Lemon Curd Bars with Animal Cracker Crust

Lemon Curd Bars with Animal Cracker Crust

The fruit of the poor lemon may be impossible for some to eat in its truest form. But juice it, zest it, add some butter, sugar, and eggs and I’ll show you something  impossible NOT to eat. Granny’s lemon curd by itself is quite possibly the most tangy, sweet, and delicious sauce that has ever simmered on my stove top. To avoid lapping it out of the pot, I figured out how to turn the curd into lemon bars. So after much experimentation, determination, and help from our intern, I give you Granny’s Lemon Curd Bars with Animal Cracker Crust.

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Granny’s original recipe was for “lemon butter.” I expected my end product to be a lemon flavored stick of butter. So as the sauce simmered, I went from confused to concerned. I was totally bummed as I waited for the “butter” to thicken and chill. Ready to throw in my dish towel, I tried the golden buttery saucy-like not-butter. There was nothing to say. It was impossible to talk as I basically ate the entire batch.
So this post is something of a choose your own adventure story. You have two choices:
1. If you want something to eat with a spoon, drizzle on a muffin, or pancakes, or an apple, this recipe is for you. Make Granny’s original Lemon Curd recipe. You can’t possibly be disappointed.
Lemon curd from Granny's Recipe Box on a muffin
2. If you are looking for more of a dessert bar with a perfect crust to share and eat with a fork, then read on.
Lemon curd bars with animal crackers from Granny's Recipe Box Blog
By adding a few ingredients to the simmering curd, it will thicken from a sauce to a soft bar consistency when baked. The animal cracker crust is easy to make. The flavor is somewhere between a graham cracker and shortbread, and works perfectly with the tartness of the curd bars. So if you are someone who thinks that (with thanks to Will Holt) ” the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat,”  I hope that one of these recipes will change your mind.
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Granny's Original Lemon Curd

This easy lemon curd is perfect for drizzling on a cake, pancakes, a muffin, or even an apple. Or eat it with a spoon. It is just that good.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 lemons, juice and zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 c butter
Instructions
  1. Stir these together to mix well. Then cook gently, stirring constantly until it comes to a boil and thickens. Don't let it scorch on the bottom. Pour into a dish to cool.

Lemon Curd Bars with Animal Cracker Crust

Lemon curd from Granny's recipe box is delicious. But make it into a bar and bake it with an animal cracker crust for maybe the most delicious lemon dessert of all time. But don't take my word for it...

Ingredients
Lemon Curd Bars
  • 1 1/4 c sugar
  • 2 lemons, juice and zest
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 c butter
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 3 T flour
Animal Cracker Crust
  • 1 c animal cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 c melted butter
  • 2 T sugar
Instructions
  1. Prepare the crust. In a food processor, pulse animal crackers to make very fine crumbs. Put through a sieve and return pieces that don't go through back into food processor. Repeat until you have 1 cup of crumbs.

  2. Stir together animal cracker crumbs, melted butter, and sugar.

  3. Grease a 9x9 baking dish and press crumb mixture evenly into the bottom and up the sides.

  4. Bake at 350 for ten minutes while you prepare the curd.

Lemon Curd Bars
  1. Stir together lemon zest and juice, sugar, eggs, butter, baking powder, and flour in a saucepan. Heat on low and cook gently. Stir constantly until it comes to boil and thickens. Don't let it scorch on the bottom.

  2. Allow the curd to cool while the crust bakes, and allow the crust to cool too.

  3. Pour the curd into the crust and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes depending on your oven. Ours was perfect at 14 minutes.

  4. Allow to fully cool and thicken in the refrigerator for several hours. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

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