Lemon Bars Recipe
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbs white sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- Dash of salt (if you use unsalted butter like I did)
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbs all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- 2/3 cup lemon juice makes for a very "lemony" taste, which a like, but reduce lemon juice and flour slightly for a less tart taste (be warned though, the less lemon juice you use, the more "eggy" the bars will taste, which some people don't care for)
- Confectioners sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
- Line a 13x9" baking pan with parchment paper (trust me.. do not omit the parchment paper or the struggle to remove the caramelized edges of the bars from the edges of the pan will be epic)
- In a medium bowl, mix together all of the crust ingredients. The consistency will be slightly crumbly once fully mixed.
- Pour the crumbly crust mixture into the 13x9" pan lined with parchment paper and use your fingers to press the mixture flat into the bottom of the pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven or until firm and golden
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the lemon custard, first mixing the sugar and flour together and then adding the eggs and lemon juice
- Pour lemon custard mixture over baked crust
- Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven
- Allow bars to completely cool (at least one hour) before lifting the bars out of the pan using the edges of the parchment paper
- Sprinkle bars with confectioners sugar
- Use a sharp knife to cut the bars into 2 inch squares (to prevent the knife from sticking to the bars, lightly butter the blade of the knife on both sides prior to cutting)
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve
Taste Test Impressions: These turned out exactly as expected-- tart and sweet and buttery. The only modifications I would make would be baking the crust slightly longer so that it was slightly browner-- I don't think I had the placement of my oven rack quite centered, so the baking time may have been a little off. Otherwise, these turned out quite delicious (if I do say so myself)!