Monday, April 30, 2012

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

I pinned this recipe for Strawberry Lemonade Bars on Pinterest a long time ago, and finally made it a few weeks ago when I helped make dinner for my small group again.  They were a tad bit tart for my liking.  The recipe called for 1 cup of fresh lemon juice, and if I make them again I'll probably only use 3/4 a cup.  But other than that, they're a good summer time dessert, and the pink color makes them good for showers and girly parties, kind of like these Pink Lemonade Glazed Sugar Cookies!

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup fresh lemon juice*
2-3 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup pureed strawberries (about 3/4 cup berries)
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

*It took me 6 lemons to get 1 cup of juice.


Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

Begin by making the crust.  In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until smooth and fluffy. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for about 17 minutes, until set at the edges.

While the crust bakes, prepare the filling.  In the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder and salt, then pulse until smooth.

Gently pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking. Return pan to oven and bake for 23-26 minutes, until the filling is set (There will be a light colored “crust” on top from the sugar in the custard – nothing to worry about).

Sprinkle the bars with some powdered sugar.  Cool completely before slicing and use a damp knife to ensure clean slices.  Store bars in the refrigerator, especially on a hot day.  Makes 24 bars. 

This recipe was a little tricky for me since I don't have a blender or food processor, but I made it work.  To puree the strawberries I used this little chopper thing that I have.  And then when it came time to process the whole mixture, I just used my hand mixer, turning it on and off like it was pulsing.

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