Cookbook Feature Friday: Lemon Bars

Paula Deen’s Southern Baking Cookbook includes this delicious lemon bar recipe.

Happy Cookbook Feature Friday! Today’s post is all about the tart, cold and sugar-dusted lemon bar. Featuring one of Paula Deen’s latest cookbooks, Southern Baking, these bars are super easy to make and serve as the perfect treat when you want a little something sweet.

One of the coolest moments of my life was getting to gift Paula Deen my own book, while attending her book signing

I was outside in my front yard the other day, when my neighbor approached carrying a tray of several bottles of freshly squeezed lemon juice. She has a big Meyer lemon tree, and just before the fruit expired, she had to come up with a way to use up all the lemons that hadn’t been picked. She gifted several neighbors with the juice, and I put it to good use right away! What a sweet gesture.

Freshly squeezed lemon juice can be used in cocktails, desserts and even as a glaze.

Loved:

  • Using fresh meyer lemon juice from my neighbor’s lemon tree to make these!
  • The tart and sweet balance of this dessert
  • You can eat them cold or warm and they’re Some Kinda Good either way
  • The recipe requires only 7 ingredients.

Didn’t Love:

  • Baking with parchment paper. If you’re impatient like me, the paper is a pain to peel off the baked goods. I’d rather use baking spray and forgo the parchment paper.
  • These take a while too cool.

“Whenever you’re craving a refreshing treat, these luscious goodies will always hit the spot.”

-Paula Deen
Yum!

Lemon Bars
From the Southern Baking Cookbook by Paula Deen

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter, cubed
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • Garnish: confectioners’ sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with baking spray. Line the pan with parchment paper, letting the excess extend over the sides. In the workbowl of a food processor, pulse together 2 cups flour and confectioners’ sugar until combined. Add cold butter; pulse until mixture is crumbly and just holds together when pressed with fingers. Firmly press mixture into bottom of prepared pan. Bake until edges are golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl. whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, lemon zest and juice and remaining 1/4 cup of flour until smooth. Pour onto hot crust (crust must be hot).

Bake until filling is set, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool in pan on a wire rack. Using excess parchment as handles, remove from pan before cutting into bars. Garnish with confectioners’ sugar if desired.


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Cookbooks, a Cutting Board & Coffee Mug, Oh My!

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Inspiration from some of my very favorite cooks!

Before we get too far from Christmas, I wanted to share a few things with y’all that Santa Claus brought me to enjoy during this new year! My cookbook collection is growing – To add to my treasures, I received autographed copies of “The Pat Conroy Cookbook – Recipes of My Life” & “Paula Deen Cuts the Fat,” along with a little gift I picked up for myself at the Bass Pro Shop: “Back Home with The Neelys, Comfort Food from Our Southern Kitchen to Yours.” Each of these books hold great inspiration and I just love spending time flipping through their pages. I’ve already made Paula’s Pumpkin Scones for breakfast this week. With buttermilk and pecans, they were Some Kinda Good, too! A few years back, I checked out at the library “The Pat Conroy Cookbook.” As a result, The Best Crab Cakes in the World found their way to the blog. To this day, it was one of  the hardest books I’ve ever had to return! Thanks to my thoughtful and good lookin’ husband, Kurt, I now have a copy of my own.

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I’m a Georgia Peach through and through. No denying that!

I absolutely ADORE my Georgia-shaped cutting board. Georgia is always on my mind. No matter where life takes me, there’s no place like home. As the late, great Ray Charles sang about, “Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through. Just an old sweet song, keeps Georgia on my mind.”

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A stylish sentiment.

Finally, for those days when life gets me down, a simple reminder. The coffee mug reads, “Darling, you are fabulous.” It makes me smile every time I pick it up.

Under the tree or in your stocking, did you get any cooking or kitchen-related gifts?