Monday, April 30, 2012

Lemony Lemonies Luscious Lemon Brownies

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Did someone say "Lemon Brownies"?  I think I first saw these whilst browsing through Pinterest ... lemon brownies.  Brilliance!


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Zest me, baby, one more time...You can never have enough lemon zest...

I love this new phase of life: 30's, married, parenthood...it gives you a new meaning and motivation to live, to teach, to appreciate, to be thankful.  Furthermore, I love the free lemons that grow on my neighbor's tree.  


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 Doesn't that glaze look lemony luxe luscious?  It's creamy, satiny smooth, with the brightest, freshest lemon flavor.


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 Glaze. Harden. Repeat.  A double layer of glaze is twice as nice.

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If you were wondering how you can make a brownie without chocolate, you must brave the doubt and attempt these.  These are cakey-dense-moist just like brownies, with better-than-lemon-bar flavor!  These are going into my permanent recipe collection.  For...real!!

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I was truly inspired by the San Diego Food Bloggers and their Bake Sale this past Saturday to benefit the Share Our Strength Campaign, that I wanted to come home and get back in the baking/cooking/photographing/blogging grooooooove!  Dive right in.  These couldn't have been easier to make, what with just a handful of ingredients...

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These are a perfect palate cleanser after a delicious meal.  Bake these for your next Sunday dinner, Church Potluck, Themed Dinner Party...Birthdays, Anniversaries...and of course, Bake Sales.

How do you make lemon brownies, you ask?

The "Brownie" Batter
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour {King Arthur All-Purpose Flour}
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt {Sea Salt}
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Tart Lemon Glaze
  • 1 rounded cup powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 8 teaspoons lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease/Spray an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with butter/cooking spray and set aside. 

Zest and juice two small/large lemons; set aside. {whatever you have}

In the bowl of an electric mixture fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the flour, sugar, salt, and softened butter until combined. 

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined. Pour into the flour mixture and beat at medium speed until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. 

Pour into baking dish and bake for 23-25 minutes, or until just starting to turn golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before glazing.  Do not overbake, or the bars will be dry. {even with the yummy glaze}

When brownies are cooled completely, make the glaze...sift the powdered sugar, add lemon zest and juice, and whisk together all three ingredients. Spread 1/2 the glaze over the brownies with a rubber spatula.  Let glaze set.  Spread the remaining glaze over the bars, and let it set.  This glaze does not harden like most.  Cut into bars, and serve!



For a printable version of this Lemon Brownie recipe, please visit BeckyCharms!

Thank you for the inspiration, Rita May!!


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A very special "Thanks" to Ladies Home Journal online for requesting permission and posting my Lemon Brownies on their list with other fabulous looking brownie recipes. 




-Becky Charms