Lemon Vanilla Dream Bars

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These bars a perfect combo of white chocolate and lemon. I found the recipe in a newspaper and thought it sounded delicious. I did have to go out and search for the vanilla bean paste and lemon curd but it was worth it!

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These bars are cake-like with a gooey lemon curd on top. They are sweet and kind of sour and the white chocolate base complements it’s perfectly.

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Lemon Vanilla Dream Bars
Makes 1 dozen

10 ounces white chocolate, chopped, divided (or white chocolate chips)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 cup flour, sifted
1/2 cup lemon curd (or orange marmalade or raspberry jam)

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Cover an 8×8-inch pan with foil or parchment, leaving an overhang on two sides.
2. Melt 8 ounces white chocolate and butter in a bowl set over, but not touching, simmering water; stir. Off heat, stir in sugar and salt.
3. Whisk in eggs and vanilla extract and paste. Gently fold in flour. Fold in remaining white chocolate. Spread batter in pan.
4. Dollop lemon curd on batter in 5 or 6 equal portions. With a knife, swirl curd into batter. Bake until a toothpick center comes out clean, but not dry, about 25 to 28 minutes. Let cool.
From: Shauna Server, “Pure Vanilla”

Gooey Lemon Bars

Enough rich desserts!

Citrus is the perfect summer treat.

These were easy to make and didn’t involve a mixer.  It called for fresh lemon juice and zest.


Make these!

Bars

  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons butter melted & cooled
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can 14oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Butter a 9×13″ glass baking dish.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar & salt.  Mix in the melted butter until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, lemon juice & zest until combined.  Mix into the flour mixture until combined.

Pour batter into the dish and bake for 25 minutes until just set, golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the bars cool completely in the pan before glazing.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, zest and powdered sugar for the glaze until smooth.  Pour over the cooled lemon bars and refrigerate until set.

From: beckybakes