Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Lemon Pie Bars
The first lemon bar received great compliments. However, I still believed that another recipe could be even better and I was sure my family would agree. So, I proceeded on to make Allrecipes' Lemon Pie Bars. Although these use less lemon juice than the Lemon Square Bars, they also have less sugar so I figured they'd be a little more tart. Plus, they have some lemon zest which would brighten up the flavor as well.
Sure enough, my family agreed that the lemon flavor was more pronounced in these bars. Hence, they were better. In addition, I learned my lesson from the first lemon bars and baked these for less time. As a result, the lemon filling was less solid and more gel-like (as my sister puts it), also a good thing. We tried one more lemon bar recipe but it couldn't compare to this one. These are clearly now the favorite in our family.
Lemon Pie Bars (Allrecipes)
2 c. flour
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 c. butter, softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. lemon zest
1/4 c. flour
Preheat oven to 350F. Combine the flour and powdered sugar. Cut in the butter. Mix well until the dough resembles pie dough. Press the dough into a 9x13 pan.
Bake 15-20 min. or until golden brown.
Beat together eggs, sugar, flour, lemon juice, and lemon zest for at least 1 min. Pour the mixture over the baked crust. Bake the bars for another 15-20 min., or until the lemon topping has set (mine took 15 min.). Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cooled.