When life gives you lemons...
The original source for this quote seems unclear, perhaps came from a Christian anarchist writer in 1915, or perhaps an ancient proverb, but it became popular through Dale Carnagie in his book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.
Alas, we had a few lemons this week. But instead of making lemonade, a better pick me up is lemon bars in my humble opinion.
Allrecipes is a good "for a crowd" dessert since it makes a lot. I kept the crust but added 50% more filling for the lemon bars. I would make it more sour next time, but that's my personal preference. Also, do not make the same mistake as I did and over bake it - like cheesecake it will continue to bake after you take it out.
Update 8/2015: It's been almost 1 1/2 years since I've written this post - thank you for all your thoughts/well wishes. Alas, our family friend/godmother has since passed away. My uncle has unfortunately failed his first bone marrow transplant, and has just undergone his second transplant, so we're keeping our fingers crossed.
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
lemon zest (optional)
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3-4 lemons, juiced and zested (to desired tartness)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden.
In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes in the preheated oven. Do not overbake; the bars will firm up as they cool. After both pans have cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and serve.