Sunday, December 30, 2007

Lemony Snippets

Lemony Snippets...I was once given the gift of lemon balm and told to plant it in my yard. The person who gifted me this kryptonite, this lemon balm is now my arch nemesis. Laura Ingalls, I just have one thing to say to you, Miss Beetle only smelled of lemon verbena because she planted a little sprig and it took over her home and got into her sweat glands. At first it is pretty and you pluck a little here and there to make tea or sachet's. Slowly it creeps under the deck and into your yard. The next thing you know it smells like lemons when you mow, when you walk, and when you hang out on the deck for a barbecue. The lemon smell slowly takes over your nose, your dreams, your mind, your life, and when you have had enough, you put the house on the market to sell and you tell the potential buyer about that she can make tea and sachet's. Now, here is a great recipe for lemon bars.

1/2 cup butter
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 large egg yolks
1 large egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Beat butter in mixer till it begins to soften. Add powdered sugar, extracts, egg yolks and egg, and flour... beat until combined. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan. Spread dough into bottom of pan.Bake for 20 minutes or until done.
While baking the crust make the filling by mixing the following...
5 large eggs2 1/2 cups sugar1/2 cup lemon juicezest from one lemon
Poor this over your crust and bake for another 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting. Many people sprinkle powdered sugar over the top, but I find this makes my teeth curl. Enjoy!

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