Monday, December 27, 2010

Meyer Lemon Bars

I was out shopping the other day and was surprised to find Meyer Lemons.  I kept seeing them on the cooking shows.  I wanted to know what the big deal was so I bought them.

 This is what they look like.  A bit smaller and more round than a regular lemon.  The skin is more on the orange side.  The peel is a lot thinner too.  They taste differently.  I don't care for the taste.  I needed to do something with them before they dried up!  Looked around and found a recipe for Lemon Bars.  I have never made lemon bars before.

1 cup flour
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar (10x or icing sugar)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
4 large eggs
Zest and juice of 4 lemons (should be about 1/2 cup of juice)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

 1. Spray a baking dish approx 9x7 or so (whatever you have that's about that size) with a vegetable spray.
In a bowl, mix the first 3 ingredients until they look like this photo (above).  You can do it in a food processor, if you have one.   

2. Press the dough into a layer about a 1/4 inch thick.  Make sure you push it up the sides of the dish too.  Prick it with a fork.  This make it bake evenly and not puff up.  Refrigerate it for 1 hour.

3. Preheat the oven to 375 F (after the crust has chilled).  Bake the crust for 15 minutes, until it's a bit tan in color.
Meanwhile,  start the filling.  In a medium bowl, combine the sugar and flour.  Beat in the eggs, then the lemon zest, juice and vanilla. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for 15 minutes until set.

Before baking...

                                     Cool and sprinkle with more confectioner's sugar, if desired.

This recipe was very easy.  My husband really liked it!  Something I will make again.  Maybe I will try it with an orange!


Sharon said...

Did a top crust form?

jmisgro said...

not really a crust but it was firm like a sponge pie.