Tuesday, August 2, 2011
7:06 AM | Posted by Brandy K | | Edit Post
No, I'm not smooching with you, I'm trying to prepare you for the lovely lemon-ness of these lemon bars!
I like a lemon bar that means business. No flat, barely lemon-tasting bar will do. It just won't!
I like 'em big. I like 'em chunky.
I like 'em big. I like 'em plumpy.
and plumpy....plumpy, plumpy...plumpy
...ain't nothing wrong with lovin' chunky...
(Name that song or the movie it's in!)
So! Let me just say that these lemon bars do not disappoint. They are big. Big and packed with lemon goodness. The lovely ribbon of raspberry preserves really adds something special. I hope you try them!
Source: Marcy Goldman-The New Best of Better Baking
For the crust:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 cups flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp grated lemon zest
For the lemon topping:
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp pure lemon extract
zest of 1 lemon
3/4 tsp baking powder
4 tsp flour
1/2 cup raspberry preserves
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9" square baking pan with baking spray or line with parchment paper. Set aside.
Prepare the crust: Combine all the crust ingredients in a medium bowl and stir with a wooden spoon until a soft dough forms. Press evenly into the prepared pan. Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Bake the crust for 15 minutes, then let cool for 15 minutes.
Prepare the lemon topping: Combine all the topping ingredients, except the raspberry preserves, in a medium bowl and whisk until well blended. Spread the raspberry preserves evenly over the baked crust. Slowly pour the lemon topping mixture over the raspberry layer. Bake for 22-24 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 325F and continue baking for 20-25 minutes longer or until topping is set. Transfer the baking pan to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
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