strawberry lemonade bars (gluten free) …

if ever there was a recipe that surprised, this.was.it! and i made them gluten free. winning!

(recipe courtesy of bakingbites)

ingredients
crust
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (substitute with gluten free all purpose plain flour)
1/4 tsp salt

filling
1 cup fresh lemon juice
2-3 teaspoons lemon zest
1/2 cup pureed strawberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup all purpose flour (substitute with gluten free all purpose plain flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

method
1) preheat oven to 350f.
2) lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking pan. i lined a 7×10 inch pan with baking paper.
3) in a large bowl, cream together sugar and butter, until smooth and fluffy.

4) working at a low speed, gradually beat in flour and salt until mixture is crumbly.

5) pour into prepared pan and press into an even layer.

bake for about 17 minutes, until set at the edges. while the crust bakes, prepare the filling.

6) in the bowl of a food processor, combine lemon juice, lemon zest, strawberry puree, sugar and eggs and process until smooth.

7) add in flour, baking powder and salt, then pulse until smooth.

8) gently pour the filling over the hot crust when it has finished baking.

9) return the pan to the oven and bake for 23-26 minutes, until the filling is set.
there will be a light colored “crust” on top from the sugar in the custard – nothing to worry about.

10) cool completely before slicing and use a damp knife to ensure clean slices.
store bars in the refrigerator, especially on a hot day. if so desired, dust the top with icing sugar. makes 24 bars.

when i took the pan out the of the oven i was slightly underwhelmed. all i could think was ‘is this it? hmph!’. those thoughts went out the window when i had one. my taste buds were doing the dance of joy! yay!

i have a confession to make. don’t ask me how i did it but i did. i used my 3/4 cup to measure my flour and sugar instead of using my 1 cup. oh the shame and horror! but thankfully the bars turned out ok. well, more than ok ;)

2 things i’ll do differently when i make them next time – a) measure the ingredients properly (ha!) and b) cool the slice in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving. imagine how much better they’d be? oh, and imagine if i had used my home-grown meyer lemons … oooh ….

o.m.g – these were beautiful! the filling was soft and gooey. the taste? tangy, not too sweet and deeeelicious. these are the ideal summertime treats.

“the strawberry – doubtless god could have made a better berry, but doubtless god never did.” ~ dr. william butler, 17th century english writer

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