These delightful Lemon Almond Crumb Bars have just the right amount of sweetness combined with a hint of ginger and an almond crumb topping. A lovely departure from traditional lemon bars!
Lemon bars have never been a favorite for me. That may seem odd to read that directly underneath a photo of lemon bars, but it’s nonetheless true. Most of the ones I’ve tried have been a bit too sweet and lemon-y for me.
I should qualify all of that by saying that my tastes have changed a bit over the years. I used to shun most citrus desserts, but I’ve come to like them far more. While on a first pass I may choose a chocolate or peanut butter dessert, I have now met these wonderfully delicious Lemon Almond Crumb Bars, and I would gladly take one of these for dessert any time I can!
So, what makes these different? It’s the whole package, really, but we’ll start with the crust. It’s a pretty standard buttery crust, but a bit of lemon zest adds a bright flavor to it.
The filling is more or less what you’d expect from lemon bars, but with the addition of crystallized ginger. I am a big believer in the power of lemon plus ginger. The ginger emphasizes the wonderful flavor of an already delicious filling and adds just a little extra zing that balances the sweetness of the filling.
Finally, instead of the standard dusting of confectioners’ sugar, these lemon bars have an almond crumb topping to make them even more irresistible.
These bars are such a lovely way to usher in spring. Their bright flavor is just perfect for the promise of warmer, brighter days!
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