Friday, September 10, 2010

What's cooking - Lemon Bars

I've been debating for a while on whether or not I should make these Lemon Bars because, from my past experiences the lemon bars I've tasted were way to tart for my liking.  I finally decided to give this recipe a try which was adopted by Ina Garten.  The recipe uses the juice from 2 limes which gave these babies a great contrast.  I don't mean to toot my own horn but BEEP BEEP.   Enjoy!

  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
For The Filling
  • 6 extra large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1 cup flour
  • Confectioners sugar for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill for 15minutes.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.
For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature. Cut into triangles or squares and dust with confectioners' sugar.


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