Winter’s short days make the season seem longer than it is, but there are a few plants that only ripen on the coldest days of the year. Among those are the tart, brightly flavored citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges. We have a lovely recipe for lemon bars for when your yard is overrun with these colorful fruits, a delicious and refreshing sweet treat to break up those cold, dreary days with a little bit of brightness.
Ember’s Lemon Bars
3 cups All-Purpose Flour (2 ½ cups for crust and ½ cup for filling)
- ⅔ cups Powdered Sugar, plus more for dusting
- ½ tsp Salt
- ¾ cups Unsalted Butter, melted
- 3 tbsp Lemon Zest (about three lemons)
- 3 cups Sugar
- 8 Large Eggs
- 1 cup Lemon Juice
- Optional: Vanilla
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees and line a 9” x 13” baking dish with parchment paper.
- Whisk 2 ½ cups of flour with salt and powdered sugar. Pour in the melted butter and mix until combined. Optional: Add a dash of vanilla.
- Press the dough into your lined pan and make a flat layer—Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. The crust should be a light golden brown when finished.
- While the crust is baking, add the sugar and the zest of three lemons to a food processor. Pulse until the zest is fully incorporated and the sugar is a light yellow color. If no food processor is available, mix the zest with the sugar in a bag or bowl.
Add the sugar and remaining ½ cup of flour to a large bowl and mix well. Optional: Sift the mixture and remove the zest chunks.
- Add the lemon juice and eggs, then mix until completely combined.
- Pour the filling onto the crust, then transfer to the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Turn the pan after the first 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 hour.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- Dust with powdered sugar and cut into bars using a knife. Be sure the knife is damp before starting, and clean and re-wet the knife after each cut.
- Serve at room temperature or chilled.
We hope this lemon bar recipe helps you enjoy the fruits that are dropping off of trees in the hundreds during this time of year. Do you have any citrus recipes you would like to share? Let us know in the comments!