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Lemon Bars

Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 30 mins Cook Time 45 mins Rest Time 2 hrs Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 16
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Ingredients

CRUST:

FILLING:

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
    1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Make foil sling for 9-inch square baking pan by folding 2 long sheets of aluminum foil so each is 9 inches wide.  Lay sheets of foil in pan perpendicular to each other, with the extra foil hanging over edges of pan.  Push foil into corners and up sides of pan, smoothing foil flush to pan.  Grease foil.
  2. For the crust:
    1. Process flour, sugar, and salt in food processor until combined, about 3 seconds.
    2. Sprinkle butter over top and pulse until mixture  resembles corn meal, about 8 pulses.
    3. Sprinkle mixture into prepared pan and press firmly into even layer.
    4. Bake until crust begins to brown, about 20 minutes.  (Crust must be hot when filling is added!)
  3. For the filling:
    1. Meanwhile, whisk eggs and yolks together in medium saucepan.  
    2. Whisk in granulated sugar until combined, then whisk in lemon zest and lemon juice and salt.
    3. Add butter and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until butter is melted and mixture thickens slightly and registers 170 degrees, about 5 minutes.
  4. To assemble:
    1.  Immediately strain mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into bowl and stir in cream.  
    2. Pour warm lemon curd evenly over hot crust.
    3. Bake until filling is shiny and opaque and center jiggles slightly when shaken, about 10-15 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.
    4. Let bars cool completely in pan on wire rack, about 2 hours.
    5. Using foil overhang, remove bars from pan.
    6. Cut into squares and dust with confectioners' sugar before serving.  (Bars can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.)
Keywords: dessert, marie, lemon
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