All You Need is Love – Day 4

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This week, I’ll be participating in the All You Need is Love Challenge, which is being hosted by Sam, Neely and Courtney. If you want to play along, click the button to link up each day.

For Valentine’s Day, I {love} to bake/cook…

The Mister always says I should make lemon bars when I ask what we should bring to a party or a pot luck. I haven’t made this recipe yet, but since lemon bars are one of his favorite desserts, I think these may be on the menu this year.

Lemon Bars
 
Makes 24 bars| Hands-On Time: 30m | Total Time: 3hr 30m 
 

Ingredients

Crust:

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces, plus more for the pan
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Filling:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with the cooking spray. Line the pan with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment, leaving an overhang on all sides; spray the parchment with the cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust: In a food processor, combine the flour, butter, granulated sugar, and salt; pulse until fine crumbs form. Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake until pale golden, 25 to 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, make the filling: In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolk, granulated sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest, flour, cream, and salt.
  4. When the crust is baked, rewhisk the lemon mixture and pour onto the hot crust. Bake until just set, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely in the pan, then refrigerate until cold, about 2 hours.
  5. Holding both sides of the paper overhang, lift the cake out of the pan, transfer to a cutting board, and cut into 24 rectangles (6 rows by 4 rows). Store the bars covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Dust with the confectioners’ sugar before serving.