Saturday, June 18, 2011

Strawberry Lemonade Bars

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups flour

1 cup fresh lemon juice*
2-3 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup pureed strawberries*
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 eggs
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
Make the crust first.  Cream together sugar and mutter until smooth.  Add flour at a low speed, mix until crumbly.  Press into the bottom of a 9x13 pan.  Bake for 17 minutes at 350.
Meanwhile, make the filling.
In a bowl or food processor, combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth.  Add in the flour and baking powder and blend again until smooth.  Gently pour the filling over the hot crust and bake for another 23-26 minutes.  There will be a slight crust on the top.
Let cool completely and store in the frig.

-Helpful Hints- *It took 4 lemons to get the cup of juice.  It was almost exactly 1/4 cup of juice from each lemon.  Then I didn't use fresh strawberries because I didn't have any...but I did have a container of frozen strawberries so I used about 3/4 a cup of that instead of just 1/2 a cup.


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