Thursday, March 29, 2012

Meyer Lemon Bars

I am happy that we have an early Spring this year ! But one part of me is worried that it didn't snow much this year in Colorado, and that might induce a lot of wild fires and drought in some parts of the state. But for time being, I am keeping those worries aside and enjoying the beautiful days.

Meyer Lemon Bars



Winter is nice but sometimes depressing, but Spring for me, is rejuvenation ! I feel all energized and excited. Already started some work in my yard, sowed some flower seeds, waiting for them to sprout. So happy to see all the tulips sprouting out that we planted in Fall. Most of the plants in the neighborhood is springing back to life and our teeny little pear tree is full of blossoms. Now I wish there won't be any hard frosts coming up, which could be a huge disaster.These daffodils are from our small garden,more flowers blooming everyday.

Daffodils

Last week my camera fell down on the floor, lens side down, breaking my 50mm lens into two equal pieces. So now I don't have a lens for food photography. I took these pictures using the kit lens.I will buy a new one, when I pardon myself for being not extra careful with my camera.

This is an unsuccessful attempt to recreate the lemon bars picture from White on Rice Couple

Meyer Lemon Bars

Meyer lemons in the market tells you that Spring has come! I never baked with these beautiful lemons before and when I saw them in our local grocery shop I had to get them and try out. I love lemon bars and I couldn't think of anything else when I brought them home.Meyer lemons are not as tart as lemons so I thought this would be perfect for a lemon bars recipe.But to tell you the truth,I am not completely satisfied with this recipe,mostly for it's egg-y taste. Otherwise it is perfect. Next time I will try a different filling with lesser number of yolks and eggs. But the crust is superb and I loved it. It has perfect sweetness and not too tangy and all the way refreshing !


Meyer Lemon Bars



Ingredients:

For the crust:

All purpose flour- 1 1/4 cup
Confectioner's sugar- 1/2 cup
Salt- 1/4 tsp
Unsalted Butter,at room temp- 8 Tbsp (cut into 1 inch squares)

For the filling:

Eggs- 2 large plus 7 large egg yolks
Granulated Sugar- 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp
Lemon juice- 2/3 cup
Finely Grated Zest-1/4 cup, from 4-5 lemon
Salt- a pinch
Unsalted Butter- 4 Tbsp,cut into 4 pieces
Heavy Cream- 3 Tbsp

Confectioner's sugar for dusting

Method:

For making the crust:

1.Prepare a 9 inch square or 7 by 11 inch baking pan by lining with aluminium foil and spraying with oil.
2.Process the flour,sugar and confectioner's sugar together in a food processor.
3.Add butter pieces and process until everything is blend and mixture resembles coarse meal.
4.Sprinkle this mixture into the prepared pan. Press evenly to the bottom using your fingers.
5.Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.Meanwhile preheat the oven at 350 degree F.
6.Bake for about 20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

For making the filling;

1.In a medium bowl, whisk together the yolks and eggs until combined.
2.Add sugar and whisk until combined.
3.Add lemon juice and zest and mix well.
4.Pour it into a medium sauce pan. Throw in the butter pieces.
5.On medium heat cook this mixture,stirring well. Switch off the heat when curd starts to thicken and you get a sauce like consistency.
6.Immediately sieve it through a single mesh sieve into a bowl.
7.Stir in the heavy cream and pour it into the prepared crust.
8.Bake for 10 to 15 minutes



Recipe adapted from: Leite's Culinaria

51 comments:

  1. Although I'm not a big fan of this lemon curd, your pictures makes me feel really tempted.

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  2. WOW!! Looks delicious. I cannot believe your camera lens broke and used the kit to take pictures. Very beautiful clicks.

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  3. awesome recipe...a real sinful delight.

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  4. Yeey..love lemon curd and bars looks way tooooo tempting. Nami verrrrrrrrrrrrrrry pretty pict:) Love it.

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  5. oh my god! so sorry to hear about your lens.

    The lemon bars look perfect, and love how you have presented it and in my opinion, it isn't unsuccessful at all.

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  6. Wonderful treat,yum,love your clicks dear..

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  7. Absolutely wonderful!! I love anything citrus, the meyer lemon is so perfect! I also bought a lot of these and wondering what to do with them!

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  8. I love lemon bars. They used to sell it in Starbucks but these days they don't have them there. The photos are very colorful.

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  9. When we miss a season is only danger- Here too we missed the rain in winter so the water bill will spike soon :)
    Like the way u displayed the lemon and squares, simply beautiful!

