Lemon Bars

May 13, 2015 by alex

Lemon Bars

I was really looking forward to making lemon bars in this lab because I’ve had so many that I wanted to try another type of lemon bar. These bars weren’t bad, but I think that they were too sweet and they needed more lemon juice and zest. They had a very subtle lemon flavor and I think that it needs to be enhanced. I think that instead of the powdered sugar they could have used a lemon glaze. The ones that I make have a glaze and I think it gives them a stronger lemon flavor.

Yield: one half sheet tray

The Crust:

504g bread flour
188g powdered sugar
342 g room temperature, unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together in a mixer with a paddle.
  2. Add the flour, vanilla, and salt.
  3. Mix until it comes together.
  4. Line a half sheet tray with parchment so that some of the parchment hangs over the edge. Grease.
  5. Press the dough into the pan.
  6. Bake in 375F oven for about 20 minutes until the edges are golden brown.

The Filling:

660g granulated sugar
152g bread flour
320g eggs
300g fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
4g lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl and whisk in the eggs until a paste is formed.
  2. Add the juice and zest.
  3. Pour into warm crust and bake in a 325F oven for about 15 minutes until the filling is set.
  4. Chill and cut into 1 inch by 1 inch squares.
  5. Dust with a thick coating of powdered sugar.

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