Monday, May 19, 2008

Luscious Lemon Bars

Autumn has been reading cookbook after cookbook from the library. She made these lemon bars from Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, Bridal Edition. They were luscious indeed!

2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 Tbls. cornstarch
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbls. all purpose flour
1 tsp. finely shredded lemon peel
3/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup half and half, light cream, or milk
powdered sugar

1. In a large bowl, combine the 2 cups flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture into the bottom of a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake in a 350 F oven for 18-20 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

2. Meanwhile, for filling, in a medium bowl stir together the eggs, granulated sugar, 3 Tbls. flour, lemon peel, lemon juice, and half and half. Pour filling over hot crust.

3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until center is set. Cool on a wire rack. Sift powdered sugar over the top and cut into bars. Cover and store in the refrigerator.

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