July 28, 2006


lemon bar for web.jpg

yum. i made these late yesterday afternoon. despite the fact that they are very rich and lemony, this is all that's left. i know that the crust looks a little thick, you'll be glad because it's so good. i've made a lot of lemon bars in my life, and, this is the very best recipe i've found. stop making your lemon curd over a double boiler -- it's really not necessary. this recipe is almost as easy as the betty crocker box lemon bars (which are pretty good, btw. just not nearly as good as these).

notice the "ourbucks" coffee cup in the background. if you're a long-time reader at the nbl, you'll know what that is. it's our little private coffee label. a joke.

lemon bars (recipe found at recipezaar)

2 c all-purpose flour
1/2 c powdered sugar
1 c butter, chilled and cut into pieces

curd topping:
4 large eggs
1 1/2 c sugar
1/4 c flour
3 lemons, juiced
2 lemons worth of zest
1 t baking powder
1/2 t salt

powdered sugar for dusting

1. crust: stir together flour and sugar. cut butter into mixture until crumbly. pat into bottom of buttered 9" x 13" baking pan. bake in 350F degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned.

2. meanwhile, prepare topping: beat eggs slightly. stir together sugar and flour in separate bowl. add to eggs. beat well. add lemon juice, zest, baking powder, salt. beat until smooth.

3.. pour over hot crust. return to oven. bake for 25-30 minutes longer, or until JUST set.

4. sprinkle with powdered sugar while hot. let cool (it will set up a lot more) and cut with a sharp knife into SMALL bars.

Posted by Stacey at July 28, 2006 10:58 AM