So since I've come home, I'm super super glad to have my own kitchen again, with all my favorite yummy foods and ingredients, and I know where everything is and there are no rotten apples sitting in the fridge! So while I am not one of those constant bakers/cookers, I do love experimenting and trying out new foods and recipes.
So the other day we were walking through Trader Joe's and I picked up these lemon bars
. I don't normally go for the fruity types of desserts, but I thought why not. And honestly, I usually love everything at Trader Joe's but these lemon bars were not doing it for me. While some love the tartness and extreme "lemoniness" of lemon squares, it was too much for me. I much prefer them not overly lemony and a bit more sweet and crusty.
But my craving for lemon squares were not satisfied, so I found this wonderful wonderful recipe on Rachael Ray's website
I seriously have to pass along this favorite of mine...I've already made my third batch in less than a week! They are too good and just the perfect lemon square for my tastes! They aren't overly sweet too, which is awesome.
- 1/4 pound butter, softened
- 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
- 1 cup flour, plus 2 1/2 tablespoons, divided
- 1/2 teaspooon salt
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Butter (or Pam!) an 8-inch square pan. Combine the butter, confectioners' sugar, flour and salt and press into the bottom of the prepared pan, making a crust. Combine the eggs, granulated sugar, the remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, lemon juice and lemon zest and beat until light in color. Pour over the crust and bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool until cool to the touch, then dust the top with confectioners' sugar. Cut into uniform squares.
My only couple suggests after making these a couple times is that the butter has to pretty much be melted since that is what makes the dough stick together. And one whole lemon should do it--zesting that will give you about a tablespoon and just a little over 3 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Aren't they yummy? They will definitely be a favorite summer dessert.
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