Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Lemon Bars

I have been on a lemon kick lately.  I bought a huge bag of lemons from Costco so I am being adventurous.  Annie's graduation party is in May, and we are serving all desserts.  I found this lemon bar recipe, and I just love it.  It isn't too difficult, yet nice and lemony but not too sweet..... I love the shortbread-type crust.  The recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar in the filling.  I made a batch with 1/2 cups of sugar and one with 1 cup sugar.  Both were good - just depends on how sweet you like your lemon bars!  I also doubled the recipe - baked in a 9 x 13 and they were perfect!



Lemon Bars (adapted from Taste of Home)

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar

Filling:

2 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon peel
additional powdered sugar for dusting

Combine flour, butter and powdered sugar in a bowl.  Using a fork, mix til crumbly.  Pat into an 8x8 greased pan.  Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 - or until golden.  For filling, beat eggs in a medium bowl.  Add sugar, flour, baking powder,lemon juice and peel;  Beat until frothy.  Pour over the hot crust.  Bake 25 minutes longer or until light golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack.  When cool, dust with powdered sugar.

9 servings - 263 calories, 11 grams fat; 74 mg cholesterol, 140 mg sodium

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