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Tuesday 6 December 2016
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Treats From My Sweet – Lemon Bars

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My husband and I have very different personalities. We do things very differently when it comes to everyday household duties and my ocd self sometimes has to let go a little since he is the one home during the day to get things done. One of the funniest things is his groceery shopping routine. He will go to our local Super Target 2-3 times a week for 5-6 items at a time. Sometimes he will search out recipes and go for just the ingredients he is missing.

I, on the other hand, will do BIG shops. I stock the pantry and extra freezer so we have everything for daily meals. Every few weeks, when the pantry starts looking anemic, we gather the kids and all head out to do a big shop together. On a recent trip, DH and I were discussing his new found interest in baking and I was giving a narrated tour of the baking aisle. I stopped and saw a box of lemon bars (which are my all time favorite). I told him that’s what he needed to make sometime…lemon bars. He agreed in that whatever you say tone, and as we moved on I admitted that I have never actually made lemon bars, not even the boxed variety.

Days passed and life moved on until one day I came in from work and what do you think I saw on the kitchen island right smack in the center…..

LEMON BARS!

My husband baked for me.
I honestly couldn’t believe it.

It was such a sweet gesture, and they were quite tasty so you know I had to share the recipe with all of you!

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Annemarie’s Lemon Bars
Ingredients – crust
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup white sugar

Ingredients – filling
2 eggs
3/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).

2. To make crust mix together the butter, 1 1/3 cups flour and 1/4 cup sugar with a fork until crumbly.
Press into an 8 inch square pan and bake for 20 minutes.
Crust will look white. Do not brown.

3. Combine the eggs, 3/4 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, baking powder and lemon juice in a blender.
Blend until well mixed.

4. Pour filling over pre-baked crust.

5. Return to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Let bars cool before cutting.

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I’m still a little bowled over by my husband’s cuteness. If you feel inclinded to make something sweet for your sweetie, check the recipe out over here. The crust was super buttery and almost like a shortbread cookie. The lemon flavor in the filling was not overpowering and was more cake like than the usual gel like filling I am used to, but totally delicious just the same.

What’s your favorite sweet treat to eat?