Just when I think I couldn’t possibly find another strawberry dessert recipe to share, one pops up. I’m calling this one Strawberry Lemon Shortbread Bars. It’s actually supposed to be a cake but the minute I put it in my mouth, I thought immediately that it was one of the best shortbreads I had ever tasted. (Must be the 2 sticks of butter. Ha!)
It has fresh lemon peel AND juice which makes the taste fresh and bright. I love recipes that call for lemon peel because one of my favorite things to do is zest a lemon. The scent is like no other. When it’s all mixed together, the batter is a bit stiff, but I didn’t have any trouble spreading it out to the sides of the pan. I used a 9 x 9 baking pan but if you don’t have one, just use an 8 x 8. It may take a few minutes longer to bake so just watch it towards the end.
This would be a lovely dessert to serve for a summer brunch or family dinner. I think it’s very pretty and if you garnished it with a sliced strawberry (or a slice of lemon) and a mint leaf it would definitely impress your guests! I also think you could substitute other fruits for the strawberries. Blueberries would be especially delicious.
Just a thought before I go…I’ve never considered myself an overly patriotic person. Yes…I love my country but I’ve never had to sacrifice anything for my freedom. I haven’t watched as a ship sailed out to sea with my husband on board. I haven’t had sleepless nights wondering if a loved one was alive or dead. I didn’t raise my kids alone because my spouse was serving in the military. There are people just like you and me who make sacrifices like these every day. If there are any of you out there who are possibly reading this, I’d like to say thank you. I can’t say I understand, but I am grateful. Very grateful…
Wishing you all a safe and restful Memorial Day weekend.