Friday, August 5, 2011

Smile Friday: Strawberry Lemonade Bars


1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups all purpose  flour
1/4 tsp salt

1 cup fresh lemon juice
2-3 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup pureed strawberries (about 3/4 cup berries)
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F.  Lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan.

Begin by making the crust.  In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter until smooth and fluffy.  Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer.  Bake for about 17 minutes, until set at the edges. 

While the crust bakes, prepare the filling.  In the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth.  Add in flour, baking powder and salt, then pulse until smooth. 

Gently poor the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking.  Return pan to oven and bake for 23-36 minutes, until the filling is set (The were will be a light colored "crust" on top from the sugar in the custard - nothing to worry about). 

Sprinkle the bars with powdered sugar.  Cool completely before slicing and use a damp knife to ensure clean slices.  Store bars in refrigerator, especially on a hot day.  Makes 24 bars.

I found this recipe on Pinterest.  I baked it last Saturday & have been having 1 maybe 2 bar(s) every night for dessert!  It's so GREAT..... it really does taste like strawberry lemonade. 

I'm linking up with Smile Steady for.....

Have a great weekend friends!! 

1 comment:

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