Monday, May 24, 2010

Lemon Bars with a Ginger Kick

I love the fresh bright flavour of lemon.  It is definitely the star of this recipe.  These lemon bars have three distinct layers-- a shortbread crust, gooey lemon filling and cake-like top. 

This dessert was a hit at a dinner party last week.  People wanted seconds and even took the leftovers home!  My twist on this recipe from Joy of Baking is adding candied ginger to the shortbread crust.  It adds a nice kick to the sweetness of the filling.  I added the ginger to the crust because I wasn't sure if it would affect the way the filling would set.

Ingredients

Crust
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 cup flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup candied ginger

Filling
2 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
2 tbsp flour

Garnish
2 tbsp icing sugar (or to your taste)

Directions
1.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Butter an 8x8 pan
3. For the shortbread crust, cream together butter and sugar. 
4. Add flour and mix until combined. 
5. Stir in candied ginger. 
6.  Press dough in to pan and bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
7.  While the crust is cooling a little, prepare the filling.  Beat together eggs and sugar until smooth.
8.  Add in lemon juice, zest and flour.
9.  Pour over crust and bake for 25-30 minutes or until filling has set.  If it is getting very brown but is still quite wobbly, cover the pan with aluminum foil and continue baking.  The top layer will set while the middle will remain gooey.
10.  Let it cool before you dust the top with icing sugar.  Use a small strainer to dust the sugar on top of the bars before you cut and serve.  This dessert tastes good warm or cold but should be eaten the same day.

*Photographs by Kanchana Sundaram

6 comments:

Nags said...

love the layers in the bar! not a huge fan of lemon though. still, i think i will try this.

marriedtoadesi.com said...

LOVED EATING THEM GIRL. Please make some more this weekend. :)))

sowmya said...

We really loved the refreshing lemon flavor and the candied ginger in the crust added a nice kick..........please invite me the next time u make these too!!

A_and_N said...

I love love love your blog. And those leomon bars are delish. I'm going to try this soon!

Sharon said...

The lemon bars look wonderful. I really enjoyed the beautiful cake you made for your mom to take to school today for Bessie's engagement. Everybody commented on how delicious it was.

Sharon

Savithri said...

Thanks Sharon! I'm so glad you enjoyed the cake:)

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