Monday, June 15, 2009

Lemony Buttermilk Bliss Bars - On A Blue Plate for Blue Monday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I love the contrast of these pale yellow bars on the cobalt blue plate. Its intensity is a lure that will draw you to the plate and the lovely buttermilk and lemon bars that are waiting for you to sample. The flavor of these bars is intense. If you prefer something with a bit less bite use less lemon zest or replace it with the sweeter zest of Meyer lemons. There are three predominant flavors in this dessert; buttermilk, lemon and butter and your palate will identify them in that order. Its hard to believe that anything so easy to make can be this good, but take one bite and you'll become a true believer. The bars take about 20 minutes to assemble and require about 35 minutes to bake. I urge you to try this one. You won't regret it.

Lemony Buttermilk Bliss Bars...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
6 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar, plus 2/3 cup
2/3 cup flour, plus 2 tablespoons
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely grated
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup buttermilk
Confectioners', for dusting

Directions:
1) Move a rack to middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Butter bottom and e sides of an 8-inch square baking pan.
2) In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat together butter and 1/4 cup granulated sugar until creamy. Add 2/3 cup flour and salt and mix on low speed until blended. Spoon dough into the prepared pan and press evenly into bottom of pan. Bake until crust is golden, 15-18 minutes.
3) Meanwhile, in a large bowl, using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat eggs and remaining 2/3 cup granulated sugar until blended. Add remaining 2 tablespoons flour, lemon zest and juice, and buttermilk; beat until smooth. Pour filling evenly over the baked crust.
4) Bake until top of filling is set and barely browned at the edges, about 20-25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan set on a wire rack. Cut into 8 bars. To cut into even pieces cut first into quarters and then cut each quarter in half. Dust with confectioners' sugar shaken through a sieve. Yield: 8 bars.

Recipe adapted from Food Made Fast—Baking by Williams Sonoma.

I'm send this to Smiling Sally for her Blue Monday event.

55 comments:

Natashya said...

Mmmm, lemony goodness. I love the colour combo you have going on!

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

I love cobalt blue and I love lemon. Go Monday!

Anne Fannie said...

I love the lemon bars on that beautiful dark blue plate!
And thanks for that recipe too!
~Ann

Carrie said...

Ohh, I have to save this recipe! Thank you very much.

Coloradolady said...

Goodness these look good, but the color of that plate is lovely. Happy Blue Monday.

Selba said...

Beautiful combination of the lemony buttermilk bars with the blue plate :)

Itajeff @Something To Share said...

Wonderful!

Happy Blue MOnday

Lots of luv,
Ita

Martha said...

I love lemon, I love buttermilk -- I'll have to try these lemon bars next time I make some -- and I love lemon bars -- right up there next to lemon meringue pie!

Katy said...

I was just looking for a lemon bar recipe. Saving this one as I have lemons and buttermilk that need some loving!

Love the blue and yellow combo. You're right. I was immediately attracted to the colors. Beautiful.

Jamie said...

The photo is indeed gorgeous but I must admit that those lemon bars (the tangier the better, I say) are the most scrumptious and perfect-looking lemon bars I have ever seen. I will definitely be making these. I love lemon (and husband loves buttermilk).

hip chick said...

Oh they look so delich! I love lemon bars.

Susan said...

Oh Mary these lemon bars look delicious! I really love your cobalt blue plate for Blue Monday! Exquisite...

Susan said...

I feel I have just opened a treasure with this recipe. Thank you for sharing. Can't wait to try. :-)

Penny said...

Mary, What a beautiful picture. What kind of camera are you using? Lovely recipe too.

Maya said...

What a great presentation. The blue plate truly shows of your artful sweetness.

Netts Nook said...

I love anything lemon and the blue plate special just adds to my delight. What a great picture.

Knitty said...

Did you hear me moan when I saw the picture of these bars? One of us should be ashamed of ourselves!

Gusnawi Chen said...

nice blog, and recipe :))

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Debbie @Like a Rose said...

Oh my, now I'm really hungry for those. I love lemon bars.

ellen b. said...

So I know I've said this before but your food photos are good enough to eat :0) I also wish you were my neighbor so I could help out with taste testing your latest creation...sigh.

