So I could write a very detailed entry about this fiasco of lemons but I'll make it short. My husband told me we needed 100 cookies for a church function at 9:30pm, after I had already been to the store and picked up dinner. Since I had been gone for over an hour I just wanted to eat and figured, ok I'll just make something. So after a spoiled attempt at a double batch of lemon bars and a somehow flattened batch of chocolate chip cookies I headed to bed. In the morning I just couldn't live with the lemon bars. So I rushed home after church and whipped up another double patch. PERFECT!! Anyway, when I arrived at the church my husband asked me if I put the food with the rest of the snacks " What other snack?"
Let me say briefly I was not a happy camper, neither was my husband when I was done with him, when I entered the room and found over 4 13x9 pans of cake, boxes of cookies, 6 gallons of juice and 2 huge buckets of ice cream. I lost sleep to be out done by boxed cake!!! You have got to be kidding. So being the big person I am, I avoided the event and silently set up all the desserts and drinks neatly across the tables.
In the end I learned never to trust my husbands estimates and ended up wit ha great lemon bar recipe! And that is what I will gladly share with all of you!! ENJOY!!
Note: These bars are nice and lemony. For lovers of lemon you might want to add maybe a tablespoon or two more of juice. Be sure to add a couple pinched of flour to accommodate the extra juice. If you barely like a lemon taste make it 6 tablespoons of juice and 4 tablespoons of flour.
Yummy Lemon Bars
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup white sugar
- 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 8 tablespoons lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
- Grease 13 x 9 pan with butter and line with parchment paper. (Makes it easier to remove when done and it's easier to clean your pan)
- Crust: Mix together the butter, 2 2/3 flour and 1/2 cup sugar with a fork until crumbly. Press into prepared 13 x 9 pan and bake for 20 minutes. Crust will look white. Do not brown!
- Combine the eggs, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, 5 tablespoons flour, baking powder and lemon juice ( I love my Cuisinart hand mixer for this!). Blend until well mixed. Pour over pre-baked crust.
- Return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let bars cool completley. When cooled sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into squares of bars.