Lemon bars are the perfect dessert and enjoyable any time of year. Here's a step-by-step recipe for making the ultimate Meyer lemon bars you'll love!
Sweet and citrusy, with a soft biscuit base that gives way to tender baked custard. How could your mouth not water at that description? A Meyer lemon bar has all these attributes and is a perfect homemade treat for any season.
Meyer lemons are ideal for cooking this dessert. Their low acid content works well with the sugars giving a well balanced, rounded taste. Read on to hear about our delicious Meyer lemon bars recipe that you can try at home.
Meyer Lemon Bars Ingredients
Here's the list of ingredients to make these delicious Meyer lemon bars:
- 1/2 Cup of Butter
- 1/2 Cup of Sugar (Powdered)
- 1 Cup of Flour
- 1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
- 3 Eggs
- 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
- 1 Juiced Meyer Lemon
- 1 Tablespoon of Meyer Lemon Zest
- 2 Tablespoons of Flour
- Mint Leaves
- Blackberries (Both optional)
Why Meyer Lemons?
Meyer lemons are quite different from the common lemons you would find on a supermarket shelf. They are native to China and are actually a mandarin and lemon hybrid fruit. This means that they even look different from other lemons, and are more akin to a very pallid orange.
They are sought after in baking as they have a much lower acid content. This means that you actually need less sugar to dilute the citric tang.
For the Crust
Mix up the butter and powdered sugar. Slowly begin to add the flour, salt, and mix them until they have just begun to blend. Line a pan with parchment paper or grease it with butter, then flatten the crust down.
It should then be baked for roughly 20 minutes on a medium heat, or until the biscuit base starts to turn golden. While you are waiting, move to step number two.
For the Filling
Blend the eggs, sugar, and flour together. When they are well mixed, begin to fold in the lemon juice followed by the lemon zest. The mixture should be thick and have the consistency of custard.
Remove the base from the oven and liberally pour on the mixture. Make sure all of the biscuit base is covered. Then return to the oven.
The Meyer lemon bars should be cooked for another 25 minutes. The custard should be set before removing the mix from the oven.
When the dish has cooled, cut it into generous squares or rectangles. Dust with the remainder of the powdered sugar and garnish with a piece of mint and blackberry. This is optional though the mint and lemon combination is superb, so please do try it.
Can I Freeze Them?
If you don't eat them all first, then yes, they are perfectly fine for freezing. Make sure they have fully cooled before any refrigeration or freezing takes place.
How Do I Find Meyer Lemons?
Meyer lemons are not easy to come by and they can be expensive. They can be found at local farmers' markets and grocers with a wide range of produce.
Alternatively, consider growing your own Meyer lemon trees. We offer a wide range of fruit trees ready to be planted so you can have your own, self-sufficient orchard on your doorstep. Check them out today!
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