Friday, August 7, 2015

Lemon Brownies

Delightfully sweet and chewy lemon brownies that are perfect for the citrus lover in your life! I picked up a bag of lemons while grocery shopping recently because I wanted to make a yummy lemon treat for the weekend. K is a big time lemon fan, and it had been quiet a while since my last lemon dessert. I didn't have a specific recipe in mind, so I turned to my handy dandy Pinterest app and quickly settled on this recipe.  It is hard for me to find the right words to describe these for you. They are fluffy yet chewy, sweet yet tart, cake like yet brownie like all at the same time.  These remind me of the Swedish brownies that I make every year around Christmas. The Swedish brownies are an old family recipe that have a lovely almond flavor and are topped with little pearl sprinkles instead of a glaze.  The ingredient list and method are very similar and both recipes yield a wonderfully textured non-chocolate brownie. I wouldn't classify these as a blondie though; those are a whole other and also very delicious treat!  These simple and delicious lemon brownies are the prefect recipe to try next time you are baking with citrus!

Lemon Brownies

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter
2 eggs
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon

1/2 cup confectioners sugar
zest of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt together.  Mix in the butter followed by the eggs and then the lemon zest and juice.  Stir everything together until just combined.  Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.  Whisk the glaze ingredients together in a small bowl and then spread evenly over the cooled brownies using a spoon or a knife.  Let the glaze set for at least 10 minutes before serving.


Inspired by The Taylor House

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