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Lemon Bars for the start of Fall 
 
Sep. 24, 2012 7:36 am 
Updated: Sep. 24, 2012 11:08 am
I love lemon bars because they remind me of times I've lived on both coasts...in Arizona where I ran along canals lined by citrus orchards, and in the Wash DC area where loads of oranges and lemons were brought up from Florida every summer by neighbors returning from vacation.  My fascination with lemons themselves began after reading about salting them as a treat in a coming-of-age book about a young girl in a Japanese concentration camp.  You'll find thick slices in my ice water at home, or cut into wedges to be used in my recipes for fish. 


Their vibrant taste works great in desserts, and I finally came across a years-old, generation-passed recipe that I was able to modify with bottled lemon juice in place of freshly squeezed juice and grated zest.  This recipe is just the right mix of tart and sweet, and not at all puckery-lemony, complete with a shortbread crust that is rich and tender.  The final product proves that the lemon is more than just a pretty face, bright and shiny yellow.  Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top and you get a pretty amazing little dessert. 


Ingredients:
1 1/2 c all purpose flour
2/3 c powdered sugar
3/4 c butter, softened
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 c sugar
3 T flour
1/4 c lemon juice


Directions:
1.  Combine flour, powdered sugar and butter.  Pat into greased 9x13 baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minute.
2.  In a bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, flour and lemon juice until frothy.  Pour over the hot crust.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 min or until light golden brown.  Cool.
3.  Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar.  Cut into squares.
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Sep. 24, 2012 7:43 am
I love, love, love, love lemon bars. They are so yummy, and fairly easy to make. I will have to try your recipe the next time I make them (and looking at your picture, that may be sooner than later, lol) they look and sound delicious. Thanks for sharing.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 9:22 am
This is very close to my mom's recipe. She used powdered sugar in her base as well. I have a batch in my kitchen right now! They look wonderful.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 10:22 am
I love lemons, And I am sure I would love this.
 
Sep. 24, 2012 11:08 am
Thanks much! The thing I love about this recipe (and I haven't added it to AR yet) is the use of bottled lemon juice. While it may not be totally authentic, it helps making these much more quickly!! And, re: the use of powdered sugar in the crust...I agree, it makes for a really delicious shortbread. I've also substituted butter-flavored Crisco for the butter, but only because I didn't have time to soften the butter just via room temperature. :) I hope you like them!!!
 
 
 
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