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Category: Desserts

Lemon curd-pecan bars

Lemon curd-pecan bars
Kirk Mckoy / Los Angeles Times

Apparently I was born without the chocolate gene. If anyone is promising decadence for dessert, I would prefer death by citrus. Lemon or lime will do, as long as it comes in an absurdly rich and buttery form, preferably with ... Read more

Total time: 1 hour | Serves 16
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into thin slices
  • About 1 1/2 cups cold lemon curd

Step 1Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9-inch-square metal baking pan.

Step 2Stir together the flour, sugar, salt and pecans in a bowl. Using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in the butter until the mixture forms coarse crumbs and clings together.

Step 3Pat 2/3 of the dough evenly in the pan, pressing about 1/2 inch up the sides. Spread the lemon curd over the crust, not quite to the edges. Crumble the remaining pecan dough evenly over top. Bake until the crust is lightly browned on top and bottom, 50 to 55 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool completely before cutting into squares.

Each serving:
225 calories; 76 mg. sodium; 80 mg. cholesterol; 14 grams fat; 7 grams saturated fat; 23 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams protein; 1 gram fiber.
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