Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

My homemade pumpkin pie

I sure hope that this tastes as good as it looks. I also made lemon bars, using Kristen's favorite recipe. Now those I tasted. Yum! And, I got to use some fresh lemons from our new lemon tree. 

Fresh Lemon Bar Recipe is from the cookbook 365 Favorite Brand Name Cookie Recipes.

1/2 cup butter, softened (although I usually add another 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup sugar
grated peel of 1/2 lemon
1 and 1/4 cup flour
Lemon Layer:
4 eggs
1 and 2/3 cups sugar
3 tablespoons of flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
grated peel of 1/2 lemon
juice of 2 lemons (6 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
confectioner's sugar
To make crust, in a bowl blend butter, sugar and lemon peel. Gradually stir in flour to form a soft crumbly dough. Press evenly into the bottom of an aluminum foil lined 13x9x2 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, to prepare lemon layer. In a large bowl whisk eggs well. Stir together sugar, flour and baking powder. Gradually whisk sugar mixture into eggs. Stir in lemon peel, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour over hot baked crust. Return to oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool. Using foil on two sides, lift out the cookie base. With a wet knife cut into bars or squares. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

We hope that you have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy!!!

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