While I was growing up I was lucky to have family gatherings that brought me together with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. It started with Memorial Day and ended with Labor Day—a summer of family. Of course as a child you took many things for granted and good food was one of them. One dessert however everyone remembers as being extra tasty, Aunt Donna’s Lemon Bars. And now I share it with you. I’ve used this recipe over the years and it’s never failed me.
One pointer that I would pass along that is very important is pan size. Don’t fudge on the size of the pan. If you double the recipe, which I do often, use a pan with exactly the same amount of square inches. It matters. I call mine the double wide-- it is really a large lasagna pan, but it has exactly the same measurements as two 9 x 13 inch pans would have. The bonus of using an extra large pan is as you cut the bars you don't loose any edges, you get more bars and more of all the wonderful yummy goodness to share! And while we're talking about pans this is my favorite 9 x 13 from Williams-Sonoma (the squares always turn out SQUARE). You can make these lemon bars in less than an hour from start to finish, but they do need some cooling time before you cut them.
The biggest problem you will have after you’ve made these addictive tangy tidbits is sharing them quickly so that you don’t have them calling your name every five minutes!
What is your favorite family summer recipe?