Recipe by CHEF GRPA
The tangy lemon flavor of this no-fuss bar dessert is especially delicious on a warm day, It reminds me of my grandkid's selling lemonade on the sidewalk.
Top Review by Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle
Nice and sweet-tart! Just the way I like it! I added a pinch of salt to the crust, the zest of three lemons and a pinch of salt to the lemon filling. I added the coconut to the raw filling ~ next time I'll try them in an 8x8 pan for a thicker bar, and will bake a little longer. Tagged for PRMR, originally due 10/08, with extension due 10/21.
- 1 1⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1⁄2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 3⁄4 cup cold butter, cubed
- 4 eggs
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1⁄2 cup lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3⁄4 cup flaked coconut
Directions See How It's Made
- 1. In a small bowl, combine flour and confectioners' sugar; cut in the butter until crumbly. Press into a lightly greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350*F. for 15 minutes.
- 2. Meanwhile, in another small bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and baking powder until combined. Pour over crust; sprinkle with coconut.
- 3. Bake at 350*F. for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into squares.
- My Note:Wine: Sweet White Wine: Enjoy this with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.
- UPDATE: I thought they needed to be a little sweeter and wanted the coconut more on top and not in the bars. I made them again and OMG I want to eat the whole pan! This is what I did different. Instead of 1/2 cup lemon juice, I used 1/4 cup lemon juice and 1/4 cup orange juice. I also cooked it with the filling for about 10 minutes, then added the coconut and cooked for about 10-12 minutes more. The coconut went in the batter but also stayed on top some and got a little toasted. These were sooooooo good, I will be making them again and again with the modifications.
- However, if it was a little too sweet so I might reduce the amount of sugar I put inches Otherwise, it was yummy. The picture looks a lot different than the way it turned out. Next time I will probably sprinkle the coconut on it as soon as I take it out of the oven while it is out. Sprinkling it on the raw batter makes it sink into it and it doesn't show up on top as in the pic. It gives it a marbly look. I used maybe 1/4 cup of shredded coconut because I didn't want to overpower the taste of the lemon with that of coconut. Using 3/4 cup as suggested would have made it even sweeter than it already was for me.
- I use lemon zest. I also put them in a slightly smaller pan than the 13x9 for a higher bar and cook 10 minutes more. A light refreshing taste of lemon evened out by the not too sweet wonderful shortbread crust. These also travel well. I cut them into small squares and used parchment paper between the layers in a lidded container. They made a two hour trip in a cooler and transferred beautifully to a serving dish. Have been making these lemon bars for a few years now. I love this recipe. It is easy to prepare and serves up a refreshing "hit" of lemon flavor. Do Added a little bit of lemon zest to the filling to up the lemon flavour.