Let’s start from the beginning here.
I’ve never really used citrus fruits in anything. That’s right, I’ve never made lemon bars, lemon meringue pie, key lime pie, etc etc etc. UNTIL THIS PAST WEEK. The problem is, The Boyfriend HATES all citrus fruits. I can’t even get him to drink orange juice. So the problem here lies in that if I don’t send whatever I have made to The Boyfriend’s Office, I tend to eat it all…as is the case with these lemon bars. THEY ARE JUST SO ADDICTIVE.
In the next couple of posts I’ll be showing you the different ways I have juiced lemons and limes, mostly because I made these lemon bars before I even considered buying a juicer of any sort, then when I decided to make key lime pie I decided I needed a juicer and a microplaner, and, well, it was a trip to World Market and The Wooden Spoon later that I had both.
The first thing you’ll need to make is your lemon bar crust, so, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and mix:
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup flour
1/8 tsp. salt
spread into a well greased 8×8 pan and bake for 20 minutes or until it starts to brown.
THEN COMES THE FUN PART!!!
While that is in the oven, you get to start juicing lemons…
So, my method this time was to cut the lemon into quarters and juice into a small bowl before I would then strain with my wire strainer to get out the pulp and the seeds into that measuring cup until I had 1/3 cup. It really didn’t take that long and I believe I used 3 lemons. YOU CAN DO THIS.
1/3 cup lemon juice
you will need:
1 cup sugar
1 Tbsp lemon zest
2 Tbsp flour
(you might want to zest your lemon before you juice it…just a helpful hint. )
just dump that mixture on top of your baked crust…
Don’t be like me and leave this sitting on your computer for a few minutes while you take pictures…the filling is pretty liquidy and will leak down into the crust….put it in your oven (which is already preheated to 350 degrees) ASAP
Leave it in there for about 20 minutes (the edges will begin to brown)
and you’ll have this:
then you’re going to sift some powdered sugar on top, let it chill in the refrigerator for about an hour or so and then! THEN!
THEN YOU WILL GAIN 50 LBS. 50 POUNDS JUST LOOKING AT THIS THING. I’M TELLING YOU.
Look forward to tomorrow where I will either talk about knitting or key lime pie! OH MY!