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26 Jul 2010

SMS: Toasted Almond Lemon Bars

I'm afraid I'll be leaving you a fleeting post today, dear readers.  I'm awaiting my ride to the Newcastle Quayside Market along with several hundred cupcakes, brownies and cookies.  Fingers crossed for a good one.


These toasted almond lemon bars were one of the very first recipes that caught my eye in the Sweet Melissa Baking Book.  Since that day I've been waiting for someone to notice how special they sounded.  At last, my prayers were answered by Rebecca from Indecisive Baker.

Despite how delicious these bars are, I found the recipe a little too much of a faff to ever try again.  The dough was a nightmare to work with, so soft even after allowing it to chill in the fridge.  Trying to sculpt the sticky mess up the sides of my baking tin almost drove me to insanity, I must have washed my hands about twenty times. 

So, my search for the perfect lemon bar continues.  Do you have a reliable recipe?  I'd love to give it a try.

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21 comments:

  1. Your bars look divine, Katie! I tried this recipe before joining SMS and it was a failure and I didn't have the patience to try it again. Hope the market went well!

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  2. Those bars look delicious. I made lemon bars a while ago using a recipe from the Hummingbird Bakery book that, if I remember rightly, were fairly faff free and rather yummy.

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  3. katie,

    were you selling your baked goods at the newcastle market? hope it went well!

    i have a lemon bar recipe that i really like- i've tried four different ones and so far, this is the one i like best.

    http://beurrista.blogspot.com/2010/03/lemon-on-brain.html

    best of luck!

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  4. Thanks Rebecca, I'll give that one a go :)

    Yeah, it went amazingly. We sold out. Going to pop down this Sunday too. So much fun.

    Katie xox

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  5. Too bad you won't be trying them again because your bars look amazing!

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  6. These look great even if they were hard to make! I didn't even try so you did better than I did!

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  7. Totally agree with you...the dough was very sticky and hard to work with. These do look great though!

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  8. Despite the difficulties with the crust, your's look lovely. No one would know,you had to fight with it. You won!

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  9. Glad the market went well, did you take pics? would love to see all the baked goods you sold! Just wanted to check did your cupcake prize arrive?

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  10. Hope the cupcake sales went well. your bars look delicious, even if the recipe gave you some troubles.

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  11. Your bars look wonderful! Your cake stand is pretty, too. Sorry they gave you trouble. I did not press the dough up the sides of the pan and they turned out fine, if that helps.

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  12. Your bars turned out gorgeous! I know what you mean about a nightmare for sticky dough. I had a ton of flour by my side, madly dousing my hands everytime I touched the dough.

    Always great to hear someone say they love u-pick farms too. This was the first time hubby ever went to one and he even was proud of our blueberry picking fun.

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  13. I got it a few days ago Gem. I was so swamped with cupcake related business that I just couldn't get it from that darned post office!

    I love it though. Thank you so much. The lip balms made my day <3

    xoxo

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  14. Aw I'm sorry that this frustrated you into never making them again. I guess I just rolled up my sleeves and wouldn't take no for an answer when it came to the crust. And it was too delish not to make again.

    They certainly look wonderful though!!

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  15. wow...bright yellow and beautiful!

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  16. The lemon bar recipe I've always used is pretty easy and hardly creates any dirty dishes. Also, the crust is patted into the baking dish and therefore super easy to work with. I usually make these for potlucks at work and there's never been any leftovers to take home :)

    Crust:
    2 Cups flour
    1/2 Cup confectioners sugar
    pinch salt
    1 Cup butter

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour and sugar, and cut in butter with a pastry blender. Pat evenly with hands into a 9"x13" pan. Pre-bake for 20 minutes.

    Topping:
    6 tsp flour
    2 Cups sugar
    4 eggs
    juice of 2 lemons
    grated rind of 1 lemon

    While crust bakes, combine flour, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and rind. Mix well. Remove pan from oven and pour lemon mix over it. Return to oven and bake 25 minutes. Remove, cool, then sift powdered sugar over top.


    If you ever try the recipe, I hope you'll let me know how it turns out!

    p.s. I found your blog because my family calls me Katie Cakes and I love baking - funny coincidence!

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  17. They look completely delicious, alas I have no tried and true Lemon Bar recipe to share with you.

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  18. beautiful blog..pls visit mine and be a follower.. thanks and God bless..

    http://forlots.blogspot.com/

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  19. Yum they look fantastic! I just posted a lemon slice..not exactly lemon bars but hey.

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  20. Yum! They look great! I'm really on a lemon kick lately and these look perfect!

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  21. Well considering how much work you put into these lemon bars, it was surely worth it, they really do look perfect and yummy!
    I love your cake stand too, quite stunning!

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Thank you for your comments :)

Katie xo