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Luscious Lemon Bars

Luscious Lemon Bars

These bright, sunny lemon bars make the perfect after school or teatime treat. They are quick and easy to make, and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. That perfect balance of sweet, tart, crunchy and creamy. Lemon bars are bound to become a family favorite!

Luscious Lemon Bars | cookglobaleatlocal.comThese lovely lemon bars used to be one of my favorite after school indulgences.  In high school, I would rush home to make these quick and easy bars, which my siblings and I devoured in under an hour.

Of course, I can no longer indulge in such things on a daily basis.  However, it’s a lot of fun to treat my own children to a batch once in while.  The best part is, these bars come together quickly and require only a few ingredients.  So, they’re a very easy spoil.

If you’ve never had a lemon bar before, you’re in for a great surprise.  They are tangy, and sweet — without being cloying.  What I like best about these bars is the contrast in textures between the crunchy shortbread base and the custardy lemon filling.

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About the Recipe

Ingredients

This recipe is really very simple.  However, like all simple recipes, ingredient quality is key.  With that in mind, do use fresh lemon juice and zest, if at all possible.  I have made the bars many times as a teenager with bottled lemon juice and, while it did assuage my craving, it’s simply not the same.

The Shortbread Crust

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Press the shortbread crust mixture firmly into a greased square baking dish.

The crust mix will be very crumbly, almost sandy.   Don’t worry.  This is exactly what you want.  You will press the crumbs into the greased pan carefully and, trust me, the crust will hold together when baked.

So, don’t overwork the crust hoping it will form a ball.  It won’t, and it shouldn’t.

The Filling

The filling will be foamy when it is whisked together.  Don’t let this surprise you.  The foam is a result of the interaction between the baking powder and the lemon juice.  It contributes to the lightness of the bars.  So, that foam is  exactly what you want to see.

Finally, I hope your family loves these bars as much as mine does! Bon appétit!

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Luscious Lemon Bars
Luscious Lemon Bars
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Category: dessert
Cuisine: American

These bright, sunny lemon bars make the perfect after school or teatime treat. They are quick and easy to make, and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's face. That perfect balance of sweet, tart, crunchy and creamy. They're bound to become a family favorite!


    For the shortbread crust
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup cake flour (or all purpose flour)
    For the lemon filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cake flour (or all purpose flour)
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (if using fresh, +/- juice of 1 lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • icing sugar (powdered sugar), to decorate

  1. Preheat the oven to 176° C (350° F).
  2. Grease a 20 cm (8 in) square baking dish.
  3. To prepare the crust, beat butter and sugar in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Add flour to the bowl and cut through with a fork until coarse crumbs are formed. Be careful not to overwork the flour, or the crust will become tough. Press the crumbs into the base of the prepared baking dish. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until light golden brown around the edges.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the lemon filling. Mix filling ingredients in a medium bowl until thoroughly combined.
  5. Pour the filling mixture over the pre-baked crust and return to the oven for an additional 20 minutes, or until golden brown around the edges.
  6. Cool thoroughly and decorate with powdered sugar. Cut into bars for serving.

Prep Time: 10 minutes - Cook Time: 40 minutes Yield: 8
Calories per serving: 254.46 kcal
Fat per serving: 8.87 g
Saturated fat per serving: 5.22 g
Carbs per serving: 41.44 g
Protein per serving: 3.04 g
Fiber per serving: 0.4 g
Sugar per serving: 26.03 g
Sodium per serving: 28.39 mg
Trans fat per serving: 0.31 g
Cholesterol per serving: 60.33 mg
Nutrition label for Luscious Lemon Bars
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