Bring home the memory of spring and summer with the mouthwatering strawberry lemonade bars. If you are craving something that is sweet and tart at the same time, it will give you the perfect balance of both.
The filling layer is topped with strawberries and lemon zest. The sprinkling of powdered sugar on top adds a sweet layer and an appealing appearance. With its delicious crust, juicy filling, and powerful strawberry and lemon combo, every bite gets more and more flavorful. They are as suitable for serving at special occasions, big restaurants, and parties as they are in a home environment on regular days.
WHAT’S IN THESE STRAWBERRY BARS?
In order to make strawberry lemonade bars, you have to make sure that you already have the following items. There are three steps to making these bars. If you divide your ingredients according to them, it will be easier for you to make a list.
For the crust, you will need 6 tablespoons of unsalted butter that are sliced into cubes, both granulated sugar( ½ cup) and light brown sugar (¼ cup) to enrich the filling and crust of the strawberry crumble bars. You will also need all-purpose flour of 1 ½ cup and a pinch of salt.
For the filling, you will need 1 large egg, Greek yogurt (½ cup), lemon juice (2 tablespoons), vanilla extract (1 teaspoon), granulated sugar (1/3 cup), and all-purpose flour of ¼ cup.
The third step which is making the strawberry layer requires 2 pounds of strawberries, 2 tablespoons of cornstarch, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and zest.
HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY LEMONADE BARS
To make the perfect homemade strawberry lemonade bar, follow the recipe below.
First, set the oven to 350F on preheating. Take an 8-inch square pan and line it with parchment paper. It is recommended because it makes the cleanup much easier. Use cooking spray on top of it.
In a food processor, add all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt to prepare the crust. Keep processing until blended. Next, add butter. Mix in the butter until it is all integrated. In a small mixing bowl, gently whisk together the egg, oil, ice water, and vanilla extract. Now add this mixture to the running food processor. This will also serve as the crumble topping. Take 3/4 cup of the mixture and put it aside from the rest of the mixture. Now take the 8-inch square pan and press the remaining ingredients into its base with a spatula or your fingertips to make it even.
Next, prepare the filling. To make the filling, mix egg, sugar, Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and vanilla extract with a whisk or handheld electric mixer. Now add flour to the mixer and keep stirring until it gets smooth. Evenly pour it and fill the prepared crust with the filling.
Lastly, scrape the strawberry mixture over the crust evenly. Bake it for about one hour or more. Then over the strawberry layer, sprinkle the remaining crust mixture. Give it at least two hours to cool before cutting it into pieces and serving them.
SHOULD I USE FRESH OR FROZEN STRAWBERRIES FOR BARS
It is entirely up to you whether you want to make the bars with fresh or frozen strawberries, as both can be used. Frozen ones are less expensive and can be found all year-round. Besides, they are also juicier. That is why many people prefer frozen strawberries over fresh ones for making strawberry lemonade bars.
You can use flour to the strawberry layer to firm it up. However, if you are only using fresh ones in your baking, there is no need to do that. The amount of time you will need to bake will depend much on whether your berries are fresh or frozen, as well as how juicy they are.
HOW TO STORE STRAWBERRY BARS
If you want to keep the strawberry lemon bars at room temperature, make sure to preserve them in an airtight container. This will let you enjoy the bars for a week.
If you preserve it in the fridge, it will keep up for 10 days. Many people prefer chilled pies and find them delicious. So they preserve it in the fridge. However, if you want to keep the bars fresh for a long time, freezing them is the ideal option as this keeps the strawberry lemon bars consumable for 6 months.