Sunday, August 29, 2010

Lemon Squares—Attempt One FTL

So the conversation about lemon bars went something like this...

Kyle: Hui wants you to make lemon squares.
Becky: What kind?
Kyle: The Whole Foods kind.
Becky: I don't shop at Whole Foods.
Kyle: Well, the crust is kind of like pie crust but crumbly and the lemon part is not cakey, but not too gooey and not too lemony.
Becky: ...

Conversation 2:

Kyle: Well, at Whole Foods they call them lemon tarts.
Becky: A lemon bar is not a lemon tart. What do you want me to make a bar or a tart?
Kyle: A bar, but it's called a lemon tart. Go to Whole Foods and look at their lemon tart.
Becky: ...

I went to the Whole Foods by work, but they didn't have lemon tarts, they had lemon something something bars or squares, which I really don't think Hui was looking for. Unfortunately, the first batch of lemon squares came out pretty much like the wrong Whole Foods kind: more cakey and the crust was too thin. Although it was one of those that kind of separated the lemon parts making a self-made top crust.

Here's the recipe from Bachelor's Kitchen.

Lemon Bars


  • 2c cake flour
  • 3/4c shortening
  • 1/3c pwdrd sugar
  • 1T vanilla extract


  • 1 1/3c sugar
  • zest from 4 sm-med lemons
  • 4 eggs
  • 2T flour
  • salt, dash
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and grease and line a 9" x 12" pan with parchment paper (This is what it is says, but who has a 12" pan? Just use 9" x 13").
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine crust ingredients until it clumps into about pea size granules. Press this into the pan.
  3. Chill the pan in the freezer for about 15 minutes, then bake in oven for about 20 minutes or so.
  4. Combine sugar and lemon zest in a food processor for a minute or so. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it the same treatment until its all smooth.
  5. Once the crust is nice and golden brown, poor lemon goop over the crust. Lower oven to 325 F and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until firm in the center
  6. Cool first on a rack, then in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours.
  7. And, of course, dust with powdered sugar when it's cool.
As I said, this is not what Hui was looking for. He compared is more to a Little Debbie Snack. Although there was some bit of goo in the middle it was definitely cakey. Other people tried and enjoyed. Certainly they were tasty, they just weren't what the boys were looking for.

On to attempt #2!

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