Lemon bars

by | Aug 3, 2018 | Cakes & Cookies, Pastry, Tarts | 0 comments

Lemon bars: simple recipe, fast and delicious.
A shortbread base, a lemon curd and icing sugar …. These are the Lemon bars.
On the web, there are many Lemon bars recipes, all similar, which call for flour in the lemon curd, then to pour the raw lemon curd on the baked shortbread base.
I preferred to cook the curd and pour it on the shortbread base and bake for a while it in the oven, as the traditional recipe calls.
For this hot summer, if you are looking for something fresh, greedy and fast, the Lemon bars are for you.

Lemon bars

Lemon bars

Lemon bars

Lemon bars

Lemon bars

Yield: 4

Ingredients

Shortbread

  • ¾ cup less 1 tsp (90 g) pastry flour
  • scant ½ cup (60 g) icing sugar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 4.5 tbsp (65 g) cold unsalted butter, diced

Lemon curd

  • 4 medium (80 g) egg yolks
  • 1 medium (50 g) whole egg
  • ½ cup + 2 tsp (110 g) granulated sugar
  • 5 tbsp (75 g) fresh lemon juice, sifted
  • 1 tbsp emon zest, (2 lemons)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2.5 tbsp (35 g) unsalted butter, diced
  • 1.5 tbsp (25 g) heavy cream

Extra

  • icing sugar to dust

Instructions

Shortbread

  1. Line a 7 inches (18x18 cm) square pastry ring with baking paper and set aside.
  2. Put flour, icing sugar, and salt into a food processor bowl, process to combine.
  3. Put the butter into the bowl.
  4. Process until fine crumbs formed.
  5. Pour into the prepared pan, and press to level the top, refrigerate for 30 minutes.

To bake

  1. Heat fan oven at 325F-160°C.
  2. Bake for 20 minutes, leaving the shortbread inside the mould.

Lemon curd

  1. Put egg, egg yolks, sugar, salt and lemon zest into a saucepan, whisk to combine.
  2. Put the butter into the saucepan.
  3. Place over low heat, and cook until thickened.
  4. Pass through a sieve into a jug.
  5. Pour the whipping cream into the jug.
  6. Stir to combine.
  7. Pour into the hot base.
  8. And bake for 10-15 minutes more.
  9. Let it cool completely before refrigerating.

To serve

  1. Remove the ring, sprinkle with icing sugar before cutting into pieces.

Notes

Recipe from Deliciousdays.com

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