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Lemon Bars

29 de May de 2009

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Suggested soundtrack to this post:  Lemon Tree, by the Fool’s Garden *

Last post I was talking about my lonely egg yolks. I was always bumping into lemon bar recipes in the American food blogs and cookbooks, but never found the opportunity to make some.  In my quest for desserts with yolks, the blog Gas.tron.o.my appeared in a Google search. The recipe asks for seven yolks, has very pretty pictures, with a step-by-step tutorial – it couldn’t get any easier.

I halved the recipe, as I aways do when I first try a new dish, but I really should have made the whole thing – the bars were gone in no time.

Only a warning: these cookies are for the lemon lovers, who truly appreciate having goosebumps while eating something tart.

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Lemon Bars (16 squares) – from Gas.tron.o.my blog, adapted from America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

For the crust

  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened but still cool, cut into 1-inch pieces

For the lemon filling

  • 7 large egg yolks
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (4-5 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream (I totally forgot to add it, maybe it would have toned down the tartness a little)

Make the Crust

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square pan by folding two 16-inch pieces of foil lengthwise. Fit one sheet on the bottom of the pan, pushing it into the corners and up the sides (overhang will help in removal of baked bars). Fit the second sheet in the pan in the same manner, perpendicular to the first sheet. Butter or grease the sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

In a food processor, pulse the flour, the flour, confectioners’ sugar,until combined. Add the butter and process until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse meal. Transfer the mixture into the prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer over the entire pan bottom.

Bake the crust until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Let cool a little while making the filling. Don’t turn the oven off.

Make the filling

In a medium saucepan, whisk the yolks and whole eggs together. Add the granulated sugar and whisk until just combined. Add the lemon juice, zest and whisk until combined.

Cook over medium/low heat, stirring constantly with a spatula, until it’s thickened and registers 170°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 5 minutes.

Immediately pour the curd through a single-mesh stainless steel strainer set over a clean bowl. Stir in the heavy cream; pour the curd into the warm crust immediately.

Bake until the filling is shiny and opaque and the center jiggles slightly when shaken, 10 to 15 minutes.

Let cool completely on a wire rack, about 2 hours, before removing the bars from the pan using the foil and cutting into squares. Dust with confectioners’ sugar before serving.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. 29 de May de 2009 18:09

    These look terrific! I’m glad that my blog was helpful to you. Mmm, lemon bars!

  2. wickednoodle permalink
    29 de May de 2009 22:48

    Oh, I love lemon bars! This blog is going to be dangerous for me! ;-)

  3. 30 de May de 2009 3:42

    My mouth is watering!!! I love lemon bars, too!

  4. 1 de June de 2009 16:11

    Oooh they look lovely … yummy :-)! Exactly the right thing for summer :-)!! XOXO

  5. 10 de June de 2009 0:45

    But of course we’ll take a dozen. But of course!

  6. 15 de August de 2011 19:23

    Also made lemon bars. Check them out – http://teenage-baking.blogspot.com/search/label/Lemon
    BUT YOURS LOOK AMAZING! How did you get them to be so perfect?

    • thecookieshop permalink*
      16 de August de 2011 19:59

      Try this recipe, yours will look perfect too! I think all the yolks make the filling firmer, it’s super easy to cut them clean.

  7. 15 de October de 2012 17:21

    When you mention the 9 inch pan, is that for half the recipe or the full recipe since you mentioned you cut the recipe in half?

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