Like last month, members of the Tuesdays with Dorie baking group are baking the two recipes chosen for January in the order they wish. I started with the lemon bars, which happen to be among my favourite desserts, along with lemon meringue pie, lemon curd by the spoonful.....
The recipe from Baking Chez Moi was quite different from most I've made with ground almonds in the shortbread crust and with part of the dough for the cookie base used as a crumble topping.
And then there was the enormous amount of butter in the curd. I couldn't bring myself to add it all and used only 43g (instead of 255g), and since I was changing the recipe, decided to try something I've wanted to do for some time, replace 1/2 the butter in the cookie dough with coconut oil to further reduce the butter flavour I'm not fond of. I made a half recipe of the dough, a full recipe of the curd but used only about 2/3 (with the rest squirrelled away for the baker to enjoy by the spoonful), and baked it in a 23cm square pan.
My cookie base was crunchy, not tender like shortbread.....because of the coconut oil? or a few minutes of over-baking? I'm not sure. Regardless, we loved them! They were a little less rich and buttery than the author intended but they were everything I love about a lemon bar plus more: tasty cookie base, bursts of zingy lemon with every bite, and the added crunch of an almond streusel topping. I'll definitely be repeating this one.
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