The easiest Lemon Bar recipe

The first ever lemon bars I have tried to bake was years ago, we were still in Korea then. And just like in the Philippines, lemons can be a bit expensive at a Korean supermarket, since they are also imported from the US.

But I have always loved the scent, the smell and taste of lemons. There is just something about its citrusy and tangy nature that gives me a little kick of something ordinary.

Usually when I bake, I stay on the safe side of flavors and would chose either vanilla or chocolate, however they can be a bit monotonous at some time so therefore having a sparkly flavor such as that of a lemon, can bring me to a different place.

I’ve made lemonades and drank lemon water most of the time when there is lemon available, but rarely do I add them for cooking or baking.

Lemon bars were the first desserts I have tried to make with lemons and they were surprisingly easy and simple to make.

This easy recipe is originally taken from the Taste of Home website. I chose this recipes among all the other recipes online because it is meant for an 8-inch square baking pan which I readily have in my kitchen. Most lemon bar recipes out there always call for the 9×13-inch rectangular pan.

Here’s what you’ll need:

CRUST

1 cup All-purpose flour

1 stick Butter

1/4 cup Powdered sugar

FILLING

2 Eggs (large)

1 cup White sugar

2 tablespoons All-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon Baking powder

2 tablespoons Lemon juice

1 teaspoon Grated lemon peel

Additional powdered sugar for dusting

1. To make things easier, I always rely on my food processor to combine the flour, butter and powdered sugar. Just after a few seconds the mixture will resemble like sand and they are ready to be patted into an ungreased 8 or 9-inch square pan.

2. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

3. Prepare the filling. In a bowl, beat eggs, add the sugar, flour, baking powder, lemon juice and peel. Mix until frothy.

4. Pour over the crust. Bake 25 minutes longer or until golden brown.

5. Cool on wire rack before dusting with powdered sugar and cutting into bars.

For almost all the desserts I have baked in the past, I have learned that for a no fail recipe, always go for high quality butter. That is pretty obvious but good quality unsalted butter can be pricey. And me, being a frugal mom, I tried experimenting with other butter alternatives and even margarines.

In this recipe, I used the Magnolia Dari Creme classic which is almost half the price of butter. It worked very well with the crust. In fact it tasted just as buttery and it blended well with the lemony filling.

I love to eat my bars cool, so I immediately put them in the fridge after it has cooled down to room temp. Chill it for at least 30 minutes. In my case I hade them chilled for 2 hours, then dusted it with powdered sugar and since it is cool, it made cutting them into bars so much easier.

My boys loved them and took some to school for their afternoon snack. As for me, 1 bar just wasn’t enough.

CITYMALL Dumaguete Opening

Last August 8, 2017 another mall opened in our tiny, vibrant city.

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As for me, being a minimalist convert, this may not spark some excitement but my kids were ecstatic to hear that their grandpa had allowed them to spend the Sunday afternoon there.

It is situated just a few meters away from our Provencial Hospital and it is just right along our national highway. You can just imagine the kind of traffic it created. ☹️

We arrived there just in time for an early lunch, hoping that we could easily find a place to dine. But I was wrong. All the fast food restos were gathered in one place making the entire food-court jammed and packed with people.

By just looking at the crowd filling up the tables was just horrifying and we were starving. To make matters worse my kids wanted different menus. So, I had to line up at two separate fast food chains. 😩

It took us nearly an hour to get our orders together and but it took us only around 15 minutes to eat them all. You can’t help but rush because people come up to your table, staring and waiting for you to finish so they can take over.

After being well-fed, we headed straight to FUN NATION which was just beside the food court and played a few arcades before exiting to check the rest of the area.

 

We had a few chocolate crinkles and some Tacos with cheese while roaming around. And we even stopped to sit for 15 minutes on a massage chair. It worked some of its magic on me for just 20 Pesos.

What made me happy the most was this small lemonade stand. It’s not just that I love lemonade or all things lemon, but they are just hard to find here … especially the freshly squeezed ones. Of course you can buy lemons at the supermarkets, some imported from the US and even China and squeeze them yourself, but it always helps to have one that is easily available and fresh at the same time.

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Your 50 Pesos is definitely worth sipping after reading the health benefits of lemons.

We were actually planning to go to the supermarket before heading home but we just found out that it’ll open in October.

‘Til next time then!

First blog post: I quit Social Media to start Blogging

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I know, you can find another meme out there saying that “One does not simply quit Facebook or Instagram … or Twitter “.

But yes, I did left social media 2 months ago and I have never felt better.

Better in a sense that I no longer have to read and get dragged along in other people’s drama, or even worse, stare at a gallery of duck face selfies.

With that aside, I too no longer have to let everybody know, what I am doing at the moment and where, and even divulge how I feel. I just firmly no longer believe that my friends and a few strangers truly care about my opinions and revelations, so why even bother try to keep up with a new post.

The actual main reason why I left Facebook and Instagram, is because of my new found addiction to Pinterest ( … isn’t it another Social Media platform?). Yes, it is another form of social media site, but it allows you to connect with people with whom you share a common passion with … minus the drama.

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From one pin to another, Pinterest got me hooked in an instant. And every pin lead me to compelling articles, written by bloggers from all over the world.

I started religiously reading posts from every blogger I stumbled upon, and this has, in one way or another, inspired me to create my own blog.

Blogging, as I have heard or read in the net, may not be as easy as it seems, especially for those who intend to monetize from it. There are several blogs out there, that actually took years to be recognized. Every blogger started with zero views and followers.

But this does not stop me. After quitting “InstaFace” , I started doing the Bullet Journal thing, however it was sometimes overwhelming to make all these lists and prompts.

Since I am very much of a self-talker, I find blogging a perfect tool to get the things out of my head, hoping someone out there could relate and benefit from it.

I know I should not completely leave the social media realm behind, in fact I am pretty much aware too, that it is vital to use it as a marketing machine to reach out to people you share common interests with.

On the other hand, for now,  my personal blog will be my daily driving force to share what I know with the world, hoping to make the connections and build a community of like minded people.

There will be no drama … just ideas shared for the common good.