Kamilah Taylor
I know, I've been in a crazy baking mood. The problem is that I go online and see these yummy recipes and then I start craving the end product. That's how I ended up baking lemon bars for our movie night (2010: The Year We Make Contact).

So the key to good lemon bars is apparently the lemons. You should use freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest. Lemon zest is from the outer skin of the lemon. You get it from using a lemon zester, or if you're a poor grad student like me, from using a grater and grating the outer skin. Make sure you don't get the inner white rind, it's very bitter, and zest the lemons before squeezing them.

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The weird thing about lemon bars is that the layers switch places! You do the shortbread-like crust (butter, powdered sugar, flour, salt) and bake it for 20 minutes. Then you pour the lemon filling (lemon juice, lemon zest, egg, sugar) onto the lightly baked crust, put it in the oven for 20 minutes, and they switch places!

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It's like magic! Finally, right before serving, I dusted powdered sugar.

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So how did they go over? Lets just say that what you see below is all that was left.

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Side note: The jury is out on 2010. I know 2001 is supposed to be a masterpiece, but I very nearly gave up watching the movie 3 times, and stopped paying attention once the psychedelic colours and the space baby appeared. They definitely paced 2010 better, but it mostly felt like it was there to explain all the loose ends in 2001, including the space baby! We actually cheered when it made an appearance in the film. Also, the various anachronistic elements (Soviet Union, Cold War, Pan Am, Advanced Space Travel) make for a good laugh.
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