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Valentines Day Lemon Bars With Berry Sauce

Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 16 bars
Author: Mirlandra Neuneker

Ingredients

For the Crust

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups salted butter - softened
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar

For the Berry Sauce

  • 2/3 cup strawberries - fresh or thawed from frozen
  • 2/3 cup raspberries - fresh or thawed from frozen
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp . Ball Instant Pectin Powder

For the Filling

  • 4 eggs
  • 4 Tbsp . lemon juice - you will need about 4 medium sized lemons total
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 Tbsp . flour
  • 1 tsp . baking powder

For the Glaze

  • 2/3 cup salted butter - melted
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp . lemon juice

Instructions

To Make the Crust

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, butter and powdered sugar. Use hands to knead the dough until a sticky, crumbly dough forms. Use your fingers or a fork to press the dough into a 13x9 pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until the edges are just starting to brown a little bit.
  • While the crust is baking make the berry sauce and squeeze the lemon juice for the filling.

To Make the Berry Sauce

  • In a medium mixing bowl, mash fruit with a fork or potato masher until it is well smashed and still moderately chunky.
  • Add sugar and pectin to the fruit. Stir for 3 minutes.
  • Refrigerate the sauce until the bars are ready to serve.

To Make the Filling

  • When the crust is done, leave the oven set to 350 F for the filling.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk the eggs until they are slightly lighter in color.
  • Add the lemon Juice, sugar, flour and baking powder. Whisk until no lumps remain. Pour over hot crust and bake for 25-30 minutes until filling is set.

To make the Glaze

  • When the bars are done baking, make the glaze. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, powdered sugar and lemon juice until no lumps remain. Drizzle over the hot bars trying to cover the entire top. Using something to spread the glaze may damage the delicate tops of the bars.
  • Allow bars to cool fully and serve with the Berry Sauce.
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