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Friday, August 16, 2013

Meyer Lemon Bars

Meyer Lemon Bars

If you've forgotten about me I don't blame you.

I wish I could tell you the reason this space was neglected for over 2 months was because of my cookbook. But now I'm writing to remind all of us there's a right time and place in life for everything, and life caught up with me just to show me who is really in charge. There were major changes with the professional work, a new found opportunity to cook at another job and a short period of nervous breakdown as I contemplated the imminent decision to put the cookbook project to sleep.

Meyer Lemon Bars

Perhaps one day I will continue with the book. As for now, every ounce of energy I have has to be channeled through my two demanding jobs. My apologies to get so many of you excited with a contract I couldn't fulfill. The fact remains that as a perfectionist, my desire is to give you the best cookbook I could or nothing at all. Just like the food I serve - that spot on seasoning, just right texture of rice, al dente pasta and juicy burger patty.

Meyer Lemon Bars

Lessons were learned in these quick months, getting to see the true colors of people around you. I will hold fast to those who stand by me. Love what you have - when life gives you lemons, make lemon bars.

Meyer Lemon Bars

Adapted barely from David Lebovitz's Whole Lemon Bars.
Yield: 8" square pan.

Note: The use of one whole lemon in this recipe totally makes it. I'm personally not fussy about whether or not the citrus is organic, considering the price of such produce here may be too much for many. I used all Meyer lemon in this recipe, but many bakers experienced with Meyer versus regular lemon would vouch for the latter. Try the variations yourself and decide!

  • 1 cup/140 grams flour
  • 1/4 cup/50 grams sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons/115 grams melted unsalted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Lemon Topping:
  • 1 regular or Meyer lemon, organic or unsprayed
  • 1 cup/200 grams sugar
  • 3 tablespoons/45 milliliters freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 4 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons/45 grams melted unsalted butter
  • powdered sugar, for serving (optional)

Preheat the oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, pressing to nudge neatly into the corners. Lightly butter or spray the surface . In a medium bowl, mix the flour, 1/4 cup/50 grams sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 8 tablespoons/115 grams melted butter, and vanilla, stirring just until smooth. Smooth the batter into the bottom of the pan, using your hands or a small offset spatula to get leveled. Bake for 25 minutes, or until deep-golden brown.

While the crust is cooking, cut the whole lemon in half, remove the seeds, and cut into chunks. Put the chunks of lemon in a food processor or blender along with the sugar and lemon juice, and let it run until the lemon is completely broken up. Add the eggs, corn starch, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 3 tablespoons/45 grams melted butter, and blend until almost smooth, leaving tiny bits of lemon in the mix.

When the crust comes out of the oven, reduce the heat of the oven to 300ºF/150ºC. Pour the lemon filling over the hot crust and bake for 25 minutes or just until the filling stops jiggling and is barely set. Remove and let cool completely. Once cool, carefully lift out the bars grasping the foil. Cut the bars into squares or rectangles. Sift powdered sugar over the top just before serving, if desired.

Bars keep in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days and up to a month in the freezer. Rest to room temperature before serving.

11 Comments on Meyer Lemon Bars

Where did you get the lemons

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous, at Aug 16, 2013, 11:58:00 AM  

love that when life's gives you lemon..make lemon bars..ha..ha..just what am going to do and thanks for the recipe....never give up on life...

Posted by Blogger Patyskitchen - Exploring Global Flavor Around The World, at Aug 17, 2013, 4:10:00 AM  

I got a bunch of Meyer Lemons once and made a failed lemon meringue pie. This looks easier...

Posted by Anonymous phi @PrincessTofu, at Aug 17, 2013, 7:41:00 AM  

i was very much looking fwd to your cookbook, and i completely respect that you wanted to put forth the most perfect offering.
hope things settle more for you in the coming months.

Posted by Anonymous Lan | MoreStomach, at Aug 19, 2013, 9:44:00 PM  

Looks dellicious

Posted by Anonymous RB, at Aug 20, 2013, 3:57:00 AM  

This is cool!

Posted by Anonymous Chandra, at Aug 29, 2013, 6:02:00 PM  

Hi, this looks so delicious and plan to make it as a Christmas dessert. I have two questions though. When you cut the lemon in chunks to put in the blender, do you leave the skin on? And is there a big difference between Meyer lemons and regular lemons? Since we don't have Meyer lemons here.

Posted by Anonymous Esther, at Dec 21, 2013, 5:05:00 PM  

Esther: You can use normal lemons, some actually prefer it. For the whole lemon, only remove the seeds. The rind provides most of the flavor.

Posted by Blogger PickYin, at Dec 23, 2013, 12:52:00 PM  

Oh wow, I'll have to try these. I use lemon so often in desserts! Lemon tart with rosemary crust, lemon oatmeal cream bars, lemon shoo-fly pie, lemon sponge pie - - ha, and that's just off the top of my head!

Posted by Blogger Unknown, at Jan 19, 2015, 10:28:00 AM  

Hello, I know it's a bit long time ago, but I would really like to know where can I buy Meyer lemon in Hong Kong. Would you mind share with me??? Thanks a lot

Posted by Blogger Unknown, at Jul 19, 2015, 10:10:00 AM  

Vivian: Meyer lemons are seasonal, I don't live in HK but when they are in season I believe you can get them from big supermarkets like City Super. Hope this helps!

Posted by Blogger PickYin, at Jul 20, 2015, 11:39:00 AM  

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