Lemon Bars

Who doesn’t love a good lemon bar?  Honestly, anything with lemon gets me excited.  I love going to a boulangerie in Lausanne or Morgins and buying a tarte au citron.  But who can afford to spend 3 – 5 CHF every time you want a bite of delicious sweet lemon goodness?

I came across this recipe on facebook from a friend that had reposted it.  It obviously looked good, so I tried to recreate it.  Thank goodness that this one already had the conversions to grams!

 

Side Note: good luck finding flaky sea salt here in Lausanne.  If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.  I used regular large sea salt and put it into the food processor.  It sort of worked 🙂

 

I found that taking a small glass to roll the shortbread dough inside the pan works best.

Coming out of the oven to cool at room temperature, then the fridge.  Time to serve.  Delicious!

Lemon BarsLemon Bars

Recipe from NY Times Cooking

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 1 ¼ cups/155 grams all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup/50 grams granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons/25 grams confectioners’ sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 10 tablespoons/142 grams cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes

FOR THE CURD:

  • 4 to 6 lemons
  • 1 ½ cups/300 grams sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus 3 yolks
  • 1 ½ teaspoons/5 grams cornstarch
  • Pinch of fine sea salt
  • 4 tablespoons/57 grams butter
  • ¼ cup/60 milliliters fruity extra-virgin olive oil
  • Confectioners’ sugar
  • Flaky sea salt, for sprinkling

PREPARATION

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees and line a 9-by-9-inch baking pan with enough parchment to hang over two of the sides (to be used as handles later to lift the bars out of the pan).
  2. To make the shortbread base, pulse together the flour, granulated sugar, confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest and salt in a food processor, or whisk together in a large bowl. Add butter and pulse (or use two knives or your fingers) to cut the butter into the flour until a crumbly dough forms. Press dough into prepared pan and bake until shortbread is pale golden all over, 30 to 35 minutes.
  3. While the shortbread is baking, prepare the lemon curd: Grate 1/2 tablespoon zest from lemons and set aside. Squeeze lemons to yield 3/4 cup juice.
  4. In a small saucepan, whisk together lemon juice, sugar, eggs and yolks, cornstarch and fine sea salt over medium heat until boiling and thickened, 2 to 5 minutes. Make sure mixture comes to a boil or the cornstarch won’t activate. But once it boils do not cook for longer than 1 minute or you risk the curd thinning out again. Remove from heat and strain into a bowl. Whisk in butter, olive oil and lemon zest.
  5. When the shortbread is ready, take it out of the oven and carefully pour the lemon curd onto the shortbread base; return the pan to the oven. Bake until topping is just set, 10 to 15 minutes more. Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until cold before cutting into bars. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar and flaky sea salt right before serving.

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