Friday, September 29, 2006

Lemon Bars


Another great treat from Alice Medrich. Very tart yet sweet and totally addicting.

Recipe:
From Alice Medrich's Cookies and Brownies:

Ingredients:
Crust:
8 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

Topping:
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1.5 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1/2 cup strained fresh lemon juice
2 to 3 Tbsp powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:
1. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil on all 4 sides. Preheat oven to 350 F. Position a rack in the lower third of oven
2. For crust: melt butter in medium saucepan. Remove from heat and stir in sugar, vanilla, and salt. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated. Press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the crust is well browned at the edges and lightly browned in center.
3. For topping: while the crust is baking, stir together the sugar and flour in a medium bowl until wel mixed. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. When crust is ready, turn the oven down to 300 F and slide the rack out without removing the pan. Pour filling over hot crust.
4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until the topping is pufed at the eges and no longer jiggles in the center when pan is tapped. Set on a rack and cool completely in pan. When cooled, lift the foil liner and transfer to cutting board and cut into 16 bars. Sieve powdered sugar oer bars just before serving.

8 comments:

Peony said...

any pastries or cakes with lemon is my favourite, especially lemon meringue pie.
thanks for this recipe.

Gracio said...

diddy, this is so cool! :) I love lemony taste! :)

Angie said...

Didiy, these bars look so good! I like Alice Medrich's recipes too, have tried two chocolate recipe of hers.

diddy said...

thanks peony, gracio and angie! Lemons are a nice change from the usual vanilla and chocolate. Angie, which 2 recipes did you try from Alice? They all look good and I can't decide which one to make next!

evan said...

this is another must-try recipe. thx for sharing, diddy!

Val Smith - a Member from England, said...

These are great! I enjoyed making them - so easy and my husband loved eating them. I will definitely be making these again and I am now looking out for more Alice Medrich recipes. Thanks very much for this recipe.

Val - England

diddy said...

I'm glad you and your husband liked it, val! Alice has awesome recipes!

Angie said...

Diddy,

I've tried the chocolate pound cake, and the marbled cake, both are delish!