Lemony Lemon Bars

This is by no means a “healthy” recipe, but it falls in step with one of my Sara B Principles…schedule treat time.

When J said he was craving something lemony and left a subtle hint of a lemon bar recipe on my computer, I knew I had to make these scrumptious bars during his “birthday week.” (his B-Day was Jan 20th!)
Needless to say, they turned out amazing!

Lemony Lemon Bars

recipe from Barefoot Contessa on Food Network
For the crust:
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour – used about 1/3 white whole wheat flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
For the filling:
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar – I usually manage to cut this down a little, say by a 1/4 a cup or so
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup flour

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.
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 and dust with confectioners’ sugar.
Lesson today: When life gives you lemons….make lemon bars!
Until next time…
look good, feel good, do good

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