Lemon Bars

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IMG_3138   I have been dying to use Nestle Carnation Sweetened Condensed Milk for one of my “Cans Get You Cooking” posts because you can use it in so many yummy desserts!  I can usually find it at Hannaford’s, Market Basket, Stop and Shop, and Price Chopper. For today’s post, I want to share my favorite Lemon Bars from meals.com.  (The Best from Nestle Kitchens)  I’ve tried different Lemon Bar recipes over the years and I didn’t like how they set up or felt like they didn’t have enough lemon flavor.  But this recipe firms up nicely so when you cut them into bars, they keep their shape and they have a nice lemon flavor.  After reading the reviews for this recipe on meals.com, several people thought it needed more lemon zest, so I added an extra tablespoon of lemon peel and I’m really happy with them.  I cook them until an inserted tooth pick comes out clean, so I highly recommend that you do the same.  Check them out!     IMG_3147  

Lemon Bars from Nestle Kitchens
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
  4. 1 can (14 oz.) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  5. 4 large eggs
  6. 2/3 cup lemon juice
  7. 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  10. 4 drops yellow food coloring (optional)
  11. 2 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  12. Sifted powdered sugar (optional)
Instructions
  1. PREHEAT oven to 350° F.
FOR CRUST
  1. COMBINE flour and powdered sugar in medium bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture is crumbly. Press lightly onto bottom and halfway up sides of ungreased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
  2. BAKE for 20 minutes or until an inserted tooth pick comes out clean.
FOR FILLING
  1. BEAT sweetened condensed milk and eggs in large mixer bowl until fluffy. Beat in lemon juice, flour, baking powder, salt and food coloring just until blended. Fold in grated lemon peel; pour over crust.
  2. BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Cool in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate for 2 hours. Cut into bars; sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Notes
  1. *In the original recipe, it calls for 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel. I think 2 tablespoons is better.
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