A tart complement to sweet gifts

By on December 20, 2011

My present for our readers is Twelve Days of Christmas Baking. Each installment, I’ll be offering you a favorite recipe to try for your own Christmas baking.

I like a nice tart lemon bar to complement all the sweets in my gift baskets and this is one of my favorites. It has a rich shortbread layer for a crust and a delicious lemon curd over top.

Lemon Bars

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Crust Ingredients:
1 cup flour ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
Mix flour and sugar. Cut in butter with a fork and press evenly into an 8-inch square lightly buttered pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.

While the shortbread crust bakes, make the filling:
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
3 TB flour
3 TB lemon juice
½ tsp baking powder
Zest of 1 lemon

Beat eggs until light and lemon-colored. Gradually beat in sugar. Beat in rest of ingredients.

Pour lemon mixture over crust and return to oven to bake for an additional 25 minutes. Sift confectioners’ sugar over top and cut into bars.

Pucker up. You might want to make a second batch of these. They’re that good.

Previous Days of Christmas:
Day 1: Sweet holiday gifts from the oven »
Day 2: An intense chocolate rush »
Day 3: Great neighbors, great cookies »
Day 4: Raising the nutty bar to new heights »
Day 5: These buckeyes are irresistible and easy »
Day 6: Mounds of sweet Christmas joy »
Day 7: Macaroons with a holiday zing »

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