January 7, 2010

Lemon Bars

Well, after having been a member of the cOven since November, and a really crazy end of year, I have finally gotten around to some baking!!
And so I started on this month's recipe - Lemon Bars on Brown Butter Shortbread - and hope to catch up soon with the last few recipes!
So I had a ball baking the lemon bars, though a few things troubled me.......
Firstly, I am in Australia and some things have different names, so I had to ask Elisa what confectioner's sugar is - we call it icing sugar!
And then I had to check the temperature - I don't really understand Farenheit, but luckily I have a conversion chart on my fridge (actually a book mark from a favourite shop in Melbourne that I visit every time I'm there, called Books for Cooks).
So I started on the crust - and I would love to know if anyone else found that there just wasn't enough to cover a 9x 13 inch baking pan, so I had to suddenly resort to a small pan (or two - check first photo).
And then I found the pastry very sticky - probably because it was a very humid day yesterday - it is the middle of a warm wet summer in Sydney! So I added a bit more flour and a wee bit more sugar.........
Even though I have blind baked several times, I still find it a bit challenging, but I think it worked out OK.
And then I had too much filling, so I just baked some in a pyrex dish - and then ate some of it while still hot - very yummy!
Anyway, left is a photo of my version of the Lemon Bars soon after they came out of the oven. And I don't think they look too bad, even though my crust could have been a bit thinner!
So I then put them in the fridge as advised and then cut, sprinkled with icing sugar and served as dessert for our dinner last night.
And WOW! this was fantastic - so delicious that I wanted to eat two slices, but I remembered how much sugar, eggs etc that went into the dish - and my ever increasing waistline, so I only had 1.5 slices!!
And my partner loved it too - though he only had 1 piece, but took one for morning tea today!
Anyway, I look forward to the next baking adventure!!


  1. Those look great- but I have to admit I got a little side tracked when I read you were in the middle of a warm wet summer! It's cold, wet and snowy here in Chicago, IL, and I'm daydreaming of summer now!

  2. I agree with the Maden Metallurgist! It is cold and rainy here in SF. Wish we could all visit you in Australia and test out those lemon bars! Glad your first baking assignment was a success!

  3. About 30 degrees C (not sure in F!) here today- off to some beach picnics- might have to see if there are any lemon bars left to take along!

  4. I can't wait to make these. Glad you can offer us an international perspective!