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My friend Frank is a fabulous cook.  Extraordinary meals come out of his kitchen.  But, he has a hard time baking.    When he cooks he can just mix everything up and it’s delicious, but there’s a bit of chemistry involved with baking. 

I think everyone in the world only wants to eat chocolate bakery, but Frank likes lemon bars.  As it turns out, a lot of my friends like lemon desserts.   Who knew?

I’m going to Frank’s for dinner tonight, so I get to bring lemon bars.  I have tried every lemon bar recipe that I have, but the following recipe seems to be our favorite.

LEMON BARS

Crust

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

½ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine all the crust ingredients.

and press into the prepared pan. 

 Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven, and let cool slightly.

Filling

4 eggs, beaten

2 cups sugar

Beat together the eggs and sugar

until fluffy.  

¼ cup all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Gradually beat in the flour and lemon juice. 

Pour the lemon mixture over the slightly cooled crust.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

Once again, here’s the recipe…

LEMON BARS

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 9-inch by 13-inch pan.

Crust

1 cup butter or margarine, softened

½ cup confectioners’ sugar

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt

Combine all the crust ingredients and press into the prepared pan. 

 Bake for 15 minutes, remove from the oven, and let cool slightly.

Filling

4 eggs, beaten

2 cups sugar

¼ cup all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Confectioners’ sugar (optional)

To make the filling, beat together the eggs and sugar until fluffy. 

Gradually beat in the flour and lemon juice. 

Pour the lemon mixture over the slightly cooled crust. 

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. 

Place the pan on a wire rack and allow to cool completely.

Sprinkle with additional confectioners’ sugar, if desired.  Cut into bars.

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