If you want power, zing, wow, taste, chewy, creamy, sweet and sour all in one bite then THIS Lemon Bar is the recipe for you. You have got to try it!! It will make your taste buds skip to a beat.
Very sweet and very tangy, soooo… they balance each other perfectly. I have to say “wow” again. I am a chocolate person, as you may have noticed, but this was worth giving up my chocolate for. It won’t happen too often, however, so don’t you lemon fans get your hopes up too high.
Here is the recipe:
- 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (190 grams)
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar (110 grams)
- 1 cup butter, cold (200 grams) or margarine
- ¼ tsp salt
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups white sugar (220 grams)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour(20 grams)
- lemon juice ¾ to 1 cup (175 ml) 4 big lemons
- 3/4 tablespoon lemon zest, zest from one lemon
- Preheat oven to 315 degrees F (155 degrees C). Grease a 9×13 inch pan. (I just use baking paper as it is easier to pull the whole thing out after baking it.)
- In a medium bowl, stir together 2 cups flour and confectioners’ sugar.
- Take the cold butter and work it into the dry ingredients w/a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Press flour mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until golden.
- In a large bowl, beat eggs until light. Combine the sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and 1/4 cup of flour so there will be no flour lumps. Stir the sugar mixture into the eggs.
- Finally, stir in the lemon juice. Pour over the prepared crust.
- Turn oven up to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). When heated return pan to the oven.
- Bake for an additional 20 – 30 minutes or until bars are set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
If you don’t want the topping quite so sweet and tangy you could cut down the recipe to 1 1/4 cup sugar and 5/8 cup lemon juice (1/2 + 2 tbs) or omit the zest.
Keep an eye on the bars while they are baking as the top turns very brown. I got a little scared and turned the oven down to 170 degrees after 20 minutes.
If you want to cover the brown on the top when it is finished baking, you could sprinkle it with icing sugar.
The Lemon Bar is very rich so cut it into small squares before serving it. You won’t be able to eat very much in one sitting but you will keep going back for more.
Bake, eat and enjoy!
(Note: My 4 year old ate a teaspoon size piece and then didn’t want more, but all the grown people came back for seconds. That’s just the way it is.)