National Lemon Bar Day in The Villages FL

National Lemon Bar Day

National Lemon Bar Day in The Villages FL

National Lemon Bar Day takes place annually on October 15th.

The holiday was created in 2019 by Michael McCarthy after he organized a bake sale and discovered that many people had never had a lemon bar before.

Also called a lemon square, a lemon bar is a dessert bar consisting of a thin, shortbread crust and a lemon curd filling.

Though they had long since featured in community cookbooks and local newspapers, the first widely publicized lemon bar recipe was printed in the “Chicago Daily Tribune” on August 27th, 1962.

HISTORY OF NATIONAL LEMON BAR DAY

National Lemon Bar Day was founded in 2019 by Michael McCarthy. He made lemon bars for a fundraiser bake sale and was surprised to discover that many people had never had a lemon bar before. Also called a lemon square, a lemon bar is a dessert bar consisting of a thin, shortbread crust and a lemon curd filling. Though they had long since featured in community cookbooks and local newspapers, the first widely publicized lemon bar recipe was printed in the “Chicago Daily Tribune” on August 27, 1962. Submitted by Eleanore Mickelson, the recipe included in ‘Today’s $5 Favorite Recipe’ column read, “Serve these cookies with fresh fruit for dessert or with glasses of cold milk or lemonade for snacks.”

After including a list of ingredients, the column provided detailed instructions continued: “Cream butter and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy. Add one cup of flour and mix well. Spread in an ungreased pan, nine by nine by two inches. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Beat sugar into eggs gradually: Add salt and lemon juice. Add sifted baking powder and two tablespoons flour; mix thoroughly. Spread over the crust and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes longer. Cool, dust with confectioners’ sugar, and cut into squares.”

Another recipe that caught the attention of America was published in Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book in 1963. Its ingredients were nearly identical to that of Mickelson, except that it omitted flour for the curd. Today, lemon bars are a popular treat in America.

NATIONAL LEMON BAR DAY ACTIVITIES

  • Bake a lemon bar
    If you can pull it off, celebrate by making a lemon bar yourself. Try your hand at a popular recipe and enjoy it with a cool glass of milk or lemonade.
  • Share a recipe
    There are tons of easy and delicious recipes available on the internet or in cookbooks. Share a recipe you like with your family members and friends so you can all celebrate together!
  • Host a fundraiser
    Do you have a charity close to your heart? Organize a bake sale as a way to fundraise for the charity and give the proceeds to a good cause.

5 JUICY FACTS ABOUT LEMONS

  1. Lemon trees produce many lemons
    A lemon tree can produce up to 600 pounds of lemons in a year!
  2. Lemons have few seeds
    An average lemon has about eight to 10 seeds inside.
  3. Lemons act as preservatives
    If you sprinkle lemon juice on apples and avocados, it might keep them from turning brown.
  4. Lemons don’t have much juice
    An average lemon contains about three tablespoons of juice.
  5. Lemons were once used on lips
    Women used lemon juice to redden their lips during the Renaissance period.

WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL LEMON BAR DAY

  • Lemons have nutritional value
    As most people know, lemons contain high levels of vitamin C. However, these sour fruits also contain fiber and plant compounds that could lower some risk factors for heart disease.
  • Baking is encouraged
    This holiday is another opportunity to go back to the good old days of homemade desserts and food. In our days of fast food, the art of baking is becoming a lost art. Today, we get to play around with cool recipes and have fun in the kitchen.
  • Sales are boosted
    On National Lemon Bar Day, bakeries might notice a jump in their sales. And more business is always a good thing!

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