Lemon bars

Starting my new job, I knew I wanted to do something special for each of my team member’s birthdays. For the first birthday celebration, the lady of the day’s favorite flavor was lemon. I decided to make classic lemon bars for the first time. Plus I made candied lemon slices for an extra lemony garnish.

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First, you make the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9 x 13 in pan with oil. Line the pan with foil leaving as much overhang on the edges as possible. Grease the foil with oil too.

  • Vegetable oil for greasing the pan
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, diced
  • 2 cups flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

I don’t have a food processor (yet) so I mixed the ingredients with my immersion blender. Mix together the butter, flour, sugars, and salt until the dough forms. Press the dough into the pan to shape your crust. Back for about 25 minutes until golden, it will smell amazing.

Then you want to make the filling.

  • 4 eggs plus 2 egg yolks 
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice, about 8 lemon’s worth

Whisk together the eggs and yolks with the sugar and flour. Add in lemon zest and juice.

Remove the crust from the oven and reduce the heat to 300 degrees. Pour the filling into the crust and back for about 35 minutes until set. Let the pan cool and then refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Lift the bars out of the pan by the foil and slice into bars. Dust with confectioner’s sugar, add candied lemon slices, and pucker up!