Thursday, April 26, 2007

Mrs. Dart's Lemon Bars of Enlightenment
I have had these lemon bars twice and both times they have schooled me. First I had them when the lovely Mrs. Dart, my mother-in-law, made them. That is when I learned that lemon bars can be downright addicting. Before that day, I actually thought I disliked lemon bars. These babies could change anybody's mind.

Now for the second bit of wisdom imparted from these luscious bars: I learned that my oven is really unneven. Notice the bar in the back, left side of this picture has almost no lemony filling, but the bar in front has an abundance of filling. Watch out for oven uneveness, because the extra lemony ones can be tart enough to give one a sore throat when one inhales 3 at a time in a response to hunger so strong it could only be church-induced.

Here's the recipe. Make it sometime, you might learn something.

Lemon Bars of Enlightenment

1 C Butter (I softened it, and that
seemed to work)
2 C flour
1/2 C powdered sugar
dash of salt

It will be crumbly. Press lightly into 9 x 13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for
10-15 minutes and cool slightly. Don't turn off the oven

4 beaten eggs
6 T fresh lemon juice
2 C sugar and
1/4 C flour stirred together

Stir all the filling ingredients together
and pour over pre-baked crust. Bake all together at 350 for 25 minutes.
Optional: dust with powdered sugar.
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slush said...

I just pulled these out of the oven. My husband and I are drooling over them trying to be patient and let them cool properly. Thank you for the simple recipe! ~Laurie

Blair said...

Well, Here is my comment entry for the new contest... see my recipe for lemon bars is practically the same same amount of flour, sugar even the same temperature... but mine is better and why, because I think this recipe lacks one ingredient... zest... yes, I add the zest of one lemon to my filling. Now if it is finely done, the texture doesn't change but if someone likes a little texture then it can be roughly "zested". So my recipe is like yours exactly since it is almost perfect.
I tried to be witty, I am rather sure it did not work out as I am much wittier in person... in my writings I come across as a dowdy old fool.
I do love your recipes though!