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Yummy Lemon Bars with Coconut

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Author: Olive
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Ingredients (click ingredient to buy it)

  • CRUST:
  • *1/2 cup 1 stick (113 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature ( I used salted)
  • 1/4 cup 25 grams confectioner's (powdered or icing) sugar
  • *1 cup 140 grams all purpose flour ( I replaced half of it with
  • 1/2 cup dessicated unsweetened coconut )
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1 cup 200 grams granulated white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • *1/3 cup 80 ml fresh lemon juice (approximately two large lemons) (I used only 1/4 cup)
  • 1 tablespoons 5 grams grated lemon zest (2 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons 25 grams all purpose flour
  • TOPPING:
  • Confectioner's powdered or icing sugar
  • Lemon Zest - The yellow outer rind of the lemon that contains the fruit's flavor and perfume.
  • TIP: Always remove the zest first before halving and squeezing the lemon. Use a fine strainer to remove the seeds and pulp from the juice.

Instructions

  • PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES F (177 DEGREES C) AND PLACE RACK IN CENTER OF OVEN. GREASE WITH BUTTER (OR USE A COOKING SPRAY) A 8 X 8 INCH (20 X 28 CM) PAN.
  • FOR CRUST: IN THE BOWL OF YOUR ELECTRIC MIXER, OR WITH A HAND MIXER, CREAM THE BUTTER AND SUGAR UNTIL LIGHT AND FLUFFY. ADD THE FLOUR AND SALT AND BEAT UNTIL THE DOUGH JUST COMES TOGETHER. PRESS INTO THE BOTTOM OF YOUR GREASED PAN AND BAKE FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES, OR UNTIL LIGHTLY BROWNED. REMOVE FROM OVEN AND PLACE ON A WIRE RACK TO COOL WHILE YOU MAKE THE FILLING.
  • FOR FILLING: IN YOUR ELECTRIC MIXER, OR WITH A HAND MIXER, BEAT THE SUGAR AND EGGS UNTIL NICE AND SMOOTH. ADD THE LEMON JUICE AND ZEST AND STIR TO COMBINE. FOLD IN THE FLOUR. POUR THE FILLING OVER THE SHORTBREAD CRUST AND BAKE FOR ABOUT 20 MINUTES, OR UNTIL THE FILLING IS SET. REMOVE FROM OVEN AND PLACE ON A WIRE RACK TO COOL.
  • TO SERVE: CUT INTO SQUARES OR TRIANGLES AND DUST WITH POWDERED SUGAR. THESE ARE BEST EATEN THE DAY THEY ARE MADE BUT CAN BE COVERED AND STORED IN THE REFRIGERATOR FOR A DAY OR TWO.
  • YIELD: 16 – 2 INCH (5 CM) SQUARES
  • NOTE: THE FILLING TOOK LONGER THAN 20 MINUTES TO BAKE, I USED DARK, COATED PAN)
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