Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Lemons in Winter

One thing on my to-do list, during my day of domestic duties, was to hopefully pick lemons from our Meyer Lemon tree.  Sadly they still aren't quite ready - they are so beautifully yellow & smell so good - cannot wait to juice them & turn them into lemon bars (one of my favorites).  We may not have the beautiful winter scenes with snow & mountains, etc., but we are able to have lemons in winter (along with limes (hopefully my next tree to plant) and mandarin oranges (new tree still looks sad)).  I guess I could call them organic as well since I don't do anything to help them - no pesticides, no special fertilizer, etc - the tree survives on its own. 

My lemon bar recipe is very basic - just can't mess with the natural sweetness of the lemon... I'll share it if anyone is interested.  Anyone else growing something ymmy this winter?


  1. Hi Sherry! Thanks for the like on my FB page. I clicked on your name and saw the link to your blog on your profile. I live in the northwest so we don't grow lemons and limes up here in the winter but I'd love the recipe. My husband loves lemon bars. I'm happy to join you all on Focus 52. It looks like it will be alot of fun.

    Have a great day!

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, Sylvia. I'm very happy to add that my lemon tree (& the lemons) survived the storms yesterday. My lemon bar recipe is surprisingly from an old Winnie the Pooh book: Winnie-the-Pooh's Teatime Cookbook, published in 1993.

    Lemon Bars
    1 cup butter (2 sticks)
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup powdered sugar

    4 eggs
    1/2 tsp freshly grated lemon rind
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1/3 cup lemon juice
    1/4 cup all purpose flour
    2 cups granulated sugar
    powdered sugar, for decoration

    Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Mix together butter, flour, and sugar until a rich dough forms. Spread in a well-greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes

    Beat eggs. Slowly mix in lemon rind, baking powder, lemon juice, flour, and sugar. Pour mixture over cooked crust. Bake at 350 deg F for 20-25 minutes. Cool in pan for 30 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar and cut into bars.

    Makes 2 dozen bars.