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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lemon Curd Bars

Lemon Curd Bars

1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 (10 ounce) jar lemon curd
2/3 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup toasted and chopped almonds
1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixing bowl cream the butter. Add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Mix until the mixture forms coarse crumbs
Evenly pat 2/3 of the mixture into the bottom of one 10 inch round tart pan. Be sure to push a bit of the crust up the sides to create a rim.  Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.  Crust may appear puffy, but will deflate as the crust cools. 
To the remaining 1/3 of crust mixture, add the coconut and the almonds.  Spread the lemon curd over the baked crust. *Tip: Trader Joe's has a wonderful, inexpensive lemon curd that is perfect for this dessert.  Sprinkle remaining crust/coconut mixutre over the top of the lemon curd.

Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F.  Bake bars for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.  Allow to cool, cut into 12 even pizza style slices. 

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