Tart Lemon Bars

The Ephemeral Bee

Because every baker needs a simi-functional lemon bar recipe…  and I’ve dealt with my fair share of dysfunctional ones in the past.  Believe me.  Some of my biggest baking disasters can be traced back to lemon bars.  Below is a recipe that has yet to fail me, is super simple, and requires no additional frills (a.k.a. gelatin and other similar chemically enhanced gelatinous substances).  Be warned, though, these aren’t your typical simperingly sweet Southern lemon bars.  These babies pack a punch of bright lemon flavor.  These also happen to be a personal favorite of a dear friend of mine that just happens (through total coincidence) to be celebrating her birthday today.  So Happy Birthday Nicole!

IMG_6345Recipe is for a 9″x9″ pan.

Ingredients:

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter (1 stick)
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 tbsp…

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