Grandma Amy's Lemon Bars
When friends mail you lemons...
On a recent sub-zero day in Wisconsin, a box arrived from a friend in California. Much to my delight, it was filled with lemons from her tree! It has taken me years to get used to paying for lemons, coming from a place where people brought bagfuls to work with notes imploring everyone to take as many as they could use. I squeezed enough to fill an ice cube tray with fresh lemon juice for later and then, of course, made these melt-in-your-mouth lemon bars. This is straight from my grandmother's handwritten recipe, with my alterations over the years marked with an * asterisk.
Here's what you'll need
- 1 cup butter, *melted
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 4 eggs, well beaten
- 2 cups sugar, *I use 1/4 to 1/2 cup less
- 4 Tablespoons lemon juice, *I use 6 and I'm pretty sure she did, too.
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
This'll make you want to wear an apron
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Make the crust by combining the first 3 ingredients (butter, powdered sugar and flour). Press into 9x13 baking dish (*I use an 8x8 for a deeper bar with a thicker crust).
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- For the filling, mix all remaining ingredients (*I use a fork starting with beating the eggs in the mixing bowl and then whip in each ingredient as it's added). Pour into baked pie crust
- Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until set and just beginning to brown a bit.
- After cooling, sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into squares. (*eat all the edges)