Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I can see clearly now...

What a soaker of a weekend!  Friday was soggy; not wet enough to keep me from ducking in and out of a few stores on a study-free shopping break with a friend, but just a little yucky.  Saturday was a deluge.  Unfortunately, I had no choice but to go to the grocery, but thankfully I had a sympathetic husband who swam with me, and helped me cart the bags into the apartment.  Sunday and Monday were more of the same; the rain didn't keep us away from church and classes but we were glad to stay inside the rest of the time.  I do enjoy the way wet days make you slow down, but I was ready to see the sun again today.

It was in the midst of the weekend sogginess that I decided to make a little bit of sunshine in the form of lemon triangles.  We are sharing these with several friends this week.  I am thankful for the precious time that we have to spend with them; a respite in the midst of the deluge of life!  I want to share the recipe with you, just in case you have a rainy day that needs a little sunshine-y brightness. 

I know that almost every food blog existent has a lemon bar/square recipe, and I am going to add mine to the pile.  I like my lemon triangles to really taste like lemon.  The lemon layer is lip-puckering tart on its own, but is mellowed by the powdered sugar on top and the barely sweet, crisp shortbread.  I was a little overzealous and pulled these out of the pan too early (resulting in the soft, gooey lemon layer); if you refrigerate them overnight in the pan, the triangles will be much prettier.  Either way, they taste, well, like a bright spring day!

Lemon Triangles

1 3/4 cups flour
2/3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

6 extra large eggs at room temperature
3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about seven lemons)
1 cup flour
Powdered sugar, for dusting

Preheat the oven to 350°.  Lightly butter a 13 x 9 inch baking sheet and line with Parchment paper, allowing the paper to come up the sides of the pan.

Pulse the flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt in a food processor. Slice the butter into 1-inch pieces. Add the butter to the processor and process to blend, 8 to 10 seconds, and then pulse until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse meal, about three 1-second bursts. Sprinkle the mixture into a lined pan and press firmly with your fingers to form an even, 1/4 inch layer over the entire pan bottom. Refrigerate or 30 minutes, and bake for about 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

Meanwhile, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and flour. Pour over the warm crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature (or refrigerate overnight in the pan).  Using the parchment to pull them out of the pan, transfer to a cutting board and peel the paper down. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut into 20 squares. Then cut each square diagonally to form 40 triangles.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving.

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Camille Platt said...

you should get a job at Southern Progress!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

These look SO good! I have never seen one that calls for so much lemon juice ... yum. Can't wait to try this recipe - thanks!

Three Peas In A Kitchen said...

These just ooze sunshine and goodness--a great recipe for spring! Love your picture of the triangles with the daffodils. Spring is coming! :D

--Amy from http://threepeasinakitchen.blogspot.com

Kat said...

I love lemon bars! They never get old.

K said...

SO pretty!!! Love all the pics! :)

Mandy said...

Um. Wow. These look amazing. I love lemon and just want to eat the pictures! Great recipe : )

Siggy Spice said...

These look beautiful! I am going to put these on my list to make next week...my hubby loves, loves, LOVES lemon! Thanks!

Gretchen said...

One of my all time fave spring time desserts! I have never done them in triangles, so cute!

Tracy said...

Gorgeous! I love lemon bars. :-)

SierraSnowSoaps said...

I am always adding in extra lemon, sometimes with not so good results. I am going to try these to day! Thanks.
Michelle in NV

What's next said...

looks wonderful! thanks for friending me on TK... Looking forward to spending some time on your blog checking it out!

living eventfully said...

LOVE lemon anything! Thanks for sharing ;-)

Sierra Snow Soaps said...

Ok I DID make them last night! I had to write about you on my blog, hope you don't mind.
Michelle in NV

Barefoot Belle said...

Wow! Thank you, everyone for your kind comments. I am so humbled and blessed!
Michelle, I am so glad that your family enjoyed them, and thanks for sharing on your blog. It is an honor!

Isabelle said...

These look wonderful! Perfect for a rainy day indeed :-) And since we have a lot of those here (Seattle), I think I will make this very soon!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the recipe, I just made them and they are delicious!

Karen W said...

Do you think I could convert this to a chess pie? Have you ever made it that way?

Barefoot Belle said...

Hi Karen, I've never made them as a pie, so I can't give you any tips on that. I imagine it would work in an 11 inch tart pan with a removable bottom, but I would be careful with something too much smaller.

Let me know what you do, and how it turns out!