Friday, March 1, 2013

Lemon Cheesecake Bars

Ingredients:
· Butter, for greasing pan
· 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
· ½ cup confectioner’s sugar
· ¾ cup unsalted butter, cut into cubes
· 4 eggs
· 1 ½ cups white sugar
· 1 Tablespoon flour
· 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
· ½ cup fresh lemon juice
· 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
· 1 cup sugar
· 2 eggs, beaten
· Confectioner’s sugar for sprinkling
· Strawberries, for garnish


Directions:
  1. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter a 9x13-inch baking dish.
  2. Whisk together 1 1/2 cup flour and confectioners' sugar in a mixing bowl. Cut in the cold butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press the crumbs into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared baking dish to form a crust.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside.
  4. Whisk together 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon flour, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a bowl. Pour lemon mixture into the prepared crust. Skim off any bubbles from the surface of the filling. 
  5. Mix the cream cheese and 1 cup sugar in a bowl until well blended. Whisk in 2 eggs, and then spread over the lemon mixture. The mixtures will separate during baking.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until the filling is set, about 30 minutes.
  7. While still warm, sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar.
  8. Once cooled, cut into squares. Top each square with a fresh strawberry.

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