Hi everyone! For those of you living in the Bay Area, I hope you're enjoying this storm that has hit the West Coast, because I am. The torrential downpour. The lightning. The thunder. I'm loving it. Currently, my patio door is opened, making it ridiculously cold in my apartment, but I can clearly hear the rain falling on the ground with the thunder rolling by and it's totally worth it. It sends shivers up my spine and I can't help but smile.
For those of you that hate this wet, dark, weary and dreary weather, I've decided to post about a little ray of sunshine: lemon bars!
Aren't they so bright and scrumptious looking? It's like a little reminder of summer. Or something like that. Anyhow, a fellow friend gave me a bag of lemons from his backyard and I promised that I would use them for
Let's see what these little lemons can do!
Adapted from Bakerella.
Makes one 9"x13" dish.
* 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
* 1 3/4 cup AP flour
* 2/3 cup confectioner's sugar
* 1 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
* 1/4 cup AP flour
* 1 tsp baking powder
* 4 eggs slightly beaten
* 1/2 cup + 2 TBSP lemon juice
* zest of 1-2 lemons (~1 TBSP)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour a 9"x13" pan.
2. Crust: In large bowl, whisk together flour and confectioner's sugar. Cut butter into mixture until crumbly. Press mixture into bottom of pan (it helps if you have a smaller cookie sheet or something flat to make it even). Bake for 20 minutes until lightly golden.
3. While crust is baking, make the filling! In large bowl, combine whisk together sugar, flour, and baking powder. Then, add in beaten eggs, lemon juice, and lemond zest. (I actually also added about 2 TBSP of heavy whipping cream here because I had some. I don't think it made much of a difference.) Mix well and pour onto warm, baked crust.
4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the filling is set and a slight crust has formed on top. Let cool on wire rack, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least an hour. Slice into bars, dust with confectioner's sugar, and enjoy cold!
These bars were tasty. Not too sweet, and not too tart. The only thing I would want to change is to have more lemon filing, but that's because I am a fruit fiend and don't care too much for shortbread. But that's all for now. :)