Craving lemon bars over the weekend so I decided to make some. You know me and lemon-based desserts. ;)
For this zesty and bright lemony beauties, I followed Ina Garten’s recipe only to realize that I should have adjusted the proportions of ingredients to the size of my baking pan. The original recipe calls for 9×12″ baking sheet while the one I have at home is 6×10″ – too small! As a result I only got to use half of the crust dough and I poured all of the filling in, this made my lemon bars too lemon-y as the crust to filling ratio was off. I should go get a new baking sheet soon.
Otherwise, this came out to be a success and I’d totally make this again. Original recipe posted below.
For the crust:
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
For the filling:
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup flour
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.
Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.
For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.
Cut into squares and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
Nibbling on lemon bars and sipping on warm tea makes a lovely start to my week.
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