[googleplusauthor]Tangy Norwegian Lemon Bars
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 11/4 teaspoons baking powder
4 packets sugar substitute or 3 tablespoons granulated fructose
(optional) 1/2 cup melted margarine or butter
7 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups warm water 3 egg yolks, well beaten
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
12 packets sugar substitute or 1/2 cup granulated fructose 1 teaspoon thinly sliced and snipped or grated lemon zest 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 lemon for slicing
Preheat oven to 350°. Set aside a 7 x 11 x 2-inch ovenproof glass or ceramic baking dish.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and sugar substitute. If you don’t want a sweet crust, omit the sweetener. (I prefer it sweetened.) Add the melted margarine to the dry ingredients and mix together by hand. If a little more liquid is needed to form the dough into a ball, add just enough water to hold it together.
Using your fingers, pat and spread dough to cover bottom and sides of baking dish. Bake for 20 to 35 minutes, checking frequently for doneness. When it starts to brown and feels firmly baked to the touch, remove from oven. Cool completely before adding the filling.
For filling, place cornstarch in a 3-cup saucepan and add just enough cold water to mix together until smooth. Add warm water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick and clear. Remove from heat
and cool slightly. Stir half of mixture into beaten egg yolks, mix, and add to the saucepan. Cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Stir in margarine, remove from heat, and add sugar substitute, zest, and juice. Stir until smooth. While hot, taste for sweetness. It should be just right, but if you like, you can add a little more sweetener or lemon juice or both. Don’t add too much, though—filling should not be thin. It should be like thick pudding.
Cool slightly and pour into baked shell. Before serving, slice 1 lemon very thin, remove seeds, and arrange halved lemon slices in rows on top of filling. Make sure you eat the lemon slice with the bar. This one is a real treat for lemon lovers!
Makes 16 servings.
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