Lemon Bars


Lemon Bars

Ingredients

1 cup (250 ml) all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (180 ml) powdered sugar
1/4 cup (60 ml) cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) baking powder
1/8 teaspoon (0.5 ml) salt
1/2 cup (125 ml) butter, melted
2 eggs
1/2 cup (125 ml) fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon (5 ml) grated lemon zest
1 cup (250 ml) granulated sugar
3 tablespoons (45 ml) all-purpose flour
1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lemon juice

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Stir in melted butter. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9×9 inch baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes.
3. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, 1/2 cup lemon juice, and lemon zest. Pour over crust.
4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.
5. Combine granulated sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Drizzle over bars.
6. Cool bars completely before cutting into squares.

Potential changes & improvements

-Try using a different citrus fruit, such as oranges or grapefruit.
-Add a layer of berries, jam, or chocolate on top of the bars.
-For a more intense lemon flavor, use the zest of 2 lemons.

What other food it works well with

These lemon bars pair well with tea or coffee. They would also be a good dessert to bring to a potluck or picnic.

Common Mistakes

-Not preheating the oven: This step is important in order to ensure that the bars bake evenly.
-Overbaking the bars: The bars are done when the topping is set and the edges are lightly browned. If the bars are baked for too long, they will be dry and crumbly.
-Not using fresh lemon juice: The flavor of these bars comes from the lemon zest and juice, so it is important to use fresh lemons. If you do not have fresh lemons, you can use bottled lemon juice.

Nutritional Information

Serving size: 1 bar
Calories: 150
Fat: 7 g
Saturated fat: 4 g
Unsaturated fat: 2.5 g
Trans fat: 0 g
Carbohydrates: 20 g
Sugar: 11 g
Fiber: 0.5 g
Protein: 2 g

Allergens

Wheat, eggs, dairy


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