Sunday, January 25, 2009

Meyer Lemon Squares

The best lemon squares I've ever made were from my grandma's Fannie Farmer cookbook. When my best friend's sister was pregnant with her youngest son she asked me to bake her something.. and these are what I made quite a few times for her throughout her pregnancy.

I love lemon-y desserts, my Grandma was an excellent baker and always had fresh baked something at her house.

Now (*sob*) being without my grandma's Fannie Farmer cookbook I have been searching the internet for that recipe.. I searched Ebay for the book and finally found it.. but I have to wait a few days until it gets to my door.. But the good news is that my googling has paid off! While searching I found this recipe, which is slightly different, but I'm confident that it's going to give me the same (or at least, very close) to the same recipe.. when I get my Fannie Farmer cookbook into my clutches I will recheck and re-bake some more lemon bars, ya know.. just to check it.

Since I've been lucky enough to get some Meyer Lemons, thanks to a very kindhearted attorney in my office, I will be using them for this lovely recipe.. so here goes...

Lemon Bars
Makes 24 bars

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, chilled


4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
powdered sugar
  1. For crust, mix together flour, sugar, and butter until crumbly.
  2. Pat into bottom and 1/4-inch up sides of a buttered 9x13 inch baking pan. Bake in a 350°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile prepare topping. Beat eggs slightly.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together sugar and flour. Add to eggs. Beat well.
  5. Add lemon juice, peel, baking powder, and salt. Beat until smooth.
  6. Pour over baked crust. Return to oven and bake 25-30 minutes longer, or until just set.
  7. Sprinkle with powdered sugar while hot. Let cool and cut into bars.


OMG!!! I have to tell you that these are so incredibly delicious! When I first cut into the Meyer lemon I was amazed how much juice was in it! I used the juice from a whole lemon in the bars and they came out so good with a lovely bright yellow/orange color. I have a total of 9 lemons left, since I did miscount and had 2 pounds which equaled to 10 Lemons. I have to get some mason jars and I’m thinking Marmalade and some lemon shortbread cookies.. Mmmmmm..

Great news is that I'm planning on getting The Camera this weekend.. YAY!! Now we can get some good pics up here to join my posts ;o)