So light and refreshing, these lemon bars make a great dessert all summer long or anytime you crave a buttery cookie crust topped with a luscious lemon cream filling
Of course there are some citrus desserts like this lemon curd tart or meyer lemon tart and let’s not forget about this lime tart but it wasn’t until recently that lemon bars landed on my to-bake list. I was skeptical at first, secretly I was mostly praying they don’t turn out that good so I can mix a batch of brownies but to my surprise they turned out amazing!
The buttery cookie crust topped with a tangy lemon filling brighten my day a few weeks ago. You’ll have to excuse the rushed photos, all I could think of was eating another one of these irresistible bars.
Making these bars is a little work, I’m not going to lie.
You start with the buttery cookie dough. As you can easily guess you’ll need butter, lot of butter, flour, sugar and an egg yolk. The same ingredients to make shortbread. But unlike shortbread where you mix the ingredients in a food processor, this time you cream the butter with the sugar, mix in the egg yolk and fold in the flour.
The dough will be soft and a little sticky, but don’t worry. With your fingers or the back of a spoon, press the dough in an even layer on a bottom on a baking pan. Refrigerate.
While the dough is chilling, it’s time to make and bake the crumble.
The crumble is a mixture of butter, sugar, honey and flour. Pulse a few times in the food processor until it resembles pea-size crumbles and spread them on a cookie sheet. Bake for few minutes.
The crumble will spread turning into a ginormous thin cookie but don’t worry. Once baked and cooled, you’ll be able to crumble it.
For the melon creme filling, please use fresh lemons. No lemon juice from a bottle or juice squeezed few days ago. The fresher the better. You want bars bursting with lemon flavor, don’t you?
The lemon filling is a little tricky. Well, not really, it’s just you need a candy thermometer. And I highly suggest you use it and not guess the temperature. Aside for fresh lemons you’ll also need eggs, sugar, butter and gelatin.
For best results you have to follow the recipe directions. They sound intimidating but if you read the entire recipe before you start you will know what step comes next.
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