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Easy Lemon Bars recipe that includes a homemade crust and fresh lemon layer. This recipe is fast, easy, and delicious. Perfect when you need a quick treat!
It was a little over 3 years ago when I clicked Publish for the first time on Simply LaKita.
I had no idea where to even begin. I’d actually became obsessed with looking at any and everyone’s blog that I could to figure out what I wanted and could do. I knew nothing. I did, however, know that I wanted to have a digital space to share my recipes with family and friends. You see I was already experimenting and trying new things out in the kitchen and after being asked one too many times for a particular recipe, I decided that a blog would be the perfect place to direct those questions.
I also wanted a way to preserve the recipes that had been passed down from my grandmother to my mother, and then on to me. Those handwritten stained recipe cards are great and personal, but over time they don’t hold up very well.
And so with this, I purchased my blog’s domain, set up my WordPress website, and began the stumbling and sometimes confusing journey as a food blogger.
If I could go back to February 1, 2013 when I published my first blog post, I would tell myself the following things:
- Success will not happen overnight – Blogging is a very long game. You have to do it because you love it because it will take awhile for you to find your voice, figure out what works for you and what doesn’t, and for you to cultivate and grow an audience of readers and followers.
- Writing and Editing are just two of the MANY skills you will have to develop – Blogging is WAY more than coming up with great content and editing it…you will also have to learn photography (styling, creating and editing), site maintenance, how to analyze data, manage subscriber e-mails, social media management, marketing, a little coding, and several other things. AND if you decide to go from a hobby blogger to a business, then you will also have to also learn how to pitch brands, work with pr reps, billing, invoicing, keeping up with expenses, taxes, and this is just scratching the surface of things you will need to know and do.
- You have no control over what content is popular and what is not – You will find yourself creating a piece that you absolutely love and figure everyone will love too…Wrong! But that piece that took you a few minutes to create and publish that you didn’t even think twice about could be the content that people fall in love with and it goes viral and this is not something that you can control. No matter how hard you analyze numbers, the reality is that you never know what your readers will enjoy the most from you.
These are just a few things that I wished I had known before I began blogging, but the main thing is that you have to blog because you love it. Blogging is work and if you are not passionate about what you are doing then it will be very hard for you to continue and also connect with readers.
- For the Crust:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), diced
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- For Lemon Layer:
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
Preheat the oven 350 degrees F. and set aside an 8 X 8-inch square baking pan.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, butter, sugar, vanilla, and salt using a spoon until it begins to come together and then knead it by hand until all of the dough sticks together.
Form into a ball and place into the baking pan and press down on the bottom of the pan evenly.
Using a fork prick the dough all over to help the dough cook evenly and so no bubbles will form.
Place the crust into the oven and bake 15 to 20 minutes, until the crust is light golden brown and then remove from the oven.
While the crust is cooking, in the same bowl the dough was in whisk together the eggs, egg yolk, sugar, flour, lemon juice, and lemon zest until it is combined and pour over top of the finished baking crust. The lemon mixture will be liquidy, but it will firm up so place back into the oven and continue to bake the lemon bars for 20 to 25 minutes until the edge of the bars is golden brown and the center is set.
Remove the lemon bars from the oven and allow them to cool completely in the dish on a cooling rack before you slice into bars.