My gandmother is amazing. She has been such a great role model in so many ways. Growing up were never called her grandma, we called her by her first name: Maxine. She has always had platinum blond hair and long hot pink nails. Always. If there were baby photos of her, she would have her signature hair and nails. She claims to hate to cook or bake yet everything I have ever had of hers is delicious. The family favorite? Her Lemon Bars. Every single grandchild and every single great grandchild requests them for every single holiday. I am not exaggerating. So for years I have wanted this recipe… but as always, I had someone else do my dirty work. Enter my partner in crime, Lauren, you know, my girl Lauren, she makes killer mixed drinks – like this and this.
Maxine’s Lemon Bars
3 cups flour
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups butter
6 eggs, beaten
3 cups granulated sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 ripe lemons)
3/8 cup of flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Crust: Sift flour and powdered sugar, cut in butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles a fine meal. Sprinkle into a 13x9x2 inch, glass pan. Place a piece of parchment paper over the top and press crust firmly into pan letting the crust come up the sides as well. Bake for about 15-20 min. Remove and cool slightly.
Filling: Lightly whisk eggs, add all remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Stir slowly and with a wooden spoon or spatula to avoid bubbles. No big deal if you have bubbles, they’re just not as aesthetically pleasing (read:they are ugly). Pour mixture over crust and bake for about 25-30 min. Mixture should still jiggle, but not slosh.
Let bars cool in pan. Cut into desired sized squares, and sift powdered sugar, generously ,over the top.
*Note: You can substitute pineapple juice, orange juice, or lime juice in place of lemon juice – but it won’t be as good.
Do you have a family recipe EVERYONE loves? What is it???