MOM’S LEMON BARS

MOM'S LEMON BARS // THE KITCHY KITCHEN

Every so often, a recipe becomes so entrenched in our family’s history, it’s a tradition all by itself. My mum’s lemon squares are just that kind of recipe. These were her first choice for every school event, church function, and sweet to have under the glass dome in the kitchen. Their simplicity makes mom’s lemon bars one of my favorites.

MOM'S LEMON BARS // THE KITCHY KITCHEN

MOM'S LEMON BARS // THE KITCHY KITCHEN

INGREDIENTS (CRUST)

2 cups flour

8 ounces butter, room temp

1/2 cup powdered sugar

INGREDIENTS (FILLING)

4 eggs

2 cups white sugar

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or the scrapings of a vanilla bean

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

powdered sugar for dusting

rosemary for garnish

DIRECTIONS

Pre Heat oven to 350F.

For the crust, work together the flour, butter, and powdered sugar until it forms a dough. Spread it on the bottom of a greased 9×13″ baking dish (I used a glass one) and pat down so it’s evenly distributed. Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until lightly golden brown, and set aside.

For the filling, whisk together the eggs and sugar until fully combined and a pale yellow hue. Add the lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, and salt) and whisk until just combined. Pour over the still hot crust and bake at 350F for 20 minutes. If you baked the crust ahead of time, and it has cooled, bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Garnish with little sprigs of rosemary if you like. Enjoy!