For most Mother’s Days, I cook dinner for the family. The number of siblings varies from year to year as commitments may be with in-laws, but at least my mom is always there…actually, my mom and my sister, who is also a mom, of 3 boys. And, the good son and brother that I am, I try to incorporate some of their favorite foods into dinner. The menu always varies drastically, but one pretty common ingredient, at least with dessert, is lemon. My mom loves lemon desserts, so I’ve made lemon meringue pies, lemon curd tarts, even lemon ricotta cookies (FYI, Giada has an amazing recipe for these…you have to try them!), but one of my favorites, and the easiest, is lemon bars.
Over the years, I’ve tried a number of different lemon bar recipes, and was about to give up. There have been ones that are too runny, and others that have been too sweet or too tart. Then I found this one. This recipe is absolutely perfect. It’s easy to make, and the lemon bars come out perfectly sweet and tart, with a buttery crust, and custardy filling. I found this recipe on allrecipes.com, where it is appropriately named “The Best Lemon Bars.”
To start, beat 1 cup softened butter with 1/2 cup sugar until light and creamy. Add 2 cups flour. Mix until combined. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch pan and press it down into an even layer. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes in a 350 degree oven, or until firm and golden.
While the crust bakes, whisk together 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Add 4 eggs and the juice of 2 lemons. Whisk until well combined. When the crust is finished baking, as soon as it comes out of the oven, pour the egg mixture over the crust.
One tip about the powdered sugar, I sprinkle the powdered sugar on the top, cut them, then sprinkle again. I find that it makes my messy cuts look perfect…and a little extra powdered sugar never hurt anyone!
These really are a great dessert for Mother’s Day. And speaking of Mother’s Day, hopefully you’re all taking care of the mothers in your life on Sunday. For all of you moms, I hope you have a wonderful and relaxing day. Happy Mother’s Day!