Wednesday, April 28, 2010

What a Lemon!

A weekend dinner get-together at a friend's house meant Bob and I were tasked with bringing dessert. Looking to try a new recipe, I sifted through the usual sites and decided to try my hand at lemon bars! Never before attempted, but frequently consumed as this was one of my mom's bake sale staples. It had been awhile since I had last had one and I was ready to embrace the nearly-here warm weather with a fruity treat.

Jewel had a sale for a bag of lemons which meant buying in mini-bulk made sense as opposed to buying 3 single ones. And hey - look at that! Instant centerpiece update! Our "lemon-inspired" spring makover just got real.

I didn't actually take any pictures while making that first batch, so my co-workers will reap the rewards tomorrow from tonight's Round 2!

The recipe that most appealed to me was from the Smitten Kitchen blog - her foodie photos will make you drool. Here's a
direct link to the recipe, I used the thinner lemon layer so it was not too overpowering.

After making a buttery crust, the lemons were squeezed and zested (is that a word?) to create the filling. I tend to "under-do" things in recipes, much to Bob's chagrin: less salt, less spices, etc. Instead of 3-4 lemons I only zested 2 and put in just under the recommended 2/3 cup of lemon juice. "Tartness" is definitely a flavor you do not want to be too overpowering in a recipe so keeping these a bit conservative still produced some great tasting bars.

The bars bake for about 35 minutes and the sugar makes a slightly caramelized topping. 
 When I made these this weekend it was a race against time as we did not get back from the grocery store until an hour or so before we had to head out to dinner. This meant little time for "cooling" and the lid was thrown on the bars as soon as they came out of the oven. I was a little worried what this might do to them, but we didn't taste any difference (maybe that was the secret to making them taste great??)

A little powdered sugar dusted on top, and Voila! Bring on Summer!

1 comment:

  1. As someone who has consumed 3 of your lemon bars this morning, thank you for making them!

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