Sunday, August 2, 2015

Try It Sunday: Lemon Bars

I'm the first one to tell you I love to bake, but I kind of suck at it. I shouldn't say that. There are some things I can make and make well. Other things... not so much. Don't ever ask me to make a bundt cake because it'll come to you still in the pan. It's just the truth.

That means I basically stick to super easy baking recipes you cannot screw up. Once upon a time I was in Barnes & Noble looking through the bargain and clearance books and I found this cookbook.
It's not very big, but it's amazing. It's seriously the most used and best cookbook I own. If you can't bake without starting a fire, you need this book in your life.

Also, we'll be cooking with Edward today.

So one of my favorite things ever are lemon bars. Unfortunately, lemon bars from scratch are a pain in the ass and I don't think they ever really taste lemon enough. But these bars? DELISH. And lemony.

You need: one box of lemon cake mix, 2 eggs, and a 1/3 cup of oil. That's it. 

Go preheat your oven to 350 while you mix. 

Dump it all into a bowl and mix. It's super thick, so just make sure you mix it well. 

It is super thick. 

Now, it says this will fit a 9x13 pan that you've greased. It does not. Well, I've never gotten it to spread into a 9x13, so go for an 8x8 pan. Unless you really like lemon bars, then you'll do a double batch of this and get it into a 9x13. 

Like me. 

Bake this baby for about 20 minutes if you do a double batch. Otherwise it's 13-15 minutes. Basically you want it to be golden brown on the top. 

Like this. 

It does rise (it IS a cake mix, after all), so mine basically looks like a weird sheet cake. But who cares because it's delicious. 

I cannot emphasize this enough! 

Now, if you aren't a total loser and actually have powder sugar, sprinkle that on top. If you are like me, you ran out and assumed you had some because you usually do but it turns out you don't, so you don't get powder sugar on your yummy bars. 

But this is a GREAT recipe to bring if you are going to a potluck. I'll bring this with a little container of raspberries and blueberries to have on the side. Yummy. 

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I loveeeee lemon bars! I've never made them from scratch tho, you're right, they're a lot of work! These look really tasty though! Thanks for joining the Best Recipes of the Week Link Party, I hope you link up tomorrow too!