a few weeks ago, and are finally settled and really loving it here. I made these delicious lemon bars the other night when we went over to someones house for dinner. They were a hit! I had a recipe that I altered quite a bit, and Im glad I did. They turned out really tasty. The crust was crisp and the filling was soft, tart, and sweet - but not too sweet. Enjoy!

Lemon Bars

1 c. soft butter (2 cubes)
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 c. flour
1/8 tsp. salt (pinch)


6 T. lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
zest from 1 lemon
4 eggs, beaten
1 2/3 c. sugar
1/4 c. flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the crust, cream the butter and sugar, then add the flour and salt and beat until combined and it forms a dough. Press into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges start to brown and the top starts to turn golden.

Let the crust cool for about 20-30 minutes. For the filling, combine the sugar and flour in a medium bowl. Combine the eggs, lemon juice, and zest until well combined. Add to the flour/sugar mixture and combine well. Pour onto the slightly cooled crust. Bake for an additional 25 minutes, until the filling is set (shake it - it shouldnt jiggle anymore).

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar (or sprinkle right before you serve them). The easiest way for me is to take a fine mesh strainer, put powdered sugar in it, and shake it or tap the side so it falls evenly over the bars. Then cut into squares and enjoy!

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