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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Lemon Pie Bars become lemon tarts

Had such a great time with the grandgirls this past week!!
   Grandgirl1 suggested a picnic, so our deck saw its 1st picnic of 2011. Yea! Here is our picnic gear, but really took the pic to show how Hubby solved the "I want the blue one" dilemma with the girls' water bottles. Even after drawing to see who got which bottle, the girls weren't happy, so Hubby made them both happy by switching the caps.
   I cooked on the days we just had one grandgirl on hand. Turned my lemon pie bars recipe into tarts...mainly to involve the young'un in the cooking, since I like this recipe better as bars. We "took turns" pressing the dough into the pans. G2 smooshed the dough into each little pan and then I finished by smoothing them out and up the sides.
Lemon Pie Bars
Crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter (3/4 cup), softened slightly (cold if using food processor)
Cooling. Much prettier once dusted with powdered sugar. 
Filling:
2 cups white sugar
5 Tablespoons of flour
5 eggs
1/2 cup lemon juice
Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Mix 1 1/2 cups of flour and confectioner's sugar together. Cut in the butter or margarine. Mix well until the dough resembles pie dough consistency. (I use the food processor. Process until the dough follows the blade around the bowl.) Press the dough evenly into a 13"x9" inch baking pan.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.  (Takes 20 minutes in my oven.)
Meanwhile: Beat together filling ingredients: eggs, sugar, 5 tablespoons flour and lemon juice until completely combined. (Helps to stir together flour and sugar first.) Pour the filling mixture over the hot baked crust.
Bake the bars another 20 minutes, or until the lemon topping has set and bars are lightly browned. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar when cooled. Refrigerate.
I sneak 1 tablespoon of Ground flax into most doughs.

   If you make these into tarts, be sure to remove from pans while still warm!
   I am looking for some good tart recipes. If you've baked up some winners, please share a link to your post in the comments.
    We had family over for lunch including some from out of town, but they've gone now. After finishing this post, I'm going to chill awhile and watch a movie on Netflix.
   Hope you're finding plenty of fun on this beautiful weekend. It's sunny and 86F degrees right now here in Kentucky!!

5 comments:

alfarascha said...

nice to hear you had a great time! the tarts look so delicious, love the taste of lemon on warm days!! will try it:)
thank you for sharing!
sarah

Hannah said...

They're adorable mini tarts! I bet they came out even cuter this way than if they had become standard bars.

donnag said...

I made these for a birthday picnic several weeks ago.
http://www.grouprecipes.com/31926/mini-cheesecake-tarts.html

Living in Georgia my MIL made sure I made these for her for her Tea Times.
http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1613,148167-230207,00.html

I used to cater and have more if you want them.

Dmarie said...

thanks, you guys, for such nice feedback!

And thanks for the links, donnag. Your pecan tarts recipe looks just like some I make: http://bettermebetterworld.blogspot.com/2010/12/merry-merry-and-happy-happy-from.html

but the mini-cheesecake tarts look yum...and love the idea of gifting mini-tarts. Thanks for sharing, d!

singlemama said...

I really love your recipies...

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