Lemon blueberry bars are my favorite start of summer dessert. The bright lemon curd with the cool and sweet blueberries is the perfect way to welcome warm weather, lots of sunshine and time outdoors with the family. I like to take these on family picnics and lay on the blanket soaking in the warmth after the long Utah winters.
The first time I made lemon bars was for a boy. They say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and I learned to harness that power at an early age. If I’m being honest, I was often more interested in seeing someone eat my food than I was in spending time with them. Food was the true love affair. And the boys never seemed to mind, so it was a match made in the kitchen, for sure.
Now I like to cook to make my kids happy. My youngest LOVES blueberries. His hands and face are often stained the deep purple from snacking on the frozen berries I keep for blueberry muffins or chocolate berry protein shakes. And I can’t get mad at him, because who can resist such tiny treasures? And I’d rather he eat the blueberries than some of the other stuff he could be going after. So, Saturday evening when they asked for a treat, I knew that it was time to make these bars. Baking for the kids is the best, but mostly because when it is something sweet they are more likely to come in and join in, and that is what this mom wants most.
Benjamin grated the lemon peel. Sean juice the lemons. I got to talk to them about the intricacies of pastry and teach them a little trick for softening butter on the fly. And the little noises of joy as they bit into a still warm lemon bar was music to this mom’s ears. And as we spread blankets out and looked up at the bright blue Utah sky this afternoon, I know that one day when I’m gone they’ll remember afternoons like this, and my Lemon Blueberry bars.