It’s Sweets Week here in our house, with 2 birthdays, a birthday party, & Father’s Day falling in the same week. I have a feeling that next week will be Stretchy-Pants Week…
My Husband The Connoiseur’s family has a tradition where, on someone’s birthday, they get to choose a dessert for his mom to make. One of his favorites is lemon tarts. Now, my mother-in-law is an amazing cook, & while I do know my way around the kitchen, I also know better than to try to compete with her. So when my husband requests something of hers, I instead find a similar recipe. That way, if it tastes different, it’s not because I made it wrong! Genius, right?
So for Father’s Day, I made lemon bars for My Husband The One Whose Special Day It Was. Still lemony, but not lemon tarts. This is me preserving my pride & vanity. I found this easy but delicious recipe at Favorite Family Recipes & added notes for next time to make it lemonier, because we love lemon! Except The Munchkin. Which is unfortunate, because in addition to the third of a pan or so that’s still left of these, we now have 3/4 of My Husband The Birthday Boy’s German chocolate cake… Yikes! Like I said, next week is Stretchy-Pants Week. Anyone feel like coming over & helping us finish it all off?
- 2 cups flour
- 1 cup margarine (or butter-flavored shortening — what I used)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- (I would also add some lemon zest to the crust)
- Preheat oven to 350 & lightly spray 9×13 pan with cooking spray.
- Blend together with 2 forks or a pastry blender until crumbly.
- Press into bottom of pan.
- Bake about 20 minutes or until just starting to brown.
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- juice of 2 lemons (about 6 Tbsp.)
- 1/2 tsp. lemon extract — this is me adding this
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- lemon zest — she says “a little,” but I zested a whole lemon & still thought it could use a little more. So I would do zest of 1 lemon in the filling & a little more zest from the other lemon in the crust.
- Whisk together in medium bowl until well blended.
- Pour over crust.
- Bake 20 minutes.
- Sift powdered sugar over the top & cut into squares.