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lemon bars

2 C flour  •  1/2 C powder sugar  •  2 T cornstarch
1/4 tsp sea salt •  3/4 C butter, unsalted & cubed  •  4 eggs
1 1/2 C sugar  •  3 T flour •  1 tsp lemon zest
3/4 C lemon juice, fresh squeezed  •  1/4 C half & half
powdered sugar for dusting

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Finally, springtime. Its warming up outside, the flowers and trees are in bloom and I’m craving bright and colorful desserts like these lemon bars that I am sharing with you today.  I tend to be drawn to foods that are both sweet and savory and since these bars are both sweet and tart the combination always leaves me wanting more than just one!  The citrus aroma of the lemon and vibrant yellow tones in these bars coupled with the sweet and tart taste make this dessert irresistible to lemon lovers and non-lemon lovers a like.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Directions:
Prepare a 13 x 9 baking sheet by lining, greasing and setting aside. In a large bowl stir together the flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and sea salt. Add the butter and beat on a low speed until mixture resembles fine crumbles. Press mixture into prepared baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 18 minutes, or until golden in color. Meanwhile, in a medium size bowl beat together the eggs, sugar, flower, fresh lemon juice, lemon zest and half and half. Pour mixture over the crust as soon as it is golden and allow bars to bake another 20 minutes, or until the center is set. Allow to cool, dust with powdered sugar and enjoy. Store in the refrigerator in an air tight container for up-to four days or freeze for later.

Recipe adapted from the Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, Gifts from the Kitchen, p. 282

Nutrition Facts: Serving size based on one bar
Calories 115  .  Total Fat 5g  .  Cholesterol 34mg  .   Sodium 52mg
Total Carbohydrate 17g  .  Fiber 0g  .  Protein 2g

Makes about 36 bars

… Wishing you and your family a happy spring and hoping you have a blessed Resurrection Day! Also, a happy birthday to my sis-in-law LD.

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