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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Grandma's Lemon Bars

After we picked our lemons this weekend, I couldn't think of a better thing to make with them than my Grandma's Lemon Bars.  This has always been one of my favorite desserts, and is also a favorite of my Dad.

Our lemons are Meyer lemons, and I think that their distinct flavor - slightly sweeter and more fragrant than a true lemon - adds a wonderful dimension to these bars.

Grandma's Lemon Bars

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup cold butter, cut into pieces
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil or parchment paper, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

2. Stir together 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or fork until crumbly. Press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.

3. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

4. Meanwhile, whisk eggs in a large bowl until smooth; whisk in granulated sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

Stir together baking powder and remaining 1/4 cup flour; whisk into egg mixture.

Pour mixture over hot baked crust.

5. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until filling is set.

Let cool in pan on a wire rack 30 minutes. Lift from pan, using foil sides as handles. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes). Remove foil, and cut into bars; sprinkle with powdered sugar.

These were so delicious.  Grandma has been gone for almost 15 years, but I felt like I was back in her kitchen.  I wish you could be here to taste them.

Actually, you'd better make them yourselves - they didn't last 24 hours here!

Do you enjoy lemon bars?

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  1. Love anything lemon... also love your ducky timer. Thanks for posting on Foodie Friends Friday.
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  2. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back on Sunday to vote and next week to join the party with another great recipe!