Monday, January 26, 2015

Mama's Test Kitchen: (Birthday) Lemon Square Bars

lemon square bars
For Luke's birthday, instead of cake, I decided to make one of his favorite desserts -- lemon bars. I rarely make anything from scratch anymore, but these bars came together so easily and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry. They turned out professional-looking and tasted so so good. A total indulgence. Luke said they were the best lemon bars he has ever had :)

The kids liked it too! Definitely a winner!

I hope you enjoy it as much as as we do!

--
(Birthday) Lemon Square Bars

Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 sticks butter, melted (I used 1 stick)

Filling
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 fresh lemon, juiced
5/8 cup lemon juice

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, blend together melted butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until firm and golden.

2. In a bowl, beat eggs until light. In another bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups white sugar and 1/2 cup flour. Add in the beaten eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.

3. Bake for additional 25 minutes in the oven. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

--
A review on (Birthday) Lemon Square Bars (adapted from here and here):
Result: 4 out of 4 stars
Will I make it again: Yes, this is going to be my go-to dessert for any Luke-related celebrations :)
Chef's Notes: The original recipes call for 2 sticks of butter. I accidentally halved it and the dough still came together without problems. However, the crust turned out crunchy cookie-like, instead of soft and buttery. I personally prefer soft and buttery and if you do too, I suggest going all out and use 2 sticks. I know I will next time.

5 comments:

  1. MMMMMMM, were these too sweet? The boxed versions are always too sweet and I'd rather have a good balance between sweet and tart.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Despite the obscene amount of sugar, I didn't think there were TOO sweet. The filling was definitely tart, full of lemon-y flavor.

      Delete
  2. Those sound yummy!

    Happy Birthday Luke!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Best birthday grub, ever. I love this stuff! Makes getting old and decrepit that much easier when I have these lemon bars to look forward to.

    ReplyDelete