Its Bake off season and we are following along at work with our own version! For week one we have decided to make tray bakes and as we work for a company that specialises in international markets I thought Id try something different – and after googling and pinteresting I came up with the idea of lemon bars
lemon bars, for the uninitiated, are an american treat with a shortcrust base and lemon curd style set topping. As everyone else will be making either brownies, blondies or flapjacks I reckoned this might give me the edge.
These were surprisingly easy to make – thanks to my trusty kenwood – and were really delicious so here is the recipe in all its yumminess…
for the base
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup white sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
for the topping
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- juice and zest of 3 lemons
- Preheat oven to 175c gas mark 5
- In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat together butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.
- Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden.
- Meanwhile in the cleaned out mixing bowl with a whisk attachment, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/3 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs, lemon juice & zest. Pour over the baked crust. (this will be really liquidy)
- Pop back into the oven and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Allow to cool completely before dusting with icing sugar and cutting into bars