July 1, 2012

26/52 Lemon Bars

I feel bad for sounding lazy again, but hey - it's summer (yay!). And it's hot.
And I really do want to bake. Just nothing complicated. And not for hours.

But Lemon Bars sounded summery, quick and easy enough so I thought I would give them a try.

The good thing about only baking new recipes for this blog is that I get to choose and try so many new cakes, cookies, and the like. But on the other hand, I just never know if I will end up with something yummy or not. This week it was more of the latter... But read more about that at the end of the post...

Lemon Bars
Adapted from allrecipes.com

225 g (1 cup) butter, softened
100 g (1/2 cup) white sugar
250 g (2 cups) all-purpose flour

4 eggs
300 g (1 1/2 cups) white sugar
30 g (1/4 cup) all-purpose flour
(2/3 cup) lemon juice
  • Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F). 
  • For the crust, mix together softened butter, sugar, and flour. Press into an ungreased pan of about 20 x 30 cm (9 x 13 in).
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden. 
  • Whisk together the ingredients for the topping and pour over the baked crust.
  • Bake for another 20 minutes.
  •  Let cool and cut into small squares.

My modifications:
According to some comments on the recipe, I used 2/3 cup of lemon juice (the original recipe called for the juice of 2 lemons which is less).

The taste:
As already mentioned above, this was not one of those recipes that deserve 5 stars. When I tasted the first small piece I was completely disappointed. It tasted like a lemon-omelette. I honestly could only taste the egg. A day later I had a friend visiting and she felt the same. Another day later, I wanted to give it a try again, and it actually tasted more like lemon, very good indeed and like I originally expected. 
Now, I am not sure why that is. Maybe it gets better (= more lemony, less eggy) the longer it sits in the fridge, or the egg didn't distribute evenly in the pan and the one side that I tried first got more egg. I'm not sure. So I leave it up to you if you want to take the chance or not. Just don't say I haven't warned you :)

Did anything you ever baked turn out different than you expected?

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