lemon bars

if you follow me on twitter (hint, hint), you’ll know that today is the last day of my 3 weeks detox!  while surviving on veggies and fruits (no salt or sugar) for the last weeks, i have suddenly developed a desperate craving for all things lemony and sweet.  it has gotten so bad that i had to hop on the web and surf for food porn via the food network website and a couple of my favorite food blogs to curb the zesty urge.  i’d imagine what they tasted like… the tarty deliciousness… AND the guilt that comes afterwards.  it was almost like the real experience!  i got so excited about getting to eat whatever i want tomorrow (well, in moderation) that i dusted off the ol’ kitchenaid mixer and baked the much loved ina garten’s lemon bar this afternoon.  i want to make sure my lemon bar is ready for consumption first thing tomorrow, right when i open my eyes.  i don’t know, i might even be crazy enough to pop one in my mouth before i brush my teeth!  i wish tomorrow’s here already!

Ingredients

For the crust:

1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the filling:

6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar (I recommend 2 1/c cup instead)
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used Meyer Lemons)
1 cup flour
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough onto a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature.

Cut into triangles and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

(recipe adapted from my idol, ina garten)

Yvonne

Yvonne is the inconsistent and neglectful author behind Modern Girl, a blog that chronicles her insatiable appetite for fashion, beauty, food, and design.

50 Comments

Julia

Those look delicious! I’m impressed that you were able to hold back from tasting while baking! You’re a stronger woman than I.

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M

Yummy now i’m hungry!

-M
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Sher

Oh wow, this looks impeccable! I’m sure it tastes just as good:)

xx

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Kasia

I heart Ina and I heart lemon squares. You’re cool in my books!

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yvonne

i have such a crush on ina! when i grow up i want to be just like her!

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Patrycja

I like your blog so I join followers:)
greetings

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yvonne

thanks!!!

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yvonne

the plate is from fishs eddy. i think urban outfitter has something like it.

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lisa

oh girl you’re killing me!

i’m totally on a diet from all the bad eating on the cruise.. i’m eating saladdddd all day 🙁 those lemon bars look SOOOOOOOO delish!!!

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yvonne

haha… hey i’m sure it was worth it!!

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Amy S.

These look delicious. I love the plate you used. Are they from anthropology?

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yvonne

no, it’s from fishs eddy. i think urban has something like it.

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Criss

Yum!! i LOVE lemon bars.

What type of detox did u do?

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yvonne

i was on the sp cleanse detox. no sugar, salt, dairy for 3 weeks. it was hard to do it for so long, but helps built a healthier eating habbit.

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Gregory

mmmmm lemon bars are on my to bake list and this just inspired me to make them ASAP… hopefully I have time next week! I will definitely use this recipe, thank you 🙂

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yvonne

definitely! lemme know how it turns out!

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sofi

This is amazing! What a fabulous blog. Your photography is gorgeous.

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yvonne

thank you so much!!

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oomph.

Oh, I love ina…these look so delish. I know what you mean about those before-you-brrush cravings!! You deserve it after that detox!

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yvonne

o yea! totally deserve it. although, i felt even more guilty after eating it. it was delicious though.

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yvonne

you should try it!

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Chelsea

You have amazing willpower to bake these and not eat them till the next day! haha way to detox! I completed mine last month 🙂

xoxo

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yvonne

i know, right? i’m very proud of myself for waiting until the next day. i literally ate the minute i woke up. what kind of detox were you on?

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kirsty

they look beyond delicious xxx

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yvonne

thanks!

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yvonne

come over next time and i’ll make them for you.

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yvonne

thanks for the follow. i will check out your website.

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Youa

I am so jealous of you. You can bake and you have an awesome fashion sense! I am awful in the kitchen. 🙁

I did a detox around Christmas last year and had the worst headache of my life! I gave up caffine and sweets. Sounds like yours was successful too.

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yvonne

ooh what kind of detox were you on?

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Youa

i did mine through a naturalpathic doctor. i basically had to go 100% organic and cut out a lot of things i loved like coffee, sugar, carbs, etc.

Hannah

Omg I cant wait to try these! They look so good, Yvonne!
xo
Hannah
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yvonne

they are super delicous and simple! i recommend! ina can do no wrong.

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yvonne

sure, i will go check it out!

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Jj

great pictures at first, and the cake must be fantastic 🙂
xx

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yvonne

it was delicious! worth the calorie.

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Christina

Mmmm these look delish!

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yvonne

it was!! you should try making them! super easy.

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Sabinna and David

thank for your lovely comment 🙂
yeah, the photos were made with a film, we used the “mini diana” by LOMOGRAPHY. 🙂
these lemon bars look super delicious!! def. have to try them 🙂

xx, Sabinna and David

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yvonne

i have the regular diana. i should put that one out and play with it again!

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yvonne

ooh~ i got it! i love getting tweeted!

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yvonne

please update me on how it turns out!

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kateamy

I think you and I both share a love of everything Ina! Those lemon bars look delicious – how could you resist licking the spoon? I never can!

Kate xx

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yvonne

it was VERY difficult!

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