Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lemon-y Goodness

I know I've made lemon bars before, because I have the proof in a blog post. Except while I took pictures of the final product I didn't really post a recipe, so when I wanted to make some for a recent LSU game I didn't know where to start. Except that I loved the ones I made before and was hoping to recreate them. After a little google-ing I'm pretty sure this recipe from allrecipes.com was the one I used as an outline. And this time I made sure to photograph the process so the next time I know what to do!

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups flour
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Juice from 2 lemons
Zest from 1 lemon

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2. Blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar.

A mixer would have probably been good for this, but to keep things easy I basically used a knife to cut the butter into the flour/sugar. It wasn't perfectly mixed at this time, but I'm pretty sure the point is to still have a few chunks of butter.
3. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan
4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden

The time is from the official recipe, except ours never really got "golden." I think I coooked it for close to 40 minutes. You can see that around the edges it was getting dark, but the bulk of it was still white-ish. I was a little afraid of under cooking it, till I realized the eating raw butter, flour, and sugar wouldn't really be a problem.
5. Meanwhile while the crust is baking whisk together remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs, lemon juice, & lemon zest.
The lemon zest was all my idea. I stuck with the zest from only one of the lemons afraid it would be too lemon-y, but I think you'd be safe to use both.
6. Pour the lemon juice over the baked crust...
and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
7. Let cool
(I'm pretty sure I used the fridge to help this process since I was running late after it took almost forever for the crust to turn golden) and garnish with powdered sugar.
8. Cut into bite-sized squares and enjoy!

Lemon Bars
Seriously, these are ridiculously true. And despite my long-winded rambling they are almost amazingly easy. I actually thought about picking up a box mix for this, but with so few ingredients needed, these really are worth making them from scratch.

Are you a lemon bar fan? Have you ever made them and if so, do you have a favorite recipe?


  1. My husband loves lemon bars. I haven't found a recipe I've been successful with. I'm going to try yours soon!

  2. Those look delish! Thanks for stopping by my blog!