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Lemon Bars

I figured I owed us a little dessert to make up for all the savory features this week. 😉

Lemon is one of those things that up until I was writing a food blog, I could live without. I’d never spritzed any on my fish, enjoyed a lemon based sauce, and the thought of a lemon dessert made me stick up my nose in protest like a small child.

And then it happened… There was a Ina’s Cheese Danishes with just a hint of lemon zest (which at the time I didn’t enjoy that much), a lemon pie, the infamous Baked Lemon Lemon loaf (which I think was really where it all went downhill), and even lemony pops (which were awesome to me but too tart for the BF’s sweet-tooth).

I know  they say that our taste-buds change over time but I really believe the my new more open outlook on foods has a lot more to do with me broadening my horizons more then any physical change. I’ve experimented with fruit this season – FRUIT?! For those of you who don’t know me…. well that’s just craziness in my kitchen. There have been strawberries, honeydew, bananas,  and even blueberries all in this kitchen within the last few weeks. What the heck is happening to me?

Lemon Bars

Discovered on Tracey’s Culinary Adventures from Baking Illustrated


For the Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups (6 1/4 oz) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (2 oz) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened & cut into 1-inch pieces

For the Filling:

  • 7 large egg yolks, plus 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (7 7/8 oz) sugar
  • 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon zest
  • pinch salt
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream



To make the crust: Spray a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.  Line the pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on opposite sides to lift the bars out after they’ve baked.  Spray the aluminum foil with cooking spray.

Add the flour, confectioners’ sugar and salt to the bowl of your food processor.  Pulse a few times to combine.  Add the butter and process to blend, about 8-10 seconds.  Pulse just a few more times, until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse meal.  Dump the mixture into the prepared baking pan and use the tips of your fingers to press it into an even layer over the bottom of the pan.  Refrigerate the crust for 30 minutes.

While the crust is chilling, preheat the oven to 350 F.  Bake the crust for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

While the crust bakes, make the filling: In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and eggs together until combined.  Combine the sugar and lemon zest in a small bowl and use your fingertips to rub the zest into the sugar until the sugar is moist and fragrant.  Add the sugar to the egg mixture and whisk to combine.  Finally, add the lemon juice and salt and whisk until all ingredients are blended.

Transfer the filling to a medium saucepan and add the butter.  Stirring continuously, cook over medium-low heat until the curd thickens slightly and registers 170 F on an instant-read thermometer.  Pour the curd through a strainer into a medium heatproof bowl.  Add the heavy cream and stir to combine.  Pour the filling over the warm crust (this is important – you don’t want to let the crust cool before adding the filling).

Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the filling is shiny and the center jiggles just slightly when shaken.  Remove the pan to a wire rack and cool completely.  Use the foil to lift the bars out of the pan and cut into squares.  Dust with confectioners’ sugar if desired.

I ate one of these and enjoyed it!

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Do our taste buds really change or is that just our parents way of trying to get us to try something we would have normally protested?

charishma hegde

Monday 6th of June 2011

amazing blog ,you have very few follwers,for such a good blog,iam for sure following you,and telling my friends to do the same. charishma


Sunday 5th of June 2011

I never liked veggies growing up but I love them now :) I think my parents didn't have any creative ways of making them - they just boiled, served them and expected us to eat them. Yuck :)

I made the lemon bars yesterday and flavour is phenomenal! Not too sweet but not too tart either! I do have one question - I made them to take over to a friend's house and I dusted them with icing sugar before I left my house. I kept them in a Tupperware container and when I opened it about an hour later, the icing sugar had been absorbed by the lemon curd. There was still bits of icing sugar on the side. Is there anything I could have done to keep the icing sugar on top of the bars?

Maggie @ Vittles and Bits

Saturday 4th of June 2011

I was the same way with lemon, only in the past couple years did I start making recipes with it :) These bars are beautiful, I bet they are scrumptious!!


Saturday 4th of June 2011

Lemon bars are my downfall and I cannot seem to eat just one. I wish I could reach out and grab one right now. I have also found many wonderful things on Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.

Parsley Sage

Friday 3rd of June 2011

Lemon is one of my favorite additions. It can really add some 'wow' to an ordinary dish :) Great lemon bars, thanks for sharing!