June 28, 2009

Ina Garten's Lemon Bars

I love to watch Ina Garten's show Barefoot Contessa on Food Network. I think she's amazing. So when I woke up this morning with the WORST kind of sore throat, headache and earache, I couldn't help but make a batch of these...

Lemon Bars
Hot lemon bars...soothing for the throat, right? Over the years I've made these bars dozens of times and they are ALWAYS fantastic. Thanks Ina!

Ina Garten's Lemon Bars
For the crust:
* 1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature (I just use salted)
* 1/2 cup granulated sugar
* 2 cups flour
* 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt (regular is fine also)

For the filling:
* 6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
* 3 cups granulated sugar
* 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
* 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
* 1 cup flour
* Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

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.