Almond Lemon Squares

Course : Bars
Serves: 16
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lemon batter-----
4 ounces butter -- (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 1/3 cups flour
1/3 cup browh sugar -- light, packed
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large egg yolks
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup lemon juice -- fresh
almond topping-----
1 1/4 cups almonds -- blanched, sliced
2 teaspoons lemon zest -- grated
2 tablespoons brown sugar -- light, packed
2 tablespoons butter

Preparation / Directions:

DESCRIPTION: A buttery base complements the crunchy almond and lemon topping in these feather-light bars. Preheat oven to 350~. Butter a 9-inch square pan. In heavy saucepan over low heat, melt butter for both topping and batter. Mix 1/2 cup of the melted butter and both sugars together. Blend in egg yolks. Stir inlemon juice and cream, mixing until thoroughly combined. Sift together flour, salt and paking powder and combine with sugar/yolk mixture. Pour batter into buttered baking pan, spread evenly with rubber spatula. Set aside. Combine almonds, brown sugar and lemon zest. Add remaining 2 TB. butter and mix well. Cover batter evenly with almond mixture. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until edges pull away from pan and toothpick inserted comes out moist with crumbs clinging to it. Don't overbake. Place on rack to cool, cut into squares. STORAGE: Airtight for one week, freeze for two month

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