Recipe: Lemon Bars

Hello, there!

It’s been a long while since I last posted a baking recipe (last time I recall being last year…how time flies!). Then again, it’s also been forever since I last baked, just because I didn’t have an oven while living in France and the fact that I haven’t had opportunities to really bake, even when back at home.

However, I received a *massive* bag of lemons from my relatives not too long ago, and considering that I didn’t want to keep making lemonade for days, I decided to use some to make lemon bars! Also known as “lemon squares,” these tangy-sweet, crusty treats are wonderfully-cool and refreshing to enjoy in the summer, along with a nice glass of…lemonade?! As the old saying goes, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” (or lemon bars, in this instance!).

Any case, on to the recipe! Enjoy. 🙂

Lemon bars!

Lemon Bars (makes 24 squares)

(for crust)

2 cups flour

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2 sticks)

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). In a bowl, combine the butter and white sugar before adding in the flour. Mix until it forms a light-colored dough.

Line a 9 x 13 inch pan with parchment paper and press the dough in, making sure that it’s evenly spread out. Using a fork, lightly poke some holes throughout the dough to let out air as it cooks.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly browned. Take it out and let it cool for at least 10-15 minutes.

(for the lemon filling)

6 eggs, beaten

3 cups white sugar

1/2 cup lemon juice (3-4 lemons, squeezed)

1 cup flour

zest of one lemon (optional)

powdered sugar (to dust)

Whisk in all ingredients before pouring onto the crust. Return to oven to bake for 30-35 minutes.

Take out the pan and let it cool on a wire rack until completely cooled. Sprinkle on powdered sugar just before serving.

*note* While it’s completely fine to serve lemon bars at room temperature, I’ve found them to be tastier/more lemony when they’re refrigerated. Only a personal preference, though!

Bon appétit!

— The Finicky Cynic

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18 thoughts on “Recipe: Lemon Bars

  1. Mmmm lemon bars!! I miss having an oven. A tip (maybe you know this already..) ~ before cutting the lemons, put them in the microwave for between 6 and 10 seconds, then roll them before cutting. You will get double the juice and double the tartness!!

    1. rebbit7

      Lemon bars are great! I did put the lemons in the microwave to get the juices flowing. Worked well, although piping out when they came out!

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