When I saw this recipe for lemon bars over at The Kitchen Sink Recipes, I knew I had to try it. I mean, hazelnuts! Lemon! Using the food processor! I've never made bars, so I was kind of excited to try this out. Besides, they just looked so good.
They turned out...fine. I think I may not have baked them long enough, because when it got to the whole "add the lemon mixture to the hot crust" thing, I had a slight problem. The crust didn't stay put when I poured the lemon mixture on top, but rather bubbled up and combined with the lemon, forming this crusty lemon combination. I hoped the crust would sink back down when it baked, but it didn't really, so some of the bars were more like sandwiches. Some of them were bar-like. Some were just mushy.
|Looks a little upside down, right?
|This photo makes it look pretty delicious though...
The other issue was that the lemon filling was a bit oozy, like it didn't quite set right, even though I baked it for longer than I was supposed to. The pieces in the middle were more like custardy goo than a lemon bar, but hey...we ate them all. They were a little too sweet, so next time I'd probably use less sugar or more regular lemons (I used mostly Meyer lemons). But overall, it was a nice experiment, and I had fun using my food processor. I bought way too many hazelnuts, so I'll be sure to try these again!