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21.7.13

STRAWBERRY LEMON BARS


Adapted from Freckled Strawberry Lemonade Bars, this is one of the most deliciously luscious treat I made recently. Taking a photo was a challenge. First, this is not a particularly stable bar, besides I had to work with a massacred project the following day. My better half couldn’t stop eating it last night; he kept going back to the kitchen to cut just one more slice. These bars are that good. I don’t think I had to stare in the face a more tantalizing fare since I went on this non-diet diet of mine. Heaven help me, the combination of shortbread, lemon and strawberry is brilliant!
 
Shortbread Base
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup icing sugar
dash of salt
 
Lemon Layer
3 eggs
1/8 cup softened cream cheese
2 Tbsp flour
1-1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
 
Strawberry Topping
1/2 cup strawberry puree
2 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cornstarch
 
• Preheat the oven to 350F.
• Line a 9×9 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
• In a large bowl, combine the flour, butter, icing sugar, and salt until well mixed.
• Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
• Bake in the preheated oven for15 minutes.
• Meanwhile combine the eggs, cream cheese, 2 Tbsp flour, 1-1/2 cup sugar, and the lemon juice.
• Pour over the cooked crust.
• In a blender, puree the strawberries, 2 Tbsp sugar, and the cornstarch.
• Spoon the strawberry mixture randomly over the lemon layer.
• Return to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the lemon layer is fully cooked and firmly set. You will be able to tell by sight.
• Cool completely before cutting into squares or triangles.
• Dust with a little icing sugar before serving.

6 comments:

  1. As always, these bars look delicious and visually they're very appealing too.

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  2. Wow Zsuzsa! this is about as close-up as you can get...in your face close-up...attack of the GIANT lemon bar! If I didn't know that this was a dessert I would have thought that I was hallucinating...good thing I didn't have any wine to drink!

    Seriously, the recipe is superb, and I think I would love to try this delicious recipe out myself; such a pretty color, as well!

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  3. Haha Elisabeth, these were bite sized, well maybe 2 bites...

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  4. Thanks Maria! I was surprised how well lemon and strawberries work together.

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  5. Now I see the cute little bite sizes, Zsuzsa! You changed the photo, or I was seeing things strangely! Lemon and strawberries do work together so well. My family would love these little pastries!

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  6. nah, but I think I could be strange - Jimre calls me "strange bird" ha!

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