I think these Strawberry lemonade Bars are probably making the blog rounds–and they deserve to be. I first heard about them on Twitter, I forget who, and got linked to Playing House, who linked me in turn to Baking Bites, whose original recipe it is.
This recipe is the kind of simple sheer genius that leaves you scratching your head and wondering why you never thought of it. Why, all those times you were kind of craving a citrus bar but wanted to jazz things up a bit, it did not occur to you to just add some pureed strawberries. Whatever, I’m glad someone (Nicole) thought of it. These are fantastic.
Strawberry Lemonade Bars
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2-3 tsp lemon zest
1/2 cup pureed strawberries (about 3/4 cup berries)
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
Begin by making the crust. In a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until smooth and fluffy. Working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly. Pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer. Bake for about 17 minutes, until set at the edges.
While the crust bakes, prepare the filling. In the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth. Add in flour, baking powder and salt, then pulse until smooth.
Gently pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking. Return pan to oven and bake for 23-26 minutes, until the filling is set (There will be a light colored “crust” on top from the sugar in the custard – nothing to worry about).
Cool completely before slicing and use a damp knife to ensure clean slices.
Store bars in the refrigerator, especially on a hot day. (Laura’s note: the crust on mine held up much better after overnight; the first night, after cooling, the bars felt kind of soft/fragile).