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Lemon Bars

I call these Sunshine Bars for it's light, refreshing and zing!  With a touch of lemon zest, these lemon bars are a nice treat to enjoy for  a refreshing tea time.

INGREDIENTS

CRUST:

2 cups Lorraine’s GF All Purpose Flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup butter, cold

½ cup granulated sugar

½ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

LEMON FILLING:

6 large eggs, room temperature

2 cups granulated sugar

2 tsp lemon zest

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 4 lemons

2 tsp vanilla extract

½ cup Lorraine’s GF All Purpose Flour

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

Oven Temperature:

Preheat oven to 325ºF

Bake Time:

CRUST Pre-Bake:  15 min

W/Filling Baking: 20 - 25 min

Line the bottom and sides of 9X13 baking pan (glass preferred) with parchment paper with overhang on sides to lift the baked bars.  Set aside.

MAKE THE CRUST:

  1. In a stand mixer, cream butter, sugar and salt until light in color.  Add vanilla extract, dry milk powder and 1 cup at a time and mix until flour is well incorporated with the butter.
  2. Press firmly into  the prepared pan make sure the crust is nice and even.  You can use plastic wrap over the dough to help press and smooth the crust on the pan without sticking.
  3. Bake 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly browned.  Remove from oven and use a fork to poke holes all over the top of the warm crust.  Not all the way through the crust.  This will help the filling stick to the crust and prevents the crust from floating. When filled.

 

MAKE THE FILLING:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and sugar until well incorporated and light in color.  Add lemon juice and vanilla and whisk to combine.  Sift the flour into the lemon mixture and mix well to make sure there are no lumps.  Sprinkle lemon zest into the baked crust. Strain the lemon filling into the baked crust to make sure it’s smooth and no lumps.
  2. BAKE and let cool in the pan for at least 2 hours and stick in the refrigerator for another hour or 2 to chill.
  3. Lift the parchment paper out of the pan using the overhang on the sides.  Cut into squares and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

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