Lemon-Lime Bars

by Heather on August 31, 2010

Although our “summer” in the Bay Area is supposedly just beginning, I wanted to get some lemon bars made at least before September arrived.  There was a BBQ on Saturday that we planned to attend (we never made it, due to Alex’s insane on call weekend, boo) and I thought they would be a great treat. I ended up eating half the batch, no exaggeration.

Lately, I’ve been addicted to buying those seasonal Taste of Home magazines that show up at Costco. I have a very hard time resisting them, even more so when they’re 30% off…. I was browsing through one titled “Best Summer Desserts.” There are 2 lemon bar recipes in the magazine- I went with lemon-lime, since I had a few limes in the fridge. The crust for these bars reminds me of a sugar cookie and the lime zest gives it a subtle tanginess.

These are a great lemon bar version that is just a teeny bit variant from the traditional version. If possible, please use fresh lemon juice, it’s so much more flavorful than store-bought, and totally worth the extra effort! Also, I halved the recipe and put it in an 8-by-8 inch baking dish- it worked great.

Lemon-Lime Bars

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons lime zest
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

FILLING:
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons lemon zest

Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the lime zest. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.Press into a greased 9-by-13 inch baking dish. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or just until edges are lightly browned.

Meanwhile, in another large bowl, beat eggs and sugar. Combine the flour and baking powder. Gradually add to egg mixture. Stir in lemon juice and zest; beat until frothy. Pour over hot crust. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Cut into squares and store in the fridge. Makes 4 dozen.

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Marisa August 31, 2010 at 5:08 pm

These look so good, and your descrption of them is really making me want one right now! I would eat half the batch too. Citrus desserts are so refreshing.

Suchitra August 31, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Absolutely loved this recipe! Amazing :)

Luanne Hardy August 31, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Heather, those look so good! I hope you make some again soon so I can partake.

Camala - CC Recipe September 2, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I was craving lemon bars all summer it seems, these look absolutely fabulous, I love the addition of lime! Great pictures BTW:)

Leanne September 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm

They look incredible. I think I’ll have to make them to hold onto summer for a little bit longer

Sues September 4, 2010 at 3:33 am

Those lemons and limes look absolutely radiant! And the bars look splendid; so pretty!

lynne September 4, 2010 at 3:50 am

I love lemon (and lime) bars! Those looks so tasty, I totally would’ve eaten the whole pan!

Alli September 10, 2010 at 8:55 am

Wow, what a stunning photo of the lemon and lime wedges! It makes me wants to bake something citrus too and luckily for me we are in our peak season for it.

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