Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lovely Lemon Bars

Lovely Lemon Bars
This is my go-to recipe for easy lemon bars.  My friend Rebecca Bateman shared her recipe for these tart and tangy lemon bars, using only 2 lemons!  They are simply delicious and easily made a day in advance.  In fact they taste even better the next day!  Simply dust with powdered sugar and cut before serving.   For a pretty look at a party, I like to place lemon bars into white paper baking cups and place on beautiful serving tray.  


2 cups flour
½ cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened


2 cups granulated sugar
5 tablespoons flour
pinch salt
1 teaspoon baking POWDER
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 eggs
grated lemon peel of two lemons or zest of two lemons
juice of two lemons

First, zest your lemons and then juice them.  Set juice and zest aside.  Line a glass 9x13 inch baking dish with parchment paper.  In bowl of electric mixer, mix 2 cups flour with powdered sugar and butter. Press mixture into prepared 9x13 baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  In bowl of electric mixer mix granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg.  Add eggs, grated lemon peel and lemon juice and mix well. Pour onto crust while crust is hot out of the oven.  Bake an additional 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely.  Cover or carefully lift lemon bars out of baking dish with parchment paper. Cut into squares or cut squares into triangles. Dust with powdered sugar. ( I like to place a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar in a flour sifter and gently shake it over the top of the lemon bars to give them a nice even dusting of powdered sugar. )

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