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Luscious Lemon Tart Bars : a weekend recipe


Yesterday the girls and I made a special treat, and I wanted to share the recipe with you today. I started by combining two different lemon bar recipes, added a few elements from my own French lemon tart recipe - and here you have the result. Creamy, citrusy delicious decadence. Perfect for a late summer party or picnic!

Luscious Lemon Tart Bars

Crust:
1 cup flour
1/3 cup powdered sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup butter

Filling:

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 heaping Tbsp. flour
pinch of salt
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 2-3 lemons)
1 tsp. lemon zest (use organic lemons!)

Preheat oven to 350º F/ 175ºC. Grease and flour an 8 inch square baking pan.

For the crust: Combine flour, sugar, salt, and butter until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Press mixture into bottom of pan as evenly as possible (you may need to dust hands with flour to do this). Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. 

Meanwhile, make the filling: Whisk together eggs, sugar, and cream. Sprinkle in flour and salt, stir well. Then add fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, mix until smooth and foamy. Pour the lemon filling on top of the crust - it's fine if the crust is still hot - and bake for 25-30 minutes or until just set. 

Remove from the oven and let cool completely before cutting into bars.* I find these are even better after chilling in the refrigerator for a few hours, so don't get too impatient. Dust with powdered sugar before serving. 

*To make sure that your bars cut easily, try this special trick: fill a heat-resistant glass with hot water, and dip your knife into the hot water before slicing. Repeat with each new cut. Your bars will look perfect!

I hope you will enjoy these as much as we did!