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Lemon Curd Bars for Wedding, Graduation, Anniversary Parties

May 29, 2015

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My youngest daughter first fell in love with these lemon bars and began making them frequently, often when she needed a treat for lunch potlucks when she worked for United Bank.

When our second daughter got married four years ago on June 4, we hosted a bridal tea/bachelorette party for the women in her bridal party on our front porch.

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We had a grand time hauling out all the fancy tea party stuff. Doreen made these for the party while I made most of the other goodies.

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Somehow the end of May has ended up being wedding and anniversary season in our family: we got married today, May 29 (see bottom photo); oldest daughter Michelle and her husband Brian celebrate on May 31, and Tanya and Jon on June 4.

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Sisters Doreen, Michelle, Tanya; best buds Robin, Gina, and Edie.

My mouth puckers up just thinking of these lemon bars. Tart and sweet, all in one. Yum. These make a showy, rich addition to any celebratory party you’ve got going on: bridal, grad, anniversary or birthday.

The tricky part to this recipe (besides making sure you have on hand a bunch of eggs and lemons) is baking the bars until they are no longer runny inside, without overbaking.

Lemon Curd Bars

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Whisk together in bowl

1 ½ cups flour
¼ cup powdered sugar
Pinch salt

Add ¾ cups (1 ½ sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces.

Using a pastry blender or your fingertips, cut in the butter until the mixture is the size of small peas. Press the dough into the bottom and ¾ inch up the sides of an ungreased 13 x 9 inch baking pan. Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Transfer the pan to a rack and reduce the oven temperature to a cooling rack; meanwhile reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees.

Whisk together in a large bowl until well combined:

6 large eggs
3 cups sugar

Stir in:

Grated zest of 1 lemon
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 5-6 lemons)

Sift over the top of above mixture:

½ cup all-purpose flour

Stir until well blended and smooth

Pour the lemon/egg batter over the baked crust. Bake about 35 minutes, until the topping is set. Cool in the pan on a cooling rack.

Sift or sprinkle approximately ½ cup powdered sugar over cooled lemon bars. Cut into 18 3 x 2 inch bars, or smaller.

Adapted from Joy of Cooking.

WeddingReception1976Stuart and I enjoying our own wedding reception at Trinity Presbyterian Church, May 29, 1976.

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From → Family Life, Food, Recipes

6 Comments
  1. I have always associated lemon curd with high English tea – tart and sweet together. It’s nice to see your lovely adaptations here. And you wore a white hat for your wedding – interesting!

    • Yes, Marian, it was supposed to be an outside “garden type” wedding but we had a rainy day instead. Rain is a sign of blessing at a wedding, don’t you think? Yes, English high tea was the idea!

  2. Beverly Silver permalink

    I remember your wedding day at TPC! Lovely!

    • As I thumbed through a few pictures looking for one to share, I saw so many folks I had completely forgotten they were there! I had one photographer making sure he tried to get photos of everyone there. So many throwback pictures! I’m glad you were there and remember it well!

  3. Caro-Claire Wiles permalink

    Hi Melodie
    These squares look so good and although I have never made them myself, ,they often turn up at parties at the church or funeral lunches.
    The lemon curd was a “specialty” in my own family when I was young, as my mother had an English background and I grew up with many English specialties.
    We used to make the lemon curd and used it in pastry shells .
    Christmas morning we had it on our toast fro breakfast.
    I haven’t made it for a long time but may get ambitious one of these days and try it again
    .

  4. Funeral lunches, eh? That makes sense and I must say you yourself look like a proper English woman who would enjoy sitting down to tea with some English specialties. I’ll have to confess I didn’t know The “curd” part of the lemon bars seems to cast it into the field of English specialty, but perhaps my daughter knew that, as she spent a semester in Scotland, loved it and fell in love with the “spot of afternoon tea” so favored in the U.K. Nice to hear from you. On toast for breakfast–as a spread??

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