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Gluten-Free Lemon Bars – Tangy Dessert Delight

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Introduction:
Lemon bars have long been a cherished treat, offering a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors that awaken the taste buds with every bite. In recent years, the demand for gluten-free options has surged, leading to the creation of delightful recipes that cater to those with dietary restrictions without compromising on taste. Today, we’re diving into the world of gluten-free lemon bars—a zesty, citrusy dessert that’s sure to become a favorite at your next gathering. With the perfect blend of tart lemon curd and a buttery, gluten-free crust, these bars are a testament to culinary ingenuity and inclusivity.

Historical Context: Lemon bars, often referred to as lemon squares, have a rich history dating back to the early 20th century. They are believed to have originated in the United States, gaining popularity during the mid-20th century as a classic American dessert. Over the years, this dessert has undergone numerous variations and adaptations, including the creation of gluten-free versions to accommodate dietary preferences and restrictions.

Preparation:

1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a 9×9-inch baking pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on two sides for easy removal.

2. Prepare the Gluten-Free Crust: a. In a mixing bowl, combine the gluten-free all-purpose flour, softened butter, powdered sugar, and salt. b. Mix until the ingredients come together to form a crumbly dough. c. Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan, creating a firm crust. d. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until it turns lightly golden brown.

3. Make the Lemon Filling: a. While the crust is baking, prepare the lemon filling. In a separate bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar and gluten-free all-purpose flour. b. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. c. Stir in the fresh lemon juice, lemon zest, and baking powder, ensuring a smooth and well-combined mixture.

4. Bake and Cool: a. Pour the lemon filling mixture over the baked crust, spreading it evenly. b. Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes or until the filling is set, with a slight jiggle in the center. c. Remove the pan from the oven and allow it to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. This will take about 1-2 hours.

5. Slice and Serve: a. Once completely cooled, lift the lemon bars out of the pan using the parchment paper or aluminum foil overhang. b. Place the bars on a cutting board and dust with powdered sugar if desired. c. Use a sharp knife to cut the bars into squares or rectangles. d. Serve your gluten-free lemon bars on a plate or tray, garnished with additional lemon zest for a burst of flavor and visual appeal.

6. Enjoy! These gluten-free lemon bars are best enjoyed fresh, but you can store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

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prep time
55 minutes.
cooking time
40 minutes.
servings
12 bars
total time
55 minutes.

Equipment

  • 9x9-inch baking pan

  • Mixing bowls

  • Whisk

  • Hand or stand mixer

  • Citrus juicer

  • Zester or grater

  • Sifter (optional)

  • Aluminum foil (for easy removal)

Ingredients

  • For the Gluten-Free Crust:

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • For the Lemon Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar

  • 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

  • 4 large eggs

  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4-5 lemons)

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

  • Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)

Instructions

1
Preheat oven to 350°F.
2
Prepare gluten-free crust.
3
Make the lemon filling.
4
Bake, cool, slice, and serve.
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