Monday, May 17, 2010

Lemon Bars - Itttttttttttttttttt's Sunny!!!

I've always secretly (or maybe not so secretly) wanted to be a weather girl on TV. Growing up, I loved to watch Sam Champion and Al Roker. And as long as I'm being honest here, I had a huuuuge crush on Mr. Champion. It was not until later in life that I found out that well, he would have absolutely no interest in a romance with me, if you know what I mean. But think about it, when you watch the news on TV, some stories may interest you and others may not. But really, everyone is interested in the weather. And it always looks like those weather people are having so much fun! I want to be the one giving people hope for good weather in their future. Letting them down easy when not so good weather is in their future. I want to point to a map with red and blue swirls to show hot and cold fronts moving in, warning people of "scattered showers" and "t storms". And then of course, the grand finale of the weather segment....wait for it, wait for it...the 5 day forecast. There's nothin like a good 5 day forecast to really get me pumped up. I even came up with my own catch phrase for one day when I became a weather girl. When the forecast called for sun, I would come out and dramatically say "Itttttttttttttttttttttttt's SUNNY!!!" So simple, yet, so perfect.

Well, you never know, maybe one day my dream will come true and I will become a weather girl. But for now I will stick to baking pretty yellow lemon squares that remind me of sunny days! Lemon Bars are my mom's all time favorite dessert, so I had to include them on last week's mothers day menu. And in keeping with the mommy theme, my friend Emily's mom provided me with this delicious recipe. I kicked up the tart lemon flavor just a bit by increasing the lemon and slightly decreasing the sugar. These lemon bars were delicious and everyone loved them!

Today's forecast is calling for a high of 76 in New York City, so go make these lemon bars and then enjoy them outside in the sun! Back to you, Chuck.

Lemon Bars
recipe adapted from Judy Josephson

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 c butter, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
6 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix flour, butter and powdered sugar. Press into an ungreased baking pan 8X8X2 inches, building up 1/2 inch edges. bake 20 minutes.

Reduce oven to 325 degrees. Beat reemaining ingredients until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes, pour over baked layer. Bake until no indentation remains when touched in center, about 25 minutes. Cool in the pan. Cut into 12 pieces. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving. Enjoy!


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