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Lemon Bars… one of my all time favs…

December 9, 2009

I absolutely LOVE lemony desserts. When I was younger my favorite pie was lemon meringue and I used to push the meringue to the side to get to the good stuff. I’ve always loved lemon bars, and for a while (not too long ago either) I had a lemon bar rule… if I was at a restaurant or cafe that had lemon bars on the menu, I had to have one. I quit that rule because eating lemon bars on the daily is just plain bad for you but I still love them. These were super easy to make. I cheated a little because I used store bought lemon curd from TJ’s but you can easily make the lemon curd from scratch, butter, a few eggs, some sugar and lemon juice concentrate heated in a sauce pan and you’re set. I opted to delete the step to save myself time.

Here’s what you’ll need:

for the crust:

1 stick unsalted butter

1/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 teaspoon salt (or just a pinch)

for the filling:

1/4 cup confectioners sugar

2 tablespoons all- purpose flour

2 eggs (room temp)

1/2 cup lemon curd

1/2 lemon juice (I always use fresh)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment or foil for easy removal once the bars are baked. Cut the butter into pieces and melt in a saucepan over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in sugar and vanilla until well mixed, then stir in flour and salt and mix until a dough forms. Press the dough evenly into baking pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until there’s a nice golden color to the crust.

While the crust bakes, you can make your filling. In a large bowl, stir together flour and sugar. Whisk in eggs. Stir in lemon curd and lemon juice until the filling is well mixed and even in color and texture. Once the crust is cooked, reduce heat to 300 degrees. Pour filling over crust and bang out bubbles once or twice. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until filling has set. Cool in the pan. Lifting the foil or parchment, transfer to a cutting surface and cut into 1 1/2-2 inch squares.

makes about 16 bars

Enjoy!

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