Last updated on February 21st, 2017 at 08:19 pm
Lemon Bars – A classic recipe with a shortbread crust and a tart and lemony curd filling. These lemon bars are luscious and totally scrumptious.
Lemons, lemons, lemons! Meyer Lemons! When life gives you lemons you make lemon bars or lemon chicken piccata!
I’m still working my way through all the Meyer lemons I bought. These lemon bars though, are so good and such a great use of those Meyer lemons. I have been wanting to make these bars forever and I finally made them and I’m so glad I did. They were totally worth it. If you love lemons, or lemon bars, or anything lemony, you must try these lemon bars.
There are only a few shopping days left, and I’m so happy to tell you I am officially done with my shopping, and the gift wrapping, and decorating and it feels wonderful. It’s all done! Usually I’m out there shopping on Christmas Eve with everyone else, but this year, we finished early. Which is fantastic because it gives me extra time to bake! YAY!
And that’s just what I did. One of my favorite chefs is Ina Garten, I love her cooking style and this is why I chose her recipe for lemon bars. I’m glad I did because these are the best lemon bars I’ve had, they’re sweet and tart and lemony, just what you want in a lemon bar.
These lemon bars start with a simple yet delicious shortbread crust, that basically requires only 3 ingredients, flour, butter and sugar. To make it easier to remove the bars I lined my baking pan with parchment paper and left the edges longer, so that I can easily pull it out by lifting up the parchment paper. Great tip and not only does it make it easier to lift out the bars, but you will also end up with a pretty clean baking pan, not much scrubbing and cleaning required.
This is really simple to make. You just have to use your hands to flatten out the shortbread dough and make sure the entire surface is covered. Pop the shortbread in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, just until you see the edges start to brown a bit.
While the crust is baking in the oven you can make the filling. You’ll need about 2 tbsp of lemon zest. I was able to get this from 3 lemons, but it could differ for you. You’ll also need 6 eggs at room temperature and about a cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. I needed about 7 Meyer lemons to get 1 cup of lemon juice.
Once your crust is done, you need to let it cool at room temperature. Once cooled, you can pour the filling over the crust and pop it back in the oven to bake for about another 35 minutes or just until the filling sets.
Now you need patience, as hard as it may be, you need to let the whole thing cool at room temperature. It will smell delicious and you will be tempted to cut into it, but try and resist. Now this is where the parchment paper comes in handy, you can just lift up the edges and the whole thing comes out easily which makes it super easy to cut.
You can cut into squares or triangles, totally up to you. I just thought triangles look cuter and since my squares were pretty big, triangles would make for a more normal portion. And of course to finish off these puppies, you need to dust them with some powdered sugar. Totally yum and worth the effort, though honestly, not a lot of effort is required.
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For the Crust
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 sticks unsalted butter 1/2 lb, at room temperature
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- pinch of salt
For the Filling
- 6 eggs at room temperature
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp grated lemon zest
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 350 F degrees.
- Prepare a 9x13 inch baking pan with parchment paper, make sure the parchment paper is long enough to come over the sides, this will make it easy to pull out the bars.
- In the bowl of your mixer add sugar and butter and beat using the paddle attachment until light. Add flour and salt and mix until the dough starts forming into a ball. It will still crumble easily.
- Dump the dough into the prepared baking dish and flatten using your floured hands. I straightened mine out with a spatula, but it's not necessary.
- Bake the crust for 20 minutes, until very lightly browned, you'll start seeing the edges brown. Let it cool and leave the oven on.
- To make the filling, whisk together all the filling ingredients. Pour over cooled crust and bake for another 30 to 35 minutes or until the filling is set. Let cool at room temperature.
- Cut into triangles or squares and dust with powdered sugar.
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