Thursday, April 8, 2010

L is for Lemon Bars

as spring begins to peek about
i long for a day in the garden
eating lemon bars
and sipping tea
Mim's Lemon Bars
(printable recipe)
(these were originally passed on to me from the mother of my good friend--i play around with the recipe a bit)
Crust
2 cups flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)
1 cup unsalted butter--melted
Filling
6 large eggs
2 3/4 cups sugar
1 tsp baking powder
6 Tbs flour
2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
pinch salt
For Crust:  prepare an 8x8 pan by lining with aluminum foil allowing the foil to come up the sides and extend at least an inch.  lightly spray with pan spray.  mix all crust ingredients together and press into pan.  Bake at 350 until just starting to brown.  
For Filling:  In a mixing bowl, with the whisk attachment, beat all ingredients until pale and fluffy.  Pour over hot crust and bake about 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan and refrigerate at least 4 hours before cutting.  Sift powdered sugar over the top and serve chilled.
Variation:  Make 1 1/2 times the crust recipe and use 2/3 for the bottom of the bars.  To the remaining, add additional generous pinch of cardamom and 1/4 cup sweetened coconut.  After 15 minutes of baking, lightly sprinkle the topping onto the bars and cook until golden brown.

Hey! you know what else starts with the letter L? Limoncello
I did this post a long time ago...but think it is worth sharing, since we are celebrating
all things lemon. aren't we?
I am participating in alphabe-thursday over at 

you should go check it out
and see what all the fun is about
this week
sponsored by the letter L

38 comments:

  1. Mim is going to be so proud!

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  2. That Looks delicious. Great recipe

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  3. wow, these look spectacular! I may have to make them! I have the post up and it is listed under Orange Marinated Pork Tenderloin-which you can change, just let me know what else you need me to do! Anne

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  4. I love lemon bars. And Limoncello! all things lemon really. I will be trying these out soon. Thanks for the recipe.

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  5. Can't wait to try making the lemon bars!! Lemon bars are my husband's favorite treat! They look fantastic!!

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  6. Yumm. My grown daughters and I all love lemon bars. Have not had one I did not like yet. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  7. this is a yummy L...

    Come and link this up to my Round Robin post tomorrow... I would love to have you stop by..

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  8. I really love lemon bars. They are also one of my sons favorite cookies. (Peanut butter cookies are the other.)

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  9. those lemon bars look really delish!!!

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  10. I loveeeeeeee lemon bars. I can't wait to give your recipe a try this week-end. This is my first participation in Alphabet Thursday. It is so much fun visiting all of the participating blogs! I hope you drop by mine when you can.

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  11. I love lemon bars! I'll have to try this recipe since it appears to have a thin layer of crust and a thick layer of lemon filling. Most I've tried never have enough lemon filling for me, but these look perfect.

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  12. absolutely delightful! I'm pulling up a chair to eat and sip with you! I hopped over from Alphabe-Thursday and am so happy that I did! I am the new kid in class, and learning my way around. Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when you get a moment. I have become a follower and hope you'll do the same. until later...

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  13. Those look delicious! I love lemon bars/limoncello... wonderful photos!

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  14. i've never had limoncello, looks delish :D

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  15. I absolutely love lemon bars and these look delightful! I'll have to give them a try!

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  16. These look like a taste of springtime. I will have to make them this weekend! When you talk baout tea, I hope it is sweet tea with a sprig of mint! thank you for the excellent post!

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  17. I hope you enjoyed your time at the Round Robin...

    Thanks for stopping by..

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  18. Here from SITS! Hope to sit down a while...maybe eat one of these! mmm I love lemon bars.
    Shamrocks and Shenanigans

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  19. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I am just now getting around to everyone. Those lemon bars look scrumptious. I love lemon. I have limoncello here. That is some powerful stuff. Only drink a small amount. My daughter-in-law is Italian.

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  20. Just amazing! Lemon bars are one of my favorite non-chocolate things :)

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  21. The middle of those lemon bars looks soooooo good! Lemon has to be my favorite 'L' flavour!

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  22. I just adore lemon bars! I have never put cardamon in mine, but It would be great I think! Joni

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  23. Lemon bars are one of my very favorite sweet treats, and these sound delicious. The second variation sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing this, great choice for L. Kathy

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  24. when we lived in sicily many years ago we had lemon trees in our front yard. I always wondered what to do with all the lemons. Now I know. the lemon bars sound good too.

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  25. ummmm i might have to get a new computer because i have drooled all over this one...

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  26. oh and of course cardamom makes everything better. you know i still have some of the whole pods that you gave me when we were in school. it's SO much better freshly ground. thanks! ;)

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  27. lemon bars - have not try those but the photo looks delicious

    thanks for your visit ti my alphabe-thursday

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  28. mmmmhh....limoncello! buono!!!!!

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  29. Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! I loooooooooove lemon bars but my dh doesn't like anything lemon... cause he is an alien or something. I want some!

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  30. I love lemon and the Lemon bars look wonderful.
    A SITS Friend

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  31. Oh. Oh. Oh. I want one of Mim's lemon bars!

    They look absolutely luscious.

    The limoncello actually looks easy. I should do that from some of the lemons on our tree instead of just making lemonade all the time.

    Thank you for this delectable post on my journey through Alphabe-Thursdays Letter "L".

    A+

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  32. Oh my goodness. Those lemon bars look nothing short of amazing. Delish! They are one of my absolute favorite summer treats!

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  33. Mmmm - can almost taste them from here - they look delicious - especially with head to toe Lycra ;)

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  34. I love lemon bars and I may have to start some limoncello too......

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  35. oh my...YUM. Looks delicious!

    Gotta try these!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  36. Yumm! Lemon bars sound so good right now! Too bad, we can't just reach in and get a piece. Yours shown here look wonderful.

    Blessings & Aloha!
    (trying to catch upon my blog reading! I'd love for you to stop by..)

    haha I was laughing about what you wrote on your Lemony Snicket post about having large picture windows and wearing long tshirts... with all our three away at college, and as empty nesters...I find myself walking about in that sometimes in the morning as I get ready for work.

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  37. MMMMMMMM....Lemon bars are so good! I wish I lived in a climate that could grow citrus so I'd jhave an endless supply of lemons and oranges. Wonderful "L" word!

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  38. Lovely post. Those lemon bars look amazing. My mother used to make them from scratch when i was a little girl. For some reason all things lemon remind me of summer.

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