Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lemon Bars

I am not a huge fan of lemon bars but I know Jason loves all things lemon so these were made especially for him. I had never made them before and every recipe is a bit different. It certainly took a ton of lemons but gave a nice flavor and the sugar kept it from being too tart yet still nice and gooey in the center with a tiny crunch from the short bread crust.

Lemon Bars
Serves: 20 squares

For the crust:

1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 cups flour

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the filling:
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature

2 1/2 cups granulated sugar

2 Tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 cup flour

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut into squares or triangles and dust with confectioners' sugar. 

Source: Barefoot Contessa

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