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Trail Chef: Double-Lemon Bars

When life hands you a lemon, make lemon bars, then go hiking.

In dubious celebration of the rapidly approaching Tax Day (Monday, April 18, for any procrastinators), bake up these insanely good lemon-day lemon bars as a trail treat for your next hike. The sweet-and-sour combo makes your mouth water and is perfect when you’re working hard.

Lemon Bars
Recipe from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook, by Ina Garten

Ingredients

For the crust:
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For the filling:
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
3 cups granulated sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest (4 to 6 lemons)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup flour
Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. For the crust, cream the butter and sugar until light in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt, and with the mixer on low, add to the butter until just mixed. Dump the dough on to a well-floured board and gather into a ball. Flatten the dough with floured hands and press it into a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking sheet, building up a 1/2-inch edge on all sides. Chill. Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until very lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack. Leave the oven on.

For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and flour. Pour over the crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the filling is set. Let cool to room temperature. Cut into triangles and dust with confectioners’ sugar.

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