Raspberry Lemon Bars

(For 12 bars)

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time:  55 min
Total time: 5 hours

Spring is upon us and what better way to enjoy dessert after a lovely brunch than with these raspberry lemon bars! The recipe is so very easy. Total active time is only about an hour. The rest of the time is used to cool the bars and refrigerate. These bars can be stored in the refrigerator for about a week & frozen for up to 3 months. You will have your friends and relatives swooning over these and asking you to send them the recipe!

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon rose water (you can use vanilla extract if you don’t have rose water)
  • Pinch of salt

For the filling

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

Method

Preheat oven to 325F.

For the crust
Melt butter and mix well with sugar, rose water and salt in a medium bowl. Add the flour a little at a time and mix well. As you add the flour the mixture will keep getting thicker till you have a thick dough.

Line a medium baking tray with parchment paper. Press the dough into pan till you have an even crust layer. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until the edges are browned.

For the filling
While the crust is baking, in a saucepan over medium heat, add in raspberries, water and 1 teaspoon flour and bring to a boil. Reduce water till is reduced to about half and you have a thick consistency. Pass through a sieve to remove the raspberry seeds. Set aside to cool.

Sift sugar and flour into a large bowl. Add eggs and lemon juice and whisk well. Now add in the raspberry sauce and combine well. Pour this filling over the warm crust and bake for 25 minutes or until set.

Remove baking tray from the oven and let the bars cook completely. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Lift out the bars with parchment paper. Using a clean knife cut into 12 neat squares. Dust with confectioners sugar and serve!

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