Gee said...

Mary, you made feel hungary. Such a lovely posting.

Boo-Bah said...

I love lemony things, so I think I would love your bars. I think your plate is a really gorgeous shade of blue.

I hope you have a lovely day.

Iris

Cathy said...

I love the flavor of lemons and have never tried a bar recipe that calls for buttermilk. Sounds delish, Mary, and its is on my list of must bake recipes.

Baking Monster said...

Yum anything with lemon in it has my vote. :)

Claudie said...

One perfect bite for you looks yummy compared to my hubby's perfect bite LOL
Although lemon bars are his most favorite.
Happy Blue Monday
Love Claudie
xoxo

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Hi Mary,
Those bars look so yummy on the blue plate! Mmmm, I can just imagine how delicious they are! Happy Blue Monday!

Claudia said...

You do make the prettiest food. The lemons look so - sweet! on the cobalt blue. And the recipe sounds delicious. Bookmarking it.

Charli and me said...

I love anything with lemon so I will be trying these. Your right. They do look delicious on that striking blue plate. Happy Blue Monday!

Pam said...

I love any dessert with lemon - they look great. I also love your blue plate!

the ungourmet said...

You are right! That gorgeous blue plate does contrast the bars beautifully. They look delicious!

Mary said...

Penny, We use a point and click Canon PowerShot A75 that I hope we'll be able to replace soon. We have additional lenses for the PowerShot that allow us to take the pictures you see here.

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

I love your blog! I'm soooooo going to make the lemon bars, yum! They're calorie free, right? :O)

Smilingsal said...

Please ship me a dozen--QUICKLY! Happy Blue Monday.

xinex said...

Love the vividness of your plate color, Mary, and that lemon bar looks so good!...Christine

The Blonde Duck said...

I adore the blue plate special!

Kimberly said...

Oh wow! I should not have visited your blog until AFTER I had my lunch. Now I'm hungry already! ;)

Bridgett said...

What a lovely photo, I agree that the cobalt plate pairs beautifully with the lemon bars. My husband planted me a meyer lemon tree for mother's day and I can't wait for it to produce. These little bars are perfect for summer.

Maria said...

What a special treat for a Monday! I needed a pick me up!

Terry said...

Howdy
WOW what yummy photos.
I love these lemony bars they are fabulous .
That blue plate is simply stunning .
I don't know which one I like best the lemon bar or that gorgeous blue plate.
I adore cobalt blue.
Thank you for the eye candy photos.
Blessings of joy to you .
Have a great week.
Hugs

Ashley ~ said...

I love blue, so I especially loved your blue plate. I'll have give that recipe a try too*! Looks good*! _Ashley

Ann said...

Wow looks so yummma dn color is so pleasnat

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

These look and sound delicious! Hope you had a Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

RobinfromCA said...

Oh, my! Those look so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Happy Blue Monday!
Robin@Miscellaneous Thoughts

finsmom said...

Bliss is right - these look incredible!

Sara said...

Those look amazing. It sounds like it is nice and tart, which I love.

Mary said...

Sara, I'm soglad you found us. I hope you'll join us often.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

ahhhh.. lemon bars look yummy on blue plate..

happy Monday!
fitty

srp said...

I love lemon bars but have never had them with buttermilk... must give this recipe to my mom! Thanks for stopping by!

girlichef said...

These look so creamy and amazing. Do you know of my battle with lemons in the baked good department? I may have to go toe to toe with them yet again :D

Lori said...

My cheeks and lips are puckering. Hmmm, pass one over this way!

Still Learning said...

Oh my goodness, I have to try these. They look yummy!!

Jennifer

A & W said...

I will have to put this on my list of things to try! I have a bad history with lemon bars...for some reason I can never quite get them right! But these look good enough for me to risk more failure for :)
- Whitney

Kevin said...

Those look really good. Lemon bars are one of my favorite treats.

free online adventure games said...

I'll have to get my hands on some buttermilk! Sounds like such a simple recipe - don't even need baking powder. Simple and tasty.

Create. Snap. Eat. said...

Yum! But, how funny -- when I first saw this post I thought these were egg toasts :-)

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