lemon bars

February 20th, 2011 § 4 comments

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December 2010 . Lemons

“Think about the things you are thankful for.”

This weekend, I took a brief pause to think about and treasure the little things that make life special. It was dreary wet outside, but it didn’t stop me from trekking around town gathering supplies for my small weekend gardening project. As I walked through the city, I pondered some of the things I am grateful for: 1. My boots, waterproof and comfortable. My feet had plenty of support and stayed dry as I wandered through Russian Hill, Nob Hill and the Marina (about 4.5 miles round trip). Bonus points for me being able to pull together a stylish rainy-day outfit to match. 2. My jacket–warm, lightweight and trusty–at $75, that was my very first “big” purchase right out of high school. 11 years later, It’s still in great shape, lightweight, and warm. 3. San Francisco culture, a big motivator which helped inspire me to search out my culinary passion. My life in SF has brought me a greater sense of awareness of where food comes from, and what impact local, regional, organic, green-washed, and sustainable foods have on the community. I love being a lifelong culinary student. 4. My new oven thermometer, which has stopped my oven from burning food, setting off my smoke detecter, and has eased my annoyance and that of my neighbors. At first I thought my burnt meals were user error. It turns out my oven has an inconsistent tendency of running 25-100 degrees high–yikes! 5. Lemons. More specifically, my mother’s neighbor’s lemons. The bountiful tree branches into my mother’s backyard and during my last visit in December, she gifted me with a large grocery bag full of lemons. Amazingly they’re still good and this weekend I decided to put a couple to use–in my tea and in a batch of lemon bars.

February 2011 . Lemon

I was really suprised at how juicy and fresh the lemons were after all this time. Mind you, the above lemon is a bit wrinkled from sitting on my counter for a few hours before I decided to photograph it.

February 2011 . Lemon Zest

I love the smell of fresh lemon zest.

February 2011 . Lemon Bar Crust

I made the crust extra buttery. I haven’t yet met a recipe that couldn’t handle more butter than the instructions called for.

February 2011 . Lemon Bar

And the lemon bar, chock-full of lemony goodness. The simplicity of the recipe and buttery richness of the lemon bars were the perfect way to end my Sunday funday.

Lemon Bars
Makes 24 bars

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup butter, cut into pieces, room temperature
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 powdered sugar. Add butter and mix until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press mixture into the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ x 2″ baking dish. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven. Maintain oven temperature.
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon flour
1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
In a second bowl, beat eggs, 1 1/2 cups sugar, lemon juice, lemon peel. Pour on top of the crust. Bake 20 minutes until mixture is set and the edges are golden brown. Let cool.
Powdered sugar Cut into 24 bars. Using a sifter, sprinkle powdered sugar over lemon bars before serving.

P.S. I am also grateful for the visitors who frequent this blog and as a result, the friends I have made. 

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§ 4 Responses to lemon bars"

  • Brandi says:

    I don’t work much with lemons — it’s simply not a flavor I love as much as others, but these are so beautiful. I may make them just so I can give them to people. And lemons are so perfectly in season right now too! And I can’t believe your oven is running almost 100 degrees hotter at times! That’s crazy. An appliance that malfunctions that much would challenge any baker.

  • I have always been curious to see what a lemon bar tastes like – I need to try and make these ASAP! :)

  • allyn says:

    i adore lemons + fine every little thing i can to make with them. i am absolutely crazy about lemon baked goods. thanks for sharing the lemon bars + also inspiring everyone to be grateful. we should all practice gratuity daily!

    p.s. will need to pick your brain about having sf foodie adventures.

  • abigail says:

    so beautiful! I love lemon bars but have never made them.
    I’ll have to try.

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