I thought it best to end on a classic… probably the first dessert most people think of when they consider lemon:
Today was a DOUBLE-post day so you can also read about these luscious Lemon Ricotta Cookies if you are in an especially LEMONY mood today.
I know I am.
Come to think about it, I think I always am in this mood.
Is that a bad thing or good thing?!
I won’t think about that today. I’ll think about that tomorrow. At Tara perhaps.
To make the lemon bars you start with the crust:
Room temperature butter and sugar creamed together to start…
Then whisk together some flour and salt, and add it slowly to the butter/sugar mixture until just combined….
Transfer the mixture to a 9 x 13 x 2 baking pan. You don’t even have to butter the pan because of all the butter in the crust’s batter!
Pat the crust evenly into the bottom of the pan… you’ll want to flour your hands as you go so the batter doesn’t stick to you!
You’ll need to chill these crust for 15 minutes before baking it.
You’ll take it out of the oven after 15 to 20 minutes… you just want it lightly browned…
Let the crust COMPLETELY cool while you make the lemon filling.
Here’s what you need for that:
Start with your eggs, sugar, lemon zest and juice… whisk them together well!
Finally, add in 1 cup of flour and whisk as you add the flour SLOWLY so it doesn’t get lumpy!!
Pour the filling on top of the cooled crust…
Bake it until completely set (check the middle!)… about 30 to 35 minutes.
It’s okay if the edges and corners get a bit crispier than the center bars… some people PREFER them a bit crispy so you want to keep them happy, too!!
Let the bars cool at room temperature. I gave them about an hour or so and then covered it and let it sit overnight.
If you cut them into 20 squares it will be 43 cents per square. And they are pretty good-sized sqaures… I mean sqaures… no, I mean squares. I keep typing it wrong! But yes, I know how to spell squares. See?
If you cut them into 40 triangles it will be 22 cents per triangle.
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Cut the bars into squares or triangles, dust them with powdered sugar, and SERVE!!
Need some more SWEET LEMONY-NESS?!
Happy Economical Eating!