Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Meyer Lemon Bars & No, I'm Not a Little Jealous

SXSW is going on down here in Austin. That means thousands of artists, writers, film people, musicians and foodies of all types are here learning like crazy.

Except me. I’m here without one of those thousand plus dollar tickets.

Ah, but that’s fine for this year. I’m enjoying it all vicariously for free through the local newspaper and bands playing in bars and on sidewalks. I have to admit, I’m a touch jealous. Alright, I'm insanely jealous. There are some very cool food blogger topics I don’t get to be a part of. Plus, there’s a secret dinner in a secret location with secret chefs I'm dying to go to.

No dice. Not this year. However, as tickets are way cheaper ahead of time I’ll be in the middle of the action next year, absorbing into my brain everything there is to learn.

Instead, I’m on vacation and I love Austin. Fresh amazing food, cool city and lots of art type people who play outside all the time. It feels like I fit right in for a change. At home I’m sort of the foodie-artist-photographer-oddball.

Maybe I was Texan in a past life.

These lemon bars come from the talented multitasker medical student by day, amazing cook by night Joanne from Eats Well With Others. She adapted them from Smitten Kitchen. I didn’t adapt them at all. They were thick and luscious without my help.

Unfortunately they were so thick and lemony and luscious, I had to hide the batch in my refrigerator behind bottles of beer and hot sauce. Refusing to eat the pan by myself, I repeated over and over, “There are no lemon bars in the fridge”.

It didn’t work. However, I did leave town before they were gone. So in a way, I won.

Meyer Lemon Bars
Printer Version
Remember to bake the crust first. I nearly screwed up that part. Of course, I also had a lot of packing on my mind. I'm sure you'll do better than me and read the instructions first. Right?

For the crust:
1/2 lb butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 tsp kosher salt

For the filling:
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 tbsp Meyer lemon zest
1 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (or regular lemon juice)
1 cup flour

1. Preheat the oven to 350 and grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

2. For the crust, cream together the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and salt and, with the mixer on low, add to the butter and beat just until mixed. Put the dough on a well-floured board and form into a ball. With floured hands, flatten the dough into the baking pan. Chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.

3. Bake the crust for 15-20 minutes or until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack.

4. For the lemon layer, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until set. Let cool to room temperature. Cut into squares or triangles. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, if desired.

Makes 24 bars.

Recipe via Joanne from Eats Well With Others. Adapted from Smitten Kitchen. Picture by Laura Flowers.


notyet100 said...

feel like picking one

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

One of these days I'm going to have to attend a foodie function ;).

Hey, fabulous shot!!!!!!! I think you managed to somehow get the best lemons in the us that day.


Savor Home said...

I am making these THIS WEEKEND! They look delicious!

The Cooking Photographer said...

I'm glad. You'll love these ones!

Caroline said...

My dad and I would go absolutely gaga over these. His favorite desserts are those with lemon, and after making my first batch of lemon bars from scratch, I can never go back to those boxed ones! These look divine!

Joanne said...

I might be a texan also. Or maybe I'm just not meant to be a medical student because I certainly the food-obsessed oddball in my class. And I'm thoroughly okay with it.

I am SO happy you made these! And yes you totally won by leaving before they were finished. i won't tell you how quick the batch got finished off in my apartment. Not my strongest moment.

Chelsea said...

I adore lemon bars. These sounds awesome!

The Old White Barn said...

I always thought you could have been a Texan in another life! Austin is also one of my favorite places to be - maybe we can meet there next year.........

natasha {schue love} said...

Ok these just look fabulous! Super spring-like and refreshing! My mouth is watering!

ALSO...I posted on the creme brulee here! Wanted to make sure you saw! :)

The Cooking Photographer said...

Susan next year! Let's do this!

La Bella Cooks said...

Oh goodness, these lemon bars are calling my name. Quite loudly too!

Monet said...

Lemon Bars are my favorite! I'm so sorry I've been so absent. I meant to call you yesterday. I've been working non-stop this week, and life has been crazy. Are you still in town? I'll message you my number if you are and maybe we can connect tomorrow. Much love, sweet lady!

shaz said...

hey Laura! My hubby is on a plane right now, on his way back from SXSW. (He was there for the interactive bit). Imagine how I felt when he texted me to say he was at a secret Foo Fighters gig. I just hope he's loaded up on presents, that's all I'm saying.

Lovely lemon bars btw :)

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Haha you're not making these easy to resist. The fact that I can't get Meyer lemons around here is though! But I may just have to make them with normal lemons. Lemon bars always remind me of my best friend who's far away in London. They're her favorite! As for SXSW, I'm sorry you're missing out this year but I'm sure you'll have an amazing time next year :).

The Cooking Photographer said...

Shaz that's awful. Great for your husband though. I hope he had a good time.

Next year can you go with me? It would be a total blast!


shaz said...

Thanks for the invite Laura...if I can save up the airfare, I'll let you know :)

Anonymous said...

Oh I love lemon. Great Springtime recipe!

Anonymous said...

Oh I love lemon. Great Springtime recipe!

Unknown said...

Those are just so beautiful! I love lemon bars and am always looking for new versions to make :)

Sue said...

Oh, how I love lemon bars! I need to find some Meyer lemons to make the real deal! Laura, I have yet to go to a blogging function or meet one bloggy friend:( Maybe this will be the year...2012 for sure! I always find out about the events when they're over.

Simones Kitchen said...

I love the look of those lemon bars! And by the sound of the event I can see why you are 'not' jealous that you couldn't go!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

My favorites!
You pictures are always fabulous... your whites are so white. (now I sound like a hokey commercial)

Paola said... sente anche il profumo...che bontà...,complimenti!
Sono entrata a far parte dei tuoi "seguaci" :), il tuo spazio web è favoloso!

Joyti said...

$1000 tickets? Whoa.
The meyer lemon bars look delicious!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

I'd have eaten the whole batch too - they look too tempting.

The Addicted Baker said...


Unknown said...

Ohh that looks good. I love lemon bars.

Jess said...

Oh my god these look literally amazing!!

Christi @ Love From The Oven said...

I just came across your blog for the first time and it's phenomenal! I may spend the entire day making a giant list of your recipes that I want to try. Love it! :)

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