Another fan favorite that we offer during our typical summertime festivities is our Lavender Lemon Bar! Perfect for cleansing the palette after feasting on a plate of BBQ goodies, this classic balance of sweet and tangy will have your friends lining up six-feet apart outside your home! For an easier way to make these at home, we’ve looked yet again to King Arthur for his advice on how to make these at home. We’ve thrown in an extra step to make these with some 123 Farm flair!
* 1 cup (120g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 cup (28g) confectioners' sugar
* 8 tablespoons (113g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 4 large eggs
* 1 large egg yolk
* 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (223g) granulated sugar
* 1/4 cup (28g) King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
* 1/8 teaspoon salt
* 2/3 cup (152g) lemon juice
* Lavender Confectioners’ Sugar
* 3 tablespoons (21g) granulated sugar
* 1/2 teaspoon culinary lavender buds
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- To make lavender confectioners’ sugar: Process 3 tablespoons of granulated sugar with a 1/2 teaspoon of culinary lavender buds in a blender or food processor until the sugar is finely ground.
- To make the crust: Whisk together the flour, salt, and confectioners' sugar. Work in the butter until it's evenly distributed; the mixture will be crumbly. Press the crust firmly into an ungreased 8" square pan. If the mixture begins to stick to your hands, chill in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes, then continue to press into the pan. It's important that the crust is firmly anchored to the pan so no filling seeps underneath.
- Bake the crust for 30 to 35 minutes, or until it's golden brown. Remove it from the oven, and reduce the oven temperature to 325°F.
- While the crust is baking, make the topping: Combine the whole eggs, egg yolk, and sugars and whisk until smooth. Add the flour and salt, then the lemon juice, and whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Let the filling sit for 15 minutes or so, until the bubbles (mostly) disappear.
- While the baked crust is still hot, pour the topping over it. Return the bars to the oven and bake until they appear set and relatively dry on top, about 30 minutes.
- Remove the bars from the oven, and cool them on a rack. Let them cool completely before slicing. Just before serving, sprinkle the top of the bars with confectioners' sugar.
- Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to several (3 to 4) days.
Note that the above recipe is purposefully indented on the last two lines of the ingredients! right under "Lavender Confectioner's Sugar".