lemon curd bars.
My mother came over this week and asked where all the butter went to…so let me tell you a story:Once upon a time I inherited a Meyer lemon tree.
We watered it and gave it some of our coffee grounds and sunlight and citrus food and not only did it not die…
We didn’t kill it!
So we celebrated and decided that, when life hands us lemons, we would make lemon curd bars.
You can get back to your 2012 diet tomorrow 🙂
Lemon Curd Bars
(Adapted from Joy of Cooking – makes 18 bars)
What You’ll Need:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 1/2 cups sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 cup fresh lemon juice (4-5 lemons)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325F.
In a large bowl mix together the flour and powdered sugar. Sprinkle the butter pieces over the top and, using a pastry blender or your fingers (as I did), cut in the butter until the mixture is the size of small peas.
Press the mixture into the bottom of a 13×9 inch pan and 3/4 inch up the sides to avoid any leaking during baking.
Bake until golden brown, about 25-30 minutes. See aside to cook, then reduce the oven to 300F.
Separately, whisk together the eggs and sugar until well combined. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. Sift the flour over the top and stir in until well blended. Pour the batter over the baked crust and bake until set, about 35-40 minutes. Remove the pan and cook completely before cutting into bars.
TOTAL: $3.01 (if you grow your own or butter up a friend who grows her own lemons) or $.17 per serving. Otherwise pick up a few lemons at the store and the total would be $4.99 or $.28 per serving.
Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs? Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.
253 calories per bar
9 grams of fat
3 grams protein
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