Hi, Everybody! Happy First Day of June! As ready as I was for the summer to finally be here, I was definitely not prepared for the intense heat that we’ve been having this past week! I feel like it went from “light jacket kind of weather” to “I don’t even want to step outside kind of weather” within just a couple of days! But I’m not complaining, and am loving this much needed dose of Vitamin D every day! As you probably know from reading my blog, I love to bake, whether it’s in the fall when we crave those cozy, comforting pies and cakes, or in the summer, when all you want is something light and refreshing. These Lemon Bars that I’m sharing with you today are just that – deliciously refreshing! The crust is wonderfully sweet and buttery and perfectly complements the tart, gooey filling that’s dusted with a thin layer of sugar for a little extra sweetness! The perfect summer dessert!
(Recipe adapted from Ina Garten)
*Makes 16 squares*
YOU WILL NEED
4oz unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
Grated lemon zest from 1 lemon
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Confectioners sugar for dusting
1. First, preheat your oven to 350 deg F and line a 9×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Prepare your crust by mixing together the softened butter, sugar and salt. Once you have a smooth mixture, add in the flour and mix until you get a soft dough. Press the dough into your prepared baking pan, then let it chill in the fridge until your oven is ready. Bake the crust for 15 – 20 minutes, until it is just slightly golden brown.
2. Let the crust chill and prepare your filling. Whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, lemon zest and juice and flour and pour over the chilled crust. Bake (at 350 deg F again) for 35 – 40 minutes, or until the middle no longer jiggles. Let cool completely and dust with confectioners’ sugar before eating.
Happy Baking, Everyone!