I love lemons.
This factoid is no secret to close friends, relatives and acquaintances.
Lemons make me smile. How can they not? They scream summer, which is my favorite season.
So naturally, I had to make lemons bars.
I’ve made them before, but these lemons bars might be the best I’ve made yet.
The tangier the better, and the lemon filling (or curd) was rich, sweet and tangy.
I can’t receive all the credit.
No, no, no….
That should go to Ina Garten from Food Network’s “The Barefoot Contessa.”
I think I’m in love with this woman.
She has a beautiful house in the Hamptons, a KitchenAid, a husband who only comes home on the weekends, and a pantry full of “good bread,” “good olive oil” and “good chocolate” among other “good things.”
In other words, I want to be like her when I grow up.
But until then, I’ll just settle for her lemon bars.
Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa
Makes about 15 squares
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
6 large eggs at room temperature
3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup flour
Preheat oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar together until incorporated with an electric mixer. Next, gradually add in the flour, along with the salt, and mix gently until the dough forms. The dough will be slightly sticky. With floured hands, place the dough into a 9 x 13 inch baking pan and spread out with hands, making sure the pan is covered evenly with the dough, building up to a 1/2 inch border on all sides. Chill for 30 minutes. Then bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is lightly browned.
For the filling, whisk together eggs, lemon juice, sugar, and zest. Gently add in the flour, and whisk until incorporated. Pour over the crust, and bake for 30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes and ENJOY!