SMS – Toasted Almond Lemon Bars

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When life gives you lemons, make lemon bars!
I vote that this be the credo of all bakers across the globe, who’s with me?!

Lemon bars are a perfect treat if you covet one that doesn’t taste fussy and interfere with its true star: the lemons (of course).

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Sometimes a simple treat with only one true star to steal the show is refreshing. You don’t have any diva’s trying to get into the mix and steal the spotlight from all the other unsuspecting stars. Because then they break out into a fight and you have a spurt of this here and some of that there and the next thing you know, your tongue is throwing in the towel and you have a headache.

Who needs THAT?

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Although the lemons are the star of the show, the crust is delicious. It is crumbly and simply delightful, a perfect base for these bars. I had a few problems with the process of these bars. The dough was fuuuuuuussy. It came together quickly and easily but it was so soft that it was impossible for me to press it into the pan without my hands getting covered in the dough. Then when I DID finally get it into the pan, I removed the foil and pie weights (read: rice) and baked some more to brown it and managed to create cracks in my dough. Melissa says ‘NO CRACKS’ so I admit that I panicked a little. But forged ahead. I filled the cracked crust with super runny filling, said a prayer to the baking gods and placed my lucky rabbits foot on top of the oven.

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And boy, oh boy. Was I rewarded. That’s not a question… that is a blunt in yo face statement that should make you RUN, not walk to your nearest kitchen and get to squeezin those lemons that life gave you!!

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A giiiiiant thank you to Rebecca of Indecisive Baker for choosing these bars and pulling me out of my fear of conquering lemon squares! Head on over to her blog for the recipe.

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I semi-apologize for the picture heavy post. It’s a rarity that I can’t decide between a few pictures. These bars were beautiful to photograph, so I thought I’d share that with you! I hope you enjoy 🙂

Up next week: Chocolate Peppermint Meringues


10 thoughts on “SMS – Toasted Almond Lemon Bars

  1. Beautiful pics Jeannette! I actually found these bars tough to photograph but yours look perfect! The crust was finicky for me too, so much in fact I actually made it twice because the first time was a total fail. They were delicious though so all is forgiven.

    To respond to the question you asked the other day, I bought those cupcake liners at Home Goods. I’ve never ordered liners online but I definitely understand your fear about them getting smooshed! I’ve heard good things about Bake it Pretty, but have never ordered from them myself. I’d recommend checking your local Home Goods (or similar store-not sure if it’s a nationwide store) and if you can’t find anything maybe give that site a shot?

  2. Gloria says:

    Don’t apologize for the photos! They are gorgeous! I’m envious of the pale yellow color of your lemon bars. My bars were too lemony for my taste. But I did enjoy photographing them.

    Great post!

  3. Oh my stars these are gorgeous. And I love the comment about putting a rabbits food on the stove…may have to try that myself sometime 🙂

  4. Your bars look so gooey and wonderful! I don’t know what I was thinking with my picture. It really didn’t do the bars justice 😛

    Katie xox

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