Double Lemon Bar Brûlée

Double Lemon Bar Brûlée - Bruno Albouze - THE REAL DEAL

Lemon Bar Brûlée Recipe
Makes 8 Bars / Use a 9.5x6.5 inch (24x16cm) baking tray lined with greased parchment. Make a day ahead.
Sablée Crust
0.7 cup (80g) powdered sugar
0.7 cup (80g) almond meal
10 Tbsp (150g) butter, room temp
A pinch of salt
1 ea. (50g) egg
1.6 cups (210g) all-purpose flour
1 tsp (3g) baking powder
One lemon zest.

Process sugar and almond. Add zest, butter with salt and blend to cream. Add the egg, blend to smooth and add flour and baking powder – mix to combine. Wrap up and chill until firm. Pastry can last a week in the refrigerator or kept frozen for weeks. Since that less than a third of the pastry will be used, Save leftover for more pies or cookies.
Take a third of the pastry, workout to soften over a floured work surface and roll out into a thin 0.12’’/3 mm thick sheet. Lay on baking tray lined with greased parchment. Prick dough with a fork and freeze for 20 min. Trim off excess dough and refrigerate.

Double Lemon Filling
1 ea. 5 ounces (150g) lemon, preferably organic and Meyer
0.4 cup (100ml) lemon juice
3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 Tbsp (10g) corn starch
4 ea. (200g) whole eggs
1.1 sticks (125g) unsalted butter, just melted.

Prick a lemon a couple of times and boil for about 20 min. Cool, cut in half and remove the white mambrane from the center and seeds. Save flesh, rind and juice.. so, basically the whole lemon is in use. Adding a cooked lemon improves texture and flavor.
Blend eggs with sugar and starch first. Add lemon juice, cooked lemon and melted butter – blend well; set aside.
The use of a pizza stone is highly recommended when baking any crust. If not using pizza stone, prebake crust for 15 min. Preheat oven to 350ºF/180ºC. Pour lemon filling in the baking tray and bake for 35 min or until set. Cool and chill overnight. Unmold over a greased parchment. Trim off edges and cut into 8 bars; chill. Bars can be kept frozen for weeks. Right before serving, top with sugar and torch to caramelize like a creme brulee – zest some lime and serve!

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