Strawberry Lemon Bars

Strawberry Lemon Bars www.thestitchinmommy.com

With all of the snow and cold weather that we were getting on the east coast, I couldn’t help but to wish that Spring would arrive sooner rather than later. I absolutely love the springtime and with everything that comes along with the season. I love the smell of the fresh flowers that bloom and fresh cut grass. I love the rain on a warm Spring day. I also love that the weather mellows out so it’s not too cold and not too hot. But most of all, I love the fresh produce that comes with the changing of the season. Strawberries, one of my favorite fruits, are in peak season from mid Spring to early Summer. I love using strawberries in all sorts of recipes, especially dessert. One of my favorite desserts is the classic lemon bar. I have experimented with my lemon bar recipe for a long time to get the perfect balance of sweetness and pucker. One day, I decided to add strawberries into the mix and came out with a delicious twist to a classic recipe. I am so excited to share my Strawberry Lemon Bars with you! I hope they put you in the warm weather spirit. Enjoy!

Strawberry Lemon Bars www.thestitchinmommy.com

 

Strawberry Lemon Bars
 
Author: Amy Ramnarine
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • [br][b]For Crust[/b]
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • [br][b]For Filling[/b]
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting the top of the bars (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat an oven to 350°F
  2. Grease an 8 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper. Make sure to leave extra parchment at the edges so that you can pull the bars out of the pan easily
  3. [br][b]To make the crust[/b]
  4. In a medium bowl (or in your stand mixer), whisk together the flour, white sugar, brown sugar, and salt until well blended
  5. Add the butter and mix until the dough starts to stick together when pinched between your fingers
  6. Press the dough into the bottom of the baking pan
  7. Bake the crust for 20 to 25 minutes or until it becomes pale golden brown in color
  8. Set the pan on top of a wire baking rack and allow the crust to cool completely
  9. While the crust is cooling, make the filling.
  10. [br][b]Filling[/b]
  11. Combine sugar, flour, and lemon zest in a medium sized bowl
  12. Add the eggs and lemon juice, whisking together just until the mixture comes together
  13. Layer your sliced strawberries onto the cooled crust
  14. Gently pour the filling over the strawberries
  15. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes
  16. Allow the bars to cool in the pan for 30 minutes on top of a wire rack
  17. Remove the bars from the pan using your parchment paper
  18. Slice into squares and dust with powdered sugar just before serving
 

 

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6 Comments

  1. These bars look soooooooooooo DELICIOUS
    I love strawberry and lemon – it’s perfect combination, and I’d eat these anytime any day 🙂

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