Lemon Raspberry Bars

Lemon Raspberry Bars

Ingredients

  • CRUST:
  • 5 ounces Earth Balance Soy Free Spread, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon caster sugar (very fine sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla paste
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch plus 1 tablespoon
  • LEMON FILLING:
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice, about 12 lemons
  • 6 large eggs
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 cups caster sugar
  • 4 ounces Earth Balance Soy Free Spread, in chunks, room temperature
  • RASPBERRY FILLING:
  • 3 pints fresh raspberries
  • 4 tablespoons simple syrup (see recipe in my Blueberry Mojito 8/11/12)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon arrowroot
  • 1/4 cup water plus 1 1/2 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 teaspoon unflavored gelatin

Directions:

*Crust and Fillings can be made up to 2 days in advance

  • Put the soy free spread and sugar in a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment or a handheld mixer, mix on low speed just to combine.
  • Increase the speed to medium high and beat for 3 minutes, until the mixture is light, and creamy, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula as necessary. Add the vanilla. Add the flour, a 1/4 cup at a time, just until fully incorporated. Do not over mix.
  • The dough should not form into a ball, but it should hold together if you squeeze it in your hands.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  • Transfer the dough to a half sheet pan (about 12×16 inches) lined with parchment paper.
  • Pat it down into the sheet pan just enough so that it is somewhat leveled.
  • Wrap the baking sheet in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes, or up to 2 days if making ahead.
  • Once chilled, take out and gently pat down while spreading the dough evenly until it is fully spread out. Dough should be about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Refrigerate for 5 minutes.
  • Bake the crust until golden brown, 15-20 minutes, rotating the pan halfway for even browning.
  • Let it cool (in the baking sheet) to room temperature.
  • Meanwhile, for the lemon filling. Combine the lemon juice, eggs, yolks, soy free spread, and sugar in a glass bowl over a saucepan with simmering (low boil) water.
  • The bowl should not touch the simmering water, otherwise it will curdle, and whisk for 5 minutes using one whisk of an electric mixer. It will appear very foamy and slightly thick.Take off the heat.
  • Remove water from the saucepan, dry out the saucepan and transfer the egg mixture into the sauce pan with a rubber spatula.
  • Continue to whisk with the electric mixer for a few more minutes, or until thick and has reached 170 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
  • Pour into a bowl, cool slightly then chill for 2 hours, or overnight.
  • For the raspberry filling; in a small saucepan on medium high heat, combine simple syrup, raspberries, 1/4 cup water (remaining water is for arrowroot), and caster sugar.
  • Whisk until it comes to a boil. About 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile combine arrowroot and 1 1/2 teaspoon water in a small bowl.
  • When the raspberries come to a full boil, whisk in the arrowroot mixture.
  • Add gelatin, continue to whisk for another minute, then reduce to medium until reduced about an inch. Approximately, 10-15 minutes.
  • Transfer to a bowl, let it cool to room temperature, then chill in refrigerator for 2 hours. The chilling will thicken the fruit mixture.
  • When fillings have been completely chilled, they are ready to assemble.
  • With a large thin frosting spatula spread out the lemon curd evenly across the crust.
  • Then spread raspberry mixture evenly over lemon curd.
  • Chill in the freezer for 2 hours before serving. If making this recipe a couple of days ahead, thaw from the freezer 1 hour before serving. Serve cold.

Yield:
Serves 12 medium bars or 9 large bars
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