Poppy Pendle's Lemon Bars
The most amazing lemon bar ever! My daughter is into the book series, "The Power of Poppy Pendle", it's a book about a young girl who loves to bake, but she's also blessed (or cursed) with the power of witchcraft. At the end of this book is an accumulation of Poppy's favorite recipes. I followed my daughter's lead and gave this recipe a shot. Amazing, light, perfect lemon flavor, and did I mention easy? I've always viewed lemon bars as being on the difficult side-thinking the filling was more of a lemon curd, but it's not the case. The filling calls for 4 eggs, and just the right amount of lemon zest and lemon juice. It's really hard to decide what the show piece is here-the filling or the crust..but I think my conclusion is that both delicious additions, come together and meld a wonderful outcome of the perfect lemon bar. I would recommend chilling the bars in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before serving, then take it out and stand at room temperature just before serving.
For the Crust
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1/4 cup corn starch
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks) and from the fridge
For the Filling:
- 4 eggs
- 2 TBS grated lemon rind
- 2/3 cup lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1 pinch salt
combine the dry with the chilled butter (which should be cut in squares) and form a crumbly mixture. Take your oiled, baking dish (9x13) and press in the mixture to form a crust. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes
Bake crust @ 200 degrees Celsius (375 F) until light golden brown (about 15 minutes)
set aside, and begin filling mixture
For the filling:
In a mixer, beat the eggs, then add the remaining ingredients and mix to combine.
Pour mixture directly on to pre-baked crust (it will be liquidy until it bakes and sets)
Bake at same temperature, for 30 minutes, or until center is set. Take out, cool completely and finish with a powder sugar topping
an important note. If you have the time to let the filling sit, just after mixing it up in the mixer, I've found the longer it sits, the more it enhances the lemon flavor. It was an accidental thing on my part to leave the filling sit for over 2 hours, but it's just how I had to do it. when I returned to the recipe to finish, the mixture was so yellow and intense, and it was as if the lemon flavors had all bloomed. Very worthwhile discovery if your time line allows for it.