A tangy, decadent bar that makes use of a traditional wintertime fruit. You cannot make too many of these. They will keep for several days packed in a single layer in an airtight container.
This recipe has been a festive favorite of Folk School students as dining hall chefs served them over the years.
Preheat oven to 350°
Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper.
Begin by making the shortbread base. Cream together in a mixing bowl:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for about 15–20 minutes or just until browning slightly around the edges. Allow to cool while you prepare the lemon curd filling.
In the same mixing bowl you used for the base (no need to wash it) mix with electric beater until very creamy:
1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
Stir into this mixture:
juice and zest of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
Pour filling onto baked crust and put back into the oven for another 15–20 minutes or until curd has set.
Allow to cool completely before dusting with additional confectioner’s sugar and cutting into squares.
Recipe from The Folk School Cookbook by Nanette Davidson; Photo by Keather Gougler
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