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Lemon Bars

A blissful dessert all on its own, these lemon bars are even better with a Lemon Curd filling.

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Lemon Bar Crust

Ingredients

  • 240 g (2 cups) plain flour
  • 290 g (1 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, divided use
  • 100 g (½ cup) caster sugar

Directions

  1. To make the crust, heat oven to 175°C (350°F).
  2. Place 160g (1¼ cups) of the flour, 115g (½ cup) of the butter and 55g (¼ cup) of the sugar into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 6.
  4. Use the On/Off switch to quickly pulse 5 times. Remove lid, scrape down the sides of the container and around the blades, then replace the lid and pulse 5 additional times.
  5. Spoon the contents of the Vitamix container into a 33 cm X 23 cm (13-inch X 9-inch) pan.
  6. Repeat the same process with the remaining flour, butter and sugar.
  7. Press the flour mixture into the pan evenly and bake for 20 minutes, until just golden brown.
  8. Place pan on a wire rack.

Lemon Curd Filling

Ingredients

  • 120 ml (½ cup) fresh lemon juice
  • 5 large eggs
  • 300 g (1½ cup) caster sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt, optional
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon zest
  • 115 g (½ cup) unsalted butter

Directions

  1. To make the filling, make one batch of Vitamix Lemon Curd (see recipe.)
  2. Add 6 Tablespoons (50g) of flour to the lemon curd. Secure the lid.
  3. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 3. Blend for 15 seconds.
  4. Pour the lemon curd filling onto the hot par-baked crust, and spread into an even layer with an offset spatula.
  5. Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 18-20 minutes or until filling is set. Remove and place on a wire rack, cooling until room temperature before refrigerating.

Chef's Notes

Sprinkle with powdered sugar if you desire.

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