Thursday, July 9, 2015

Lemon Bars : Bake-Along #82

It's time for Bake-Along #82, and the theme selected by me is "Lemon Bars". I love lemon bars, and I've selected this theme to bake together with Lena and Zoe. Everyone is welcome to join us!

These lemon bars are just so addictive! I have made them many times, but have never posted it in my blog before.



These squares are so easy to make, and even easier to finish! Either squares or bars, they are the same. Cut into squares, they are called lemon squares, cut into rectangles, they are called lemon bars. The base is a shortbread crust, which is tender and buttery. The topping is tangy lemon curd. Some recipes call for the lemon curd to be cooked before spreading onto the lightly baked crust and baked till done. But this recipe is easier. The ingredients for the topping is mixed in a bowl, and then pour over the crust, baked till the topping is just set. Really easy!


Cut into squares or bars, whichever your prefer. Sprinkle some powdered sugar over the squares just before serving.



These are so addictive! Really difficult to stop at just two pieces! The first time I made this, I followed the exact measurement in the recipe, and find that the topping is really sour. Lemons that are sold here are very sour, unlike the Meyer lemons which has a sweeter taste. I have not tasted Meyer lemons before, have read about it though, and would love to get my hands on some, but have not seen them before. However, the author has made a note for "a less pucker-up lemon flavour", to decrease the lemon juice to 1/3 cup and the flour to 2 tablespoons. I followed this less pucker-up measurements, and the result is one outstanding delicious square, and I have made these delicious squares many times now. Try it yourself, be warned, they are rather addictive!


note : my changes listed in blue
Lemony Lemon Squares
(adapted from "Bake Something Great", Jill Snider)
Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
8-inch square cake pan, greased

Crust :
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar (less 1 tablespoon)
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed (100gm)

Topping :
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar (scant 3/4 cup)
3 tbsp all-purpose flour (2 tbsp)
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/3 cup)

  1. For the crust : In a bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, 2 knives or your fingers, cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press evenly into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven until lightly browned around the edges, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. For the topping : In a bowl, whisk eggs, sugar, flour, lemon zest and juice just until smooth. Don't overbeat. Pour over crust.
  3. Return to oven and bake just until set, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on rack. Cut into squares.

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9 comments:

  1. This is sinfully delicious. I love this yellow bar so much. I just need to taste one bite of the bar enough. Hehehe! Nice bake, Joyce.

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  2. Sounds yummy and easy, must ask my hubby to try making some lemon bars for us too.

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  3. Hi Joyce,
    These Lemony Lemon Squares of yours looked great and yummy. Very addictive, right ?

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  4. Hi Joyce! Oh yes, these lemon bars are super addictive! I almost ate the whole tray myself hah..hah... I'm thinking of baking another one for this Bake Along!

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  5. Sweet and tangy...a perfect combo of flavours. These lemon bars look very moist and amazingly delicious.

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  6. This is a great treat, Joyce, they look delicious! Lemon beats chocolate every day here!

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  7. i see that our recipes are quite similar. I can understand why they are so addictive...hey, i like to eat them cold from the fridge!

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  8. Hi Joyce,

    Your lemon bars look very easy to make too! Just mix mix mix and bake... Oh! I like!!!! :D

    I have made two different kinds of lemon bars too. I know that lemons being lemons and they are going to be ALL sour and so I choose not to reduce too much sugar. *tink*... hee hee

    Zoe

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  9. Me too! love cold lemon bars;D Absolutely yummy!

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