Am I the only one who dreams about how a certain recipe tastes? I guess not. I recently came across an email from Taste of Home on Lavender Lemon Bars. Even without reading the entire recipe, I fell in love with it. I was dreaming about how it would taste and could almost taste it on my tongue. Now, don’t be so surprised, for I never had a lemon bar before, forget it with lavender. I was sure that the sweet taste of lavender would perfectly complement the tartness of the lemon and it sounded like heaven.
I tried it out this weekend (having ordered for the lavender buds on Amazon.com) and it did not disappoint me or my family.
Lavender Lemon Bars Recipe
For the Crust:
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons dried lavender flowers
- 2 teaspoons lemon peel-grated
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Substitute for 4 eggs (see the note below)
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
Note: I do not use eggs and as a substitute, I have added 1 tsp of Baking Powder and 1/4 tsp baking soda to 1 cup of yogurt, let it sit for 3 min till it froths up. For those of you who use egg, actual recipe calls for 4 eggs.
- In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners’ sugar. Add the flour, lavender and lemon peel; beat until crumbly.
- Fill a13-in. x 9-in. baking pan and pat till even.
- Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.
- Meanwhile, in a another bowl, combine the sugar, flour, baking soda, the yogurt mix/eggs and lemon juice; beat until frothy.
- Pour over the warm crust. Bake at 350° for about 25 minutes or until light golden brown.
- Cool on a wire rack.
- Dust with confectioners’ sugar.