Jul 31, 2013

Lucious Lemon Bars

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Cooks Note: Keeping with the Lemon theme this week, I decided, of course, Lemon Bars! These bars are really delish, and I really didn't expect to have to change anything since they are from the Barefoot Contessa herself, Ina Garten. But there is one change I would make. I would not change the recipe ingredients at all, because the taste is amazing, but I had a hell of a time with the bars getting stuck to the parchment paper, so maybe I would spray it with cooking spray prior to baking. Other than that, I think this is a great recipe worth making again and again. Enjoy! 
4oz unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt

3 eggs
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
Grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Confectioners sugar for dusting
1. First, preheat your oven to 350 degree (F) and line a 9x9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Prepare your crust by mixing together the softened butter, sugar and salt. Once you have a smooth mixture, add in the flour and mix until you get a soft dough. Press the dough into your prepared baking pan, then let it chill in the fridge until your oven is ready. Bake the crust for 15 - 20 minutes, until it is just slightly golden brown.
2. Let the crust chill and prepare your filling. Whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, lemon zest and juice and flour and pour over the chilled crust. Bake (at 350 degree F again) for 35 - 40 minutes, or until the middle no longer jiggles. Let cool completely and dust with confectioners' sugar before eating. 
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