I think that every baker has at least one recipe that is their old standby, the recipe that never fails them, always wins them rave reviews and the one item they are known for by their friends, family and peers. For me, that recipe is for my lemon bars.
These lemon bars are the best I've ever tasted, something that pretty much everyone who has ever tasted them, agrees on. The only complaint I've ever received was from a friend who said that after eating my lemon bars, he would buy other ones that he saw for sale, thinking they would be like mine, only to be hugely disappointed!
These lemon bars have a buttery shortbread-type crust, topped with a luscious sweet and tart lemon filling, dusted then with powdered sugar. And the best part about these lemon bars is that they are ridiculously easy to make. So next time you want an easy recipe, that will make you look like a baking star, try these!
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups granulated sugar
4 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
6 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon of pure lemon oil (NOT extract) OR 2 teaspoons fresh lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
To prepare the crust:
In a large bowl, sift together the 2 cups of flour with the confectioners sugar. Pour in melted butter and mix completely. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of a 13 X 9 inch glass baking dish.Bake for 20 minutes or until extremely light golden brown.
To prepare the filling:
In a large bowl, combine the granulated sugar, remaining flour and baking powder and whisk to distribute evenly. Add eggs, lemon juice and lemon oil, or zest and whisk until mixture is well blended.Pour over baked crust and return to the oven for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely. Once completely cooled, dust with confectioners sugar and cut into squares.