Wednesday, April 14, 2010

When Life Gives Us Lemons...

...what do we Tarts do?

Give ya'll a hint.

We zest them...

We squeeze them...

...and we what?

Erin? You want to help out here?

"Are you kidding. I'm pregnant. I can't remember anything."

Let's try this again.

When life gives us lemons, we what?

We make 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 full-size lemon layer:
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
2 1/2 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 oven to 350°F and grease a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet.

For the crust, cream 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 the greased 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 lemon layer, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or about five minutes beyond the point where the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

Slice, sprinkle with confectioner's sugar and serve. We added fresh berries from the farmer's market to convince ourselves we're healthy.

These lemon bars are crazytown. Right Ham?


Well said.

Btw - We Tarts would like to officially change the meaning of "it's a lemon" from 'worthless' to 'rad.' Come on, these lil' yellow dudes are insane! Can we get a "what, what?!!"


  1. Nothing screams spring to me more than a lemon dessert, especially when accompanied by farmer's market berries! Think I must make this soon.

  2. lemon bars! fantastic recipe! making me hungry...

  3. Yum!! I love lemon bars!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and if you want to go check out my store, the link is fixed!! :)

  4. lemon bars + berries = best thing ever.

  5. Oh I LOVE anything lemon, these are making my mouth water!!! I will have to try your recipe! xoxo

  6. Love the pictures and the comments to them, hilarious. I have to try those lemon bars.

  7. i love lemon bars. we served them at our wedding instead of cake, they will always have a special place in my heart!

    i will most definitely be trying out this recipe!

  8. I think I could eat a whole pan of those!