I think homemade food is one of the greatest gifts of love there is. We have almost completely lost touch with cooking and baking from scratch because of how our lifestyles have progressed. It’s sad to me that kids now think cookie dough comes in a plastic tube from the grocery shelf. Or that soup comes from a can or box. When we prepare food for ourselves or for others we are literally putting our energy into the food. That’s why a home-cooked meal can feel so comforting. Especially when it’s made for us by someone we love.
On Mother’s Day I packed up all of the ingredients to make lemon bars and took them to my mom’s house. I know she loves them and I wanted her house to smell good from the baking. This was my gift to her and I poured love into every step.
It wasn’t long until my boyfriend started bugging me to make him his own lemon bars. He requested several times and because I love him I made them yesterday just for him. I am not even eating them right now because I’m on a clean 2 week meal plan.
Baking has always been therapy for me. It’s meditative and consuming. It’s hard to worry about “big stuff” when you are measuring out spoonfuls of powder and mixing up yellow batter to a frothy foam.
This recipe is super simple and basic. Real ingredients, real lemons, real love
1 cup flour
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Combine and press into an 8×8 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
1 cup sugar
Juice of one whole lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest- use a grater lightly over washed lemon skin
pinch of baking powder
Pour over crust and bake 20-25 minutes until golden. Lightly sprinkle top with powdered sugar.