Sunday, June 07, 2009

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

Last June, I was in that notorious pre-wedding bridal fog, and I completely missed strawberry season. This year, I plan to compensate and celebrate the local strawberry bounty twice as hard! Tomorrow at work, my boss is bringing in lunch for everyone, and asked if any of us who like to bake would be willing to bring in dessert. DING DING DING! I'm on it!

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Strawberry Lemonade Bars from Nicole at Baking Bites are another recipe that I can check off my Foodie To-Do List. I've been waiting for strawberry season to come around again to do them justice. I hope my coworkers like them!

Strawberry Lemonade Bars
Adapted from Baking Bites
Printable Recipe

Crust
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

Filling
1 cup fresh lemon juice (Amy's note: I used an entire 3 lb. bag of small lemons to get a cup of juice)
2-3 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup pureed strawberries (about 3/4 cup berries)
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Powdered sugar (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.

2. Begin by making the crust. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until smooth and fluffy. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for about 17 minutes, until set at the edges.

3. While the crust bakes, prepare the filling. In the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder and salt, then pulse until smooth. Gently pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking. Return pan to oven and bake for 23-26 minutes, until the filling is set (There will be a light colored “crust” on top from the sugar in the custard - nothing to worry about).

4. Dust with powdered sugar if desired. Cool completely before slicing and use a damp knife to ensure clean slices. Store bars in the refrigerator, especially on a hot day.

Makes 24 bars.

17 comments:

RecipeGirl said...

What a great summery dessert! I really would love to make these. So pretty!

Mara @ What's For Dinner? said...

These sound amazing, and I bet they would be delicious with raspberries too! Can't wait to try them!

Laura said...

Wow I have been looking for something fun to do with local strawberries. This is SO it!

Mary Camu said...

Dude. your blog is amazing. nuff said.

Carrie/scrapchick said...

They look yummy! Sure they will be gone in no time! Lucky co-workers!

Kristen said...

Amazing - what a great refreshing dessert!

Anne K. in L.A. said...

1. I would love to be Ollie dog. He gets to sit in your house and smell all the delicious bake goods.

2. I might actually attempt these. I love Lemon bars and strawberries, but I've never seen them together.

nick said...

These look awesome. Did they all get gobbled up in a fury at work?

How great are fresh strawberries? Picking them yourself (or in my lazy arse case, eating ones that were just picked by someone else) is so far superior than the store bought ones they should be classified as separate foods.

Kevin said...

A strawberry lemon bar is a great idea!

chocolatecup said...

i am soooooo gonna make this!!!! :)

Deborah said...

Our strawberries are starting to ripen right now, and I think that some of them will end up as these bars!!

Memória said...

BOOKMARKED! This looks so great!

Amy I. said...

Thanks everyone, I'm glad you like them! They turned out to be a hit at the office. Let me know if you give them a try!

Lauren said...

Those look so delicious! Just love that fresh red color. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

oneshotbeyond said...

Okay this is so ironic that I came across this today. My daughter made lemon bars last night because she was craving them. I gave her my aunt's old recipe and bought her all the goodies. She's 16 so she took care of making them just fine. They came out great. The thing is...another favorite of hers is strawberry lemonade so while she made the lemon bars I made her some homemade straw lemonade. She always orders it out and I had never attempted it at home. Now...you have came across a recipe that combines both of her favorites! She is going to her grandparents for a few days for summer break...I may have to surprise her with these when she returns. I'm sure she'll be forever grateful! Thanks for a great find!!!

Barbara said...

I just made them yesterday. They are absolutely delicious! Thanx for sharing the recipe!

Lindsay said...

These are fabulous! I've made them three times this summer and would make them every week if my waistline could handle it.

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