Serious Eats: Talk
ChelsEats: Lemon Bar Loving
Since my 6-month anniversary with my boyfriend is coming up, I decided to bake him some lemon bars (since I have no money to actually buy a gift). Lemon bars are such an amazing, summery treat, and it was the first thing my boyfriend and I had cooked together.
So I delved into the recipe as usual, but something didn't feel quite right. You know that feeling? When you just know something is missing? Anyway, after the bars had been cooking for a good 10 minutes, I realized that I had forgotten to put the sugar in the lemon filling. I took the bars out in a panic and dumped a cup of sugar on top, hoping it would caramelize and make a crunchy top. It did not. After cooking for another 15 minutes, lo and behold! The sugar had made a huge, syrupy bubble that covered almost the entire pan. I took the pregnant lemon mess out, popped the bubble, and stuck it in the fridge, still optimistic. It ended up turning into a weird gooey syrup, crunchy in some places- kind of yummy, but definitely un-gift-able.
The moral of this story is, read your lemon bar recipe carefully. I use a wonderful recipe from allrecipes.com--the bars are just zesty and tangy enough and have a beautiful buttery crust. Here it is:
Anyone share my love for lemon bars? Any good suggestions for recipes or tangy twists on this classic?