These lemon bars are a little more crackly on the top than some recipes I’ve seen. After doing some research, I think its due to the amount of sugar used in a recipe. Personally, I like this hint of crispness on top and bottom to balance out the sweet yellow custard in the middle, so I’m keeping it.
- 2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, divided
- 3/4 cup plus 3 tbsp powdered sugar, divided
- 1 1/2 tsp salt plus more
- 1 cup (2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 to 2 tsp ice water
- 5 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp Meyer lemon zest
- 3/4 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice
- Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 9″ x 13″ baking pan and line it with parchment paper, leaving 1″ of overhang on the two long sides.
- In a food processor, pulse 2 cups flour, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, and salt. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add ice water 1 tsp at a time if mixture is too dry. Press dough into bottom of prepared pan, pressing snugly against the inside edges.
- Bake crust for 20-25 minutes, or until golden. Set pan on a wire rack to cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to 300°.
- Whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until well combined and pale in color. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice, remaining 1/4 cup flour, and a pinch of salt. Pour topping over warm crust. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until set.
- Set pan on a rack to cool. Remove squares by lifting parchment. Cut into bars. Dust with remaining 3 tbsp powdered sugar.