As far back as the Renaissance, you would have found desserts made with lemon and sugar. What we call lemon curd today has the texture of a velvety custard, a bright yellow color, and a slightly tart, sweet flavor. A few simple ingredients are all that’s needed to make the lemon curd: butter, sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice, and zest. These are whisked together into a creamy spread that is delicious on toast, scones, and more. By the early 1990s, Betty Crocker had created a Supreme Dessert Bar line of mixes with a range of flavors: M&Ms Cookie Bars, raspberry bars, chocolate peanut butter bars, and of course, lemon bars! If you’re looking to put the fully equipped kitchen in your apartment home to good use, this lemon bar recipe is it. Check out the ingredients and directions below:
• 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided 2 1/2 cups for the crust and 1/2 cup for filling
• 2/3 cups powdered sugar, for the shortbread and more for dusting
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 12 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
• 3 tbsp lemon zest
• 3 cups sugar
• 8 eggs large, room temperature
• 1 cup lemon juice, fresh
1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper.
2. Whisk together 2 1/2 cups of flour with the powdered sugar and salt, then pour in the melted butter and mix until combined.
3. Sprinkle the dough into your lined pan and press down into a flat layer. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a light golden color.
4. While the crust is baking, add the sugar to a food processor and add the zest of three lemons. Pulse until the zest is fully incorporated and sugar is a light yellow color. If you don't have a processor, just mince the zest and mix with the sugar in a bag or bowl.
5. Add the sugar and remaining half cup of flour to a large bowl and mix well. Then, sift out the zesty sugar bits and dump the remaining clumped bits.
6. Pour in the lemon juice and add the eggs, then mix very well until completely combined.
7. Pour the filling onto the warm crust then transfer to the oven and bake for about 25 minutes, turning halfway through the bake.
8. Remove from oven and allow to cool for an hour before chilling for two hours.
9. Dust with powdered sugar and cut into bars using a clean, sharp, damp knife. Clean and re-wet the knife after each cut. Serve and enjoy!
On the hunt for a new favorite recipe to add to your list of staples? The team at Haven at Main Apartments in Houston, Texas encourages you to try your hand at this delicious option.