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  10. Looks amazing and very tempting.... Beautiful and very refreshing clicks

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  11. Awwww sorry to hear about your camera lence , may be u r destined to get a better lence and hence we are hear to enjoy some more exotic clicks, not that u guys r not less exotic right now. U pics are almost. 3d ;)

    Love the color of the l bars- not a great fan of these but my daughter loves lemon bars and my recipe is a bit diff will post it soon :)

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  12. Love lemon bars, and yours look absolutely great! Sorry about the lens though! Sucks!

    By the way I have given a shout out to your blog on mine. Thanks for the lovely food! You can check it out here:
    http://wp.me/p10soU-1IX

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  13. OMG! this luks awesome!...ver nice clicks dear!

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  14. wow i totally love it,never tasted this before...yum.

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  15. looks yum! love it...
    so sorry to hear about lens!

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  16. SO the spring is already here in you blog as well Namitha..Looks fabulous with all yellow..What classic clicks! The bars are super tempting ..

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  17. Delicious one.. Loved that first click with the reflection ..

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  18. Gorgeous lemon bars, you said it right. Spring as arrived little early.

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  19. Drooling ...looks so gud with tht vibrant colour ...yum

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  20. Those photographs!!! They are so beautiful that they make my heart beat faster! :D Wonderful lemon bars!
    Edible Entertainment

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  21. What lovely color, am sure these bars must have tasted heavenly!
    Lite Bite

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  22. Look at those pics... Making me drool here. Loving that lovely color...

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  23. Absolutely gorgeous! They look so good!!

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  24. Awesome looking bars, picture perfect. Hope you forgive urself soon and buy a new lens for more virtual treat. Things happen :-)

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  25. Stunning pictures Nami, actually I like yours more than the original. The bars look fabulous. About the lens braking, its my biggest fear since I bought my camera. You deserve a new one!!

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    1. This is one the sweetest comments Poornima :) Thanks much for your lovely support

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  26. I LOVE Meyer lemons and believe that they are still in season at my supermarket. These bars are so pretty!

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  27. What a great way to use my personal favorite lemon! :D

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  28. Your photos are beautiful, I was going to ask you if you use a macro lens then I read your post =). Do you mind me asking what camera and setting you use to take your pics? This recipe sounds amazing too I love lemon bars!

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  29. Gorgeous! I always have a soft spot for the tangy lemon sweets.

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  30. These look wonderful! wish I could have one right now.

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  31. That luscious yellow just shouts spring, and even with the mild winter it's wonderful to feel the warmth of the sun again. These are a perfect treat for a spring picnic, especially with the Meyer lemons, yes please!

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  32. Your photography is fantastic! That yellow of these delicious bars is outstanding :D
    Great recipe!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  33. In Florida (the warm winter) brings wildfires and mosquitoes the size of baseballs(ugh). Happy Spring to you!

    The Meyer Lemon bars are stunning! Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

    Velva

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  34. What a beautiful cake, and the welcoming colors of spring are just so synonymous with your lemon bars :)

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  35. Those look terrific! I am a sucker for lemon bars.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  36. Adipoli..Beautiful pictures chechi !

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  37. Beautiful pictures - I love the pairings of flowers and greens in the photos. Love it!

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  38. i am really not a big fan of anything too lemony so i will have to pass on this one...but love the pics. and yellow is sooo definitely the new black :)

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  39. I love anything with lemon and this looks utterly delicious. Plus I think you didn't fail.. i like your version more and I am serious!

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  40. I love lemon bars and yours look especially nice. I've never tried them with Meyer lemons and you have made me curious as to how different they might taste. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  41. I am a big sucker for lemon curds, but even after making a curd at home, i am still hesitant to do it again (the eggs :( ).. These looks so good and I can totally see myself biting into that yellow yum. I like your photo!! and I love the surface. What is it?

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    1. Couldn't agree more Soma :) That's an old baking pan

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  42. My "sugar-loving" hubby would love it :)

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  43. I can't believe my luck! They actually had Meyer lemons at the store, and then I stumbled upon this fantastic looking recipe.

    Quick question about the crust:
    Your ingredient list only lists flour, confectioner's sugar, salt, and butter, but the instructions says to "Process the flour,sugar and confectioner's sugar together". Is that just a typo in the instructions or do I need to add granulated sugar to the crust, as well? I'm not much of a cook, so I want to make sure I get the recipe right. Thanks!!

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