Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lemon Curd Cheesecake Bars and a Visit

My friend, Barbara D., came to town last week.  We've visited back and forth since living in Charleston, S.C. when our sons met in second grade.  The boys were friends for many years but drifted apart as both families moved to different parts of the country.  Barbara and I, however, have remained resolute in keeping in touch and in having a summer visit.  We switch off being the hostess and never skip a beat in picking up where we left off the previous year.



Barbara and her ever-present smile.


We checked out Old Green Shutters on Main St.
Then headed next door for


lunch at Twelve Islands.



It was a beautiful day.


We sipped wine on the porch.


After dinner, we had coffee and The Baker's lemon curd cheesecake bars.
I can usually pass up cheesecake.  Not these bars, however.  From the shortbread-like crust to the delicious pockets of lemon curd, it is the best I've ever tasted.
His recipe is a clipping from the Chicago Tribune and the date is missing.  We've had it a number of times so it has been around for awhile.  

Give it a try!

Lemon Curd Cheesecake Bars 


Crust:


1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 stick salted butter cut into eight pieces and chilled

Filling:


1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 cup cold water
2 large egg yolks
1 3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 1/4 pounds cream cheese at room temp.
2 Tbsp flour
3 large eggs at room temp.
1/4 cup sour cream at room temp.
1 tsp vanilla

Crust:


Heat oven to 325.  Butter a 9" square pan.  Pulse the flour, sugar and lemon zest a few times in a food processor.  Add butter and pulse until a soft crumbly dough forms.  Press dough evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan.  Bake until golden brown--about 20 minutes.  Set aside to cool.

Filling:


Dissolve the cornstarch in the cold water.  Whisk the yolks with 3/4 cup of the sugar and the lemon juice in a small saucepan.  Whisk in the cornstarch mixture.  Cook over medium heat, whisking, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot--3 to 4 minutes.  Raise the heat to medium-high and heat to a boil, whisking constantly.  Cook until mixture is thick and glossy--about one minute.  Strain into a bowl.  Stir in the lemon zest.  Cool.

Beat the cream cheese with the remaining cup of sugar with an electric mixer until smooth.  Beat in the flour until blended.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat until the batter is smooth.  Pour the batter over the cooled crust and smooth out.

Place the lemon mixture in large dollops over the cream cheese mixture and, using a knife, carefully swirl it into the batter.  Don't overdo this as you don't want the lemon mixture to incorporate into the cheese mixture but, rather, to form large pockets of lemon-curd deliciousness.

Bake until golden around the edges and just set.  Immediately run a knife around the edges and set aside to cool in the pan for about an hour.  Refrigerate to chill completely.

ENJOY!

28 comments:

  1. How fun to visit with old friends. It's nice that you've kept in touch, so many of us don't.

    Love the idea of your lemon curd bars as dessert after a leisurely lunch downtown. A great way to end a great day.
    Sam

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  2. What a great way to spend time with a good friend. Awesome! The lemon cheesecake bars, they rock too.

    Velva

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  3. It is so good to keep up with old friends, that can be hard to do. The bars look divine!!!! What is the Green shutter place, a repair store?

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  4. Those cheesecake bars look and sound divine! Thank you for sharing the recipe! Everyone needs friends like that, where we can pick up right where we left off, never skipping a beat. Kindred spirits!
    Have a great day!!
    XO Kris
    PS fingers crossed for your tomatoes to hurry up and repen!!!

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  5. i love seeing old friends and of course also LOVE eating lemon cheesecake bars or anything with lemon in it. i would also like to visit Old green shutters.

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  6. Oh, my is all I can say about that recipe. It is so easy to lose touch and so wonderful when you don't. Beautiful picture for you header!

    Carol

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  7. Sounds like you had a great time. The dessert sounds wonderful.

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  8. Cute cute personal post..She set the tone right away:)

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  9. Bonnie,
    What a wonderful visit you had with your old friend! Isn't it nice to be able to pick up where you left off?
    The lemon cheese cake bars look too good to pass up. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

    ♥charlotte

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  10. There's nothing like kindred spirits! Good friends like her are a treasure!

    The recipe looks delicious, thank you for sharing! Have a wonderful week!

    Mary

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  11. What a joy to reunite with old friends and take up like yesterday. And it's so nice you are faithful to your tradition of getting together! And we get the benefit of the cheesecake bar recipe which looks very tempting to try!

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  12. Sounds like you had a fun visit! The cheesecake bars look amazing! Your hubby sure did find some great recipes in the paper:@)

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  13. I will pass this on to my husband, who makes most of the desserts at our house. So glad your sweet friend was able to come for a summer visit.

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  14. Bonnie, It sounds like a wonderful time. Oh, I am crazy about lemon. I just picked up a recipe for lemon curd while in San Francisco. I am anxious to try making it. Bonnie

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  15. Love all with lemon curd!!
    What nice the visit of your friend!

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  16. There is nothing like getting together with an old friend. It's so easy to lose touch over the years. I couldn't pass up those cheesecake bars either, Bonnie.

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  17. It's so special that you and your friend have kept in touch all these years. Friends like that are something special! Those lemon bars are special as well- they're gorgeous! :)

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  18. what! Why have i never had these before. Love the idea! Cheesecake, lemon, curd- what is not to love

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  19. I know you and your friend, Barbara, had a wonderful visit!! This Lemon Curd Cheesecake bar looks heavenly!! Thank you for sharing! blessings ~ tanna

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  20. Sounds like a great way to spend time with a friend.
    I"m sure the two of you had a great visit!

    Melinda

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  21. What a great day you had with your good friend! These lemon cheesecake bars sound fabulous. I love the sound of the shortbread like crust!

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  22. Looks like you had a lot of friend with Barbara!
    Anything with lemon curd is a delight, but along with cheesecake in a bar...perfection.

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  23. These sound amazingly good. Ilove cheesecake and I love lemon. I am in paradise. Have a great visit with your friend. Hugs and blessings...Mary

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  24. I can never pass up cheesecake (or creme brulee) and I love anything lemon. I would love these . . . and I'm definitely saving the recipe.

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  25. Sounds like a nice visit on a beautiful day! I usually pass on cheesecake too, but I would have a hard time with these. I love lemon curd!

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  26. My husband would love the cheese cake bars. He is a lemon lover :)

    We ended up going to Bay Wolf for his birthday, and Chez Panisse for our anniversary. Bay Wolf is in Piedmont (Oakland Hills) It has been around for 30 years, and was THE place to go for a long time,but we could never really afford to go. Then time marched on, and no one really ever talked about the place anymore. We decided to give it a try. It was OK. The decor is a bit dated, and there were a couple of odd things in our dishes. It doesn't come close to Chez Panisse , that is for sure!

    I decided not to do a post on it, because of it being so, so.

    Elizabeth

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  27. Looks like a LOVELY visit!
    xo, Cheryl

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  28. Such a sweet post. I love reading about ole friends keeping in touch.
    I cherish my friends that I have known for ever and enjoy their visits so much.
    What a wonderful day the two of you had.
    This cheesecake bar looks so delicious. Of course I may have to try it
    Love ya
    Maggie

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