I love all things lemon. The other day I was thinking of how I could make my lemon bars more lemony. And that got me to thinking about a lemonade recipe that I’ve made for years that uses whole lemons. So, I got this idea to make Whole Lemon Bars using a whole lemon…just like the lemonade. Easter is just a couple of weeks away now and these will make a delicious and refreshing dessert.
I lined my pan with parchment paper for the ease of lifting the bars out for cutting. Because of this the outer edge of the crust did not seal well against the pan. This caused the filling to ooze between the paper and the crust, resulting in a rather messy outer edge. Rest assured this didn’t affect the taste. Not one bit! But, I do think I’ll use foil next time.
My original recipe calls for lemon juice. I replaced the juice with a puréed lemon. I used my food processor, but I’m sure a blender would do the trick too. I puréed the lemon for about 3 minutes with the sugar and several teaspoons of lemon juice. Mine had some tiny lemon bits in it, and I loved it that way. If you prefer not to have them just process it a little longer. I did use an organic lemon since the whole lemon was being used.
Out of curiosity I googled Whole Lemon Bars and discovered that I was not the first to think of this. Imagine that! It just goes to show, I’m not the only one thinking of ways to extract all that lemon yummyness. These lemon bars are truly delicious. They have the same texture as my original recipe even though the whole lemon is used. These bars have a slightly crunchy shortbread crust with a moist, super-lemon- flavored filling and are topped with powdered sugar.
If you have a love for lemon flavors be sure and check out my Lemon Puppy Chow and my Fresh Squeezed Lemonade. This lemonade is not the one I referred to above, but it’s delicious and super refreshing. I will be putting the one I mentioned earlier up here before to much longer.
Whole Lemon Bars
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- Dash of salt
- 1 stick melted butter
- 1 lemon preferably organic
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 4 large eggs at room temperature
- 4 teaspoons cornstarch
- Dash of salt
- 3 tablespoons butter melted
- Powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For the crust:
In a medium bowl mix the flour, powdered sugar, dash of salt, and the melted butter.
Press the ingredients into the bottom of a greased 8 inch square baking dish. Bake crust for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
For the filling:
Cut both ends off of the lemon, cut it in half and remove all the seeds. Slice into thin slices.
Put lemon slices into processor or blender with sugar and lemon juice and purée until liquified.
Add the eggs, cornstarch, dash of salt, and melted butter and blend until smooth.
Pour onto hot crust and bake 25 - 30 minutes, or until filling is not longer jiggly. Cool and cut into bars. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.