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    Lovely Lemon Squares

    Thursday, February 9, 2012

    Because love isn't always sweet...Sometimes it's also a little tart! Why not enjoy an unexpected Valentine treat that's a bit of both?

    The Barefoot Contessa's Lemon Bars



    For the crust
    1/2 pound unsalted butter at room temperature 1/2 cup granulated sugar 2 cups flour 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

    For the filling
    6 extra-large eggs at room temperature 3 cups granulated sugar 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons) 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup flour

    Confectioners sugar for dusting

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

    For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

    Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

    For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

    Cut into squares and dust with confectioners' sugar.

    The next step is fairly obvious: enjoy with your sweethearts! I know I will with mine...

    I'll see you tomorrow for the long-forgotten "A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That.

    3 Responses to “
    Lovely Lemon Squares

    Ally Garner said...

    When it comes to pastries, no one has better recipes than Ina Garten. Excellent choice!

    Mrs. Blanton said...

    I love the barefoot contessa :) Great choice. Check out my blog and follow if you like.

    The Southern Lady said...

    Ally~I couldn't agree more! I've never had a bad meal "prepared" by Ms. Garten.

    Mrs. Blanton~Thank you for stopping by! I'll definitely drop by your blog as well.