RECIPE: LEMON ALMOND SQUARES
Alas, I forgot to take pictures of my lemon bars along the way... which quite speaks to the lemon bars themselves. I served the one batch THREE times in the course of a week! First, of course, Mr. J and I had to try them for ourselves (fresh and warm... I couldn't wait for them to cool ALL the way)... second, for my parents at our pre-Easter gathering (my dad loves lemon anything), and third, at Mr. J's family's Easter dinner.
I ran into some... let's call them technical difficulties. I apparently didn't read the recipe close enough (although I swear I read it multiple times!) and thought that the almond crust was meant to be just the bottom layer with the lemon filling as the top layer. For whatever reason - i.e. excitement to make these - I didn't realize that the crust was actually supposed to SURROUND the lemon filling until I already started baking the crust. No matter! The lemon filling still firmed up nicely on the crust (my fear was that it wouldn't firm up and would just ooze out) -- the crust was just a bit thicker than it should have been, but I didn't care, the crust was yummy.
These lemon bars were just delicious. The almond extract flavor was a (pleasant) surprise to everyone who tasted the bars, which was nicely complemented by the almonds in the crust. I loved how the sour lemon flavor balanced with the almond extract sweetness. Really, I could have eaten the whole tray. I admit that I think I might have loved these more than some of my family members, but these honestly were some of the best "cookies" I've ever tried. If you are a fan of almond, these are the bars for you.