Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lemon Bars

This is another recipe Mom would whip up for Christmas. I don't know how many times my siblings and I snuck down stairs, to eat them right out of the freezer, LOL. They are better thawed, but when you love something so much, who can wait until Christmas Eve??

When I moved in with Hubby, I made these for our first Christmas together. He was immediately hooked and he put up a bit of a protest, when I added these to the goody tray I was taking to his Mom's house, LOL. She fell in love with them as well and the outcome is one of my favorite Christmas memories.

I brought the tray to my Mother in Law's house and everyone oowed and awwed over my home made treats. When we left, to go for dinner at Hubby's cousin's house, MIL quickly hid the remaining lemon bars under the remaining goodies, so we would all think they had been eaten (and she could have them to herself). Well, we forgot to put the tray in the kitchen, so Shadow (Hubby's dog) decided to help herself to a few goodies.

Can you guess what she went for first??

That's right, the lemon bars! When we returned to MIL's house, the goodies were on the floor and Shadow had decided to hide her favorites under the throw pillows, on the sofa. MIL then confessed that she had piled all the other goodies on top of the lemon bars and we all shared a good laugh. Her plan had been foiled by the dog!

Shadow passed away 2 summers ago. So, when I make these, I think of this story and of how much I miss our puppy girl. I know somewhere in heaven she is eating all the lemon bars she wants.

These are really delicious. Slightly sweet, with a nice tart filling. The crust is flaky, the filling gooey. What's not to love???


Lemon Bars

2 C flour
1/2 C powdered sugar
1 C margarine

4 eggs
2 C sugar
1/3 C lemon juice
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 C flour
1/2 tsp baking powder

For Crust: Combine 2 C flour, with powdered sugar. Cut in margarine, until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press into an 8x13 inch baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until edges begin to brown slightly.

For Filling: Beat eggs with sugar, lemon zest and juice, flour and baking powder, until thoroughly combined.

Once crust has baked for 20-25 minutes, pour filling over crust and return to the oven, for 25 minutes longer, or until filling is set. Remove from oven and sprinkle with additional powdered sugar. Cool completely, before cutting into bars.

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girlichef said...

ha ha ha ha ha!! Every"body" loves lemon bars...including me. these are so making my mouth pucker and water...in an oh-so-good way!! Delish, thanks for sharing them w/ the hearth and soul hop this week :D

Christy said...

lemon bars are a favorite around here too. our little doggies like to lick the bowl...and i know i shouldn't allow it...i do! yours look perfect....thank you for sharing them with tuesday night supper club.

kitchen flavours said...

Your lemon bars looks a delight. Bookmarking this! Thank you for sharing!

21st Century Housewife© said...

Your lemon bars sound wonderful, and I love the story about your them, your MIL and your late puppy. I miss our 'cat boys' Jake and Elwood this time of year too - they were with us for 18 wonderful years. Pets must be fond of lemon, because I made a lemon meringue pie once, set it on the table to cool, and found Elwood licking the top off it to get to the lemon filling!