Lemon Bars

Adapted from these lemon bars.

Ingredients:

Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 stick cold butter
Filling:
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (fresh really does seem to be important; don’t use the bottled stuff)
  • 2-3 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • (powdered sugar for dusting finished bars)
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  2. To make the crust, combine the flour, powdered sugar, and sea salt in a large bowl. Cut in the cold butter and work with your fingers until the mixture resembles cornmeal. Press into a greased 9×13-inch pan and bake for about 17 minutes, or until set at the edges.
  3. While the crust bakes, prepare the filling.
  4. In a blender or the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, sugar, and eggs and process until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder, and salt, then pulse until smooth.
  5. Gently pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking. Return pan to oven and bake for 23-26 minutes, until the filling is set (There will be a light colored “crust” on top from the sugar in the custard – nothing to worry about).
  6. Cool completely before slicing and use a damp knife to ensure clean slices. Dust with powdered sugar.
  7. Store in refrigerator until ready to eat.
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