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Lemon Bars

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Exclusive recipe from our Gluten-Free Gourmet Desserts Cookbook collection (pages 152-153)

Gluten-Free Lemon Bars: A tantalizing treat that rewards you with an exceptionally tangy lemon custard over a cookie bar base. 

Extraordinary Lemon Bars — delightfully rich lemon custard made with an abundance of fresh lemon!

In 2011, I used this recipe as the foundation for a delightful variation that I called a Gluten-Free Lemon-Bar Pie Recipe (on my blog). See that site for instructions for the pie crust used.

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Gluten-Free Lemon Bars
Base / Crust Ingredients
½ Cup (1 Stick) Butter
4 Ounces Cream Cheese
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Cup White Rice Flour
¼ Cup Glutinous White Rice Flour
2 Teaspoons Vanilla
Lemon Custard Ingredients
1½ Cups Sugar
4 Eggs
4 Lemons (for ¾ Cup Juice, and 1 to 2 Tablespoon grated Peel / Zest)
⅓ Cup Cornstarch
Glaze Ingredients
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
1½ Tablespoons Lemon Juice
Approximately a dozen 2½" squares.
Baker’s Tip

Bars should be covered and refrigerated — should keep approximately 5 days in this manner.

Put dough in refrigerator for 15 minutes if too sticky to work with. Or, use a piece of wax paper or parchment paper to help spread the dough.

Base Layer / Crust Directions
  1. Cream together cream cheese and butter. Add rice flours, baking powder and vanilla; mix until well blended (will start to form ball).
  2. Press mixture into the bottom of a greased 11x7x1½" Pyrex pan or similar sized pan (form crust about an inch up the sides). Bake crust at 450°F for 25 minutes or until browned.
Lemon Custard Directions
  1. With mixer, mix the eggs and sugar together on medium-high speed for about two minutes until the batter takes on a fluffy lemon-yellow appearance. Add lemon juice, lemon peel / zest, and cornstarch.
  2. Once custard ingredients are mixed together, pour filling over pastry base as soon as base is out of the oven. Lower oven temperature to 300°F and immediately place lemon bars onto middle oven rack (do not wait for oven temperature to reach 300°F). Bake for 25 minutes or until lemon filling is set.
Glaze Directions
  1. Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in a bowl; stir until smooth.
  2. Once bars are removed from oven and completely cool, apply glaze to lemon bars. A simple application device is created by placing the glaze in a sandwich bag and cutting a small piece of the corner off of bag (forming a small hole to dispense glaze through). Squeeze glaze onto lemon bars in any pattern you choose (as pictured: a crisscrossing lattice pattern).
  3. Cut into squares and serve.

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