Lemon Bars

Once upon a time, I avoided lemon flavoured desserts. It seemed wrong to me that dessert would be made with lemons. They’re acidic and too tangy people! They will just ruin the perfect dessert!

Silly Candice. One should not make an opinion about something unless one has tried it thyself. Then one is granted all privilege to make judgements on said thing.

My view changed when I had a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie from a friend. I was in disbelief that something so err …unpleasant… would make my taste buds dance and sing to the heavens! “If lemon be the food of love, eat on!” Sayeth my tongue. 

On Sunday night, I decided to try Lemon Bars. We were expecting my uncle for dinner and I needed a dessert that was little prep and little bake time. On my first attempt I made one blunder. In the original recipe, the baker made her bars in a 9 x 13 pan. I on the other hand, made mine in a rectangular shaped cupcake baking pan. So the dimensions were smaller. Shamefully, I baked my bars in the same amount of time it took the 9 x 13 pans and burnt them all. *hangs head in shame* They were surprisingly good though. My uncle ate and licked his plate to boot. No, that last part did not happen but he said it was good and ate all of it!

Two tablespoons of perfection, a cup of determination and a constant nagging in my head pressed me to revisit the recipe with minor alterations. I baked the crust in half the original time but baked the filling in its original time, which equaled to SCRUMDIDDLYUMPTIOUSNESS!

P.S. I also halved the original recipe.

Here! The recipe [plus pictures] for all, from Bakerella.

Lemon Bars

1 cup butter
1 3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar (plus more for dusting)

1 1/2 cup plain sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
4 eggs, slightly beaten
1/2 cup lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease and flour a 9 X 13 pan

To make crust:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and confectioner’s sugar
  • Cut in butter until combined and crumbly.
  • Press mixture into bottom of pan.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until golden.

To make topping:

  • While crust is baking, prepare topping.
  • In a larger bowl, add sugar, flour, and baking powder.
  • Then add slightly beaten eggs and lemon juice.
  • Mix well and pour on top of warm baked crust.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  • When cool, dust with confectioner’s sugar and refrigerate.
  • Cut into bars and enjoy them cold!

{Getting my hands dirty. Pressing the crust into the pan}

{They look so ugly when they’re done. Urgh. I will spare you the details of my sister’s description of them}

{Half a cup full of powdered sugar helps the lemons go down -tehe}

{Bon Appetit}