Sweet and Tart Lemon Bars
2 cups unbleached or all-purpose flour 1 cup butter, very cold & cubed 1/2 cup confectioners sugar 3 large eggs 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/3 cup fresh or concentrated lemon juice (approximately juice of 2 lemons) 1 tablespoon lemon zest 3 tablespoons confectioners sugar
For the crust:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place the first 3 ingredients into a food processor and pulse for 10-15 seconds, or until the butter is pea-sized. Pour this crust mixture into a sprayed 9? x 13? baking pan. Place a piece of wax paper over the mixture and press until even and firm. Tip: Cover with wax paper (to keep it off your hands) and press until even and firm. Place in a preheated 350 degrees F oven and bake for 15 minutes. Note: Crust will not be completely baked.
For the filling:
Place the remaining ingredients, except for the confectioners sugar, into a mixing bowl. Tip: Always zest the lemon before juicing them, it’s difficult to zest lemons once they are juiced. Beat on low until blended and then on medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour the filling over the hot crust. Place in the preheated 350 degrees F oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the filling doesn’t jiggle. Cool the bars completely before dusting with confectioners sugar, then cut into bars.
Recipe and Photo:
Foodista / CC BY