Saturday, 20 August 2011

Lemon Bars

These lemon bars are the perfect mix of sweetness and tangy lemon.  They have been a big hit with my friends and go great with a cup of coffee.

210g caster sugar
3 eggs
100ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 tsp lemon zest

Ingredients for base:
290g plain flour
70g icing sugar
Pinch of salt
230g unsalted butter
2 tsp lemon zest

Line a 33 x 23 x 5cm baking tray with greaseproof paper

Preheat oven 170°C (325°F) Gas Mark 3
To make the base, mix the flour, icing sugar, salt, butter and lemon zest in a bowl until the ingredients come together to form a breadcrumb consistency.  Using your hands, press the dough together.  Move the dough into your baking tray and press out to fill the base of the tray.  Bake for about 20 minutes or until the dough is golden brown in colour.  Remove and leave to cool sllightly.  (Keep the oven on)

Put the sugar, eggs, lemon juice and lemon zest into a bowl and whisk with a metal whisk until all ingredients are mixed togehter.  Carefully pour the mixture over the base and return it to the oven.  Bake for a further 20 minutes, or until the edges of the bars are golden brown and the topping has set.  Leave to cool completely, cover and keep it in the refrigerator overnight.  The bars are much easier to cut when they have been left to set.

They are super yummy and it's difficult to eat just one.

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