A friend recently challenged me to make lemon bars. I have never made any dessert in the form of a bar, so I was slightly intimidated. While visiting my mom, I came across these beautiful lemons in my aunts backyard, and suddenly, the challenge seemed like more of a fun adventure. These are definitely for the lemon lover in your life, and have a wonderful, almost pie-like texture. Very glad I accepted this challenge!
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
4 large eggs
1 1/3 cups sugar
1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed and strained
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees, and line 8×8 pan with foil. To start crust, mix together flour, sugar, salt, and lemon zest. Cut butter into chunks; add to flour mixture, and mix on low with electric mixture until the dough forms into sandy crumbs.
Pour into pan and press mixture down (with your fingers or the back of a spoon) into an even layer.
Bake for 16-19 minutes, until just lightly browned around the edges.