Recipe for Nancy (!)Nancy asked me to give her the recipe for the Strawberry Lemonade Bars I'm making for a 4th celebration. Maybe someone else will consider this a good one for their cookout/picnic/event--so I'll post it rather than mail it to her. I was told by several people who sampled them "it's like a strawberry-lemonade in a bar!"
Hope you all have a good 4th--no matter how you spend it!
Strawberry Lemonade Bars
1/4 cup sugar (1 3/4 oz)
1/2 cup butter, room temperature (1 stick)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (7 1/2 oz)
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2-3 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup pureed strawberries (about 3/4 cup berries)
1 1/4 cups sugar (8 3/4 oz)
4 large eggs
1/4 cup all purpose flour (1 1/4 oz)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 93-inch baking pan (or use the Baker's Edge pan, if you have one).
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.
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).
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.