Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Lemons for LiveSTRONG Day

I'm somewhat of a new kid on the block (or should I say, blog), when it comes to participating in food blogging events. My site is only a little over 3 weeks old and I've yet to participate in one. Until now, that is. I was excited when I stumbled across the event called, A Taste of Yellow-For LiveSTRONG Day, to support cancer awareness, organized by Barbara of Like so many others out there, I too have known and loved people who have struggled with cancer. Some are still fighting the illness, others are in remission, and still others have passed away as a result, including my grandparents. I knew this was one food blogging event I wanted to become involved in. Tonight I baked lemon bars. So simple and yet they always put a smile on my face. These lemon bars were inspired by my younger brother, a wonderful cook in his own right, who suggested I create something with lemons when I told him about the Taste of Yellow event. The recipe is an old favorite of mine, found in my Cooking Light cookbook and one that I've enjoyed for many years.

Lemon Bars (from Cooking Light): yields 16 bars
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare the crust:
Beat 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the butter at medium speed of a mixer until creamy. Lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Gradually add 1 cup flour to sugar mixture, beating at low speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gently press mixture into bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 15 minutes; cool on a wire rack.
To prepare topping:
Beat eggs at medium speed until foamy. Add 3/4 cup granulated sugar and next 5 ingredients (3/4 cup granulated sugar through salt), and beat until well-blended. Pour mixture over partially baked crust.
Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool on wire rack. Sift powdered sugar evenly over top.


Barbara said...

Augustina I'm honoured youhave chosen A Taste of Yellow as your first blog event. Thank you for joining us. I love lemon and these bars have been bookmarked to try.

H. Augustina said...

Thankyou Barbara for hosting the blog event.
I hope you enjoy the lemon bars!

Little Foodie said...

Hi Augustina, I'm new to blogging too. Just going through Barbara's great round up. These lemon bars sound and look beautiful. Good luck with your blog - it looks great to me. Amanda

Chris said...

These look delicious! Welcome to blogging - be careful...its a bit addictive. :) I will stop by again!

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

I posted a link to this in my own little yellow roundup~ nothing like the great job that Barbara did!
I love lemon bars, but have never made them from scratch. I always use the mix (gasp!)
Stop in sometime for a glass of sweet tea~welcome to the blogging world!

Viviane said...

New kid on the Blog! I love it! The picture is gorgeous! I am not big on lemon, but could it be made with rasberry or strawberry?

Augustina said...

why don't you give those oat apricot bars a try instead? you can substitute it with strawberry or raspberry jam...whatever you prefer!