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Lemon Bars with Lemon Curd

These lemon bars with lemon curd are delicious with tangy lemon curd and crunchy crust!

Course Bars
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 16 bars
Calories 172 kcal
Author www.pastryandbeyond.com

Ingredients

Crust

  • 175 g ( 1 cup and 1/4 cup) all-purpose flour (dip and sweep)*
  • 95 g (1/2 cup minus 2 teaspoons) granulated sugar
  • 115 g (1/2 stick) butter, cut into cubes , room temperature

Lemon Filling

  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 120 g (1/2 cup and 1 tablespoon) granulated sugar
  • 80 ml/g lemon juice
  • 4 g (2 teaspoons) lemon zest
  • 30 g (2 teaspoons) butter, melted and cooled
  • 10 g (1 tablespoon) all-purpose flour
  • Powdered sugar for coating the bars

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F(177C°). Grease 8 inch (20cm) square oven-proof dish and line the bottom and sides with parchment paper, about 2 inches(5 cm) of overhang on each side.

  2. Crust: Mix the flour and sugar in a medium bowl. Add in the cubed butters and cut butter into flour mixture with a fork. Alternatively, you can rub the butter and flour mixture with your fingertips. The mixture will look like breadcrumbs.
  3. Spread the mixture into the oven proof dish with your hand. You can use back of a spoon to spread it evenly. You should lightly flour the spoon to avoid it sticking to the flour-butter mixture. Bake almost 25 minutes until it is golden brown. For a soft crust: Bake for 20 minutes or until it lightly changes color.

  4. Filling: Mix the lemon zest and sugar in a bowl with a fork or rub with your fingertips to increase the lemon flavor. Add in the eggs and whisk for almost 30 seconds until combined well. Then add the cooled melted butter, lemon juice and mix. Add the flour until combined well.

  5. After 25 minutes (or almost 20 minutes for a soft crust), remove the dish from the oven and add the filling. Bake for 12 minutes until the filling is set but still soft. Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool at room temperature for almost 1,5 hours. When it is cool enough, lift the paper from the sides. Cut into 9 or 16 squares.  Dust with powdered sugar.

Recipe Notes

*You can click here for dip and sweep method if you use cup measurements.