Lions Plate: Zestful lemon bars

By Julia Dzurillay
Columnist

Living away from home all on your own at school can be difficult, especially when it comes time to prepare dinner. I especially miss my mother’s home-cooked meals every time I bite into a cheese sandwich or soggy french fry. With limited dining options and home-style cooking scarce, it’s a challenge to uphold a fulfilling diet as a student living away from home.

Luckily, this quick and easy recipe is here to help solve your cooking problems. If you’re craving something sour, sweet and refreshing, try Mom on Time Out’s recipe for microwavable lemon bars conveniently made in your dorm room microwave. Within an hour, you’ll be remembering all the foods, flavors and feelings of home — just in time to finish that essay you forgot is due.

Powdered sugar makes for a tasty topping. (Flickr)

Serving size: 25 lemon bars

Ingredients (For Crust):
1 cup of flour
3 tbsps of powdered sugar
6 tbsps of melted butter
Zest of 1 lemon

Ingredients (For Filling):
1 cup of granulated sugar
Zest of 2 lemons
3 large eggs
.3 cup of lemon juice
1 tbsp of flour
.5 tsp of baking powder
.5 tsp of salt

Directions (For Crust):
1. Use butter to lightly grease a 9×9 inch microwave-safe baking dish.
2. Whisk flour, sugar and lemon zest together in dish.
3. Stir in melted butter to create the crust.
4. Press crust into the prepared baking dish.
5. Microwave for three minutes, or until crust is firm.
6. Set aside and prepare filling.

Directions (For Filling):
1. Beat together sugar, lemon zest, eggs and lemon juice.
2. Beat in flour, baking powder and salt. Continue beating for 2-3 minutes.
3. Pour the filling over the crust and microwave for three minutes. Filling should be set with a little jiggle. If it hasn’t set, microwave for an additional minute.
4. Refrigerate the lemon bars for several hours, or overnight.
5. Cut into squares, dust with powdered sugar and sprinkle additional lemon zest for flavor.
6. Keep refrigerated.
7. Enjoy!