My third client found me at a local Farmer’s Market in Raleigh, NC. It was my first time at a farmers market and I had been asked to fill in with short notice. Looking back, I have to say that my display was probably the least attractive and lacked the appeal some of the other stands had. I was so excited that I ran out to the nearest store and bought a table, table cloth, and dry erase board. I already had a few trays and baskets and I borrowed a friend’s canopy as it was going to be a warm summer day. I was all set! I made scones, cookies and other easy to package items and then neatly wrapped each individual item stamping them with ingredient labels and homemade de’Lure’ Dessert stickers. I arrived at the farmers market and my husband helped me set everything up. I was so excited that I couldn’t wait for customers to start streaming in! Little did I know, a yearly art festival was going on downtown the same weekend so the farmers market saw only a few people that day. Luckily one of those few people had a special need for gluten free items.
It was nearing the end of my day at the market when a woman walked up to my table with a sort of stride that to an outside observer would have given the impression that she knew who I was. It ended up that she was a partner in the restoration of Pullen Park Café and she was looking for gluten free items. I gladly gave her samples of everything I had and as she left said she would be in touch. Only hours later as I was unpacking my things, I received an email from this very same woman. Her email came with great enthusiasm and a request to sample more items with the Pullen Park Café staff. During that meeting there was a special request for lemon bars. I accepted the request but there was one small problem…I didn’t have lemon bars or a recipe for them. I assured them I could get them something and sure enough my first attempt was a success! The first batch was exactly what I was looking for and they were also very pleased.
Since then, they have become a favorite menu item. We have even received requests for shipping. So, for those of you who have asked (you know who you are) here is the recipe so you can make them in your own kitchen! Enjoy!
- 2 cups all purpose gluten free flour mix
- 1 tsp. xanthan gum (unless your mix includes it)
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 sticks softened butter
- 4 eggs
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 5-6 tbsp lemon juice (sometimes I add zest as well)
- ¼ cup all purpose gluten free flour (sifted)
- Line a 9” x 13” pan with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350
- Cream the butter and sugar with mixer and then add the flour mixture, mixing until all ingredients come together. (This is the shortbread cookie crust)
- Press mixture into the pan and bake for 20 minutes or until slightly golden
- Mix together the remaining ingredients and pour onto the shortbread cookie crust.
- Bake another 20 minutes until set.
- Cool completely and refrigerate until cold. Cut into squares and enjoy!
HINT: I love keeping these in my freezer for a refreshing snack during the summer.