I’ve been sugar free for the month of January and so I haven’t had many treats in the house for kiddos. My 12 year old has been begging for dessert. Meyer Lemons are in season and opted to create a gluten free version.
If you can find Meyer Lemons I would definitely use them. I tested this recipe a few times as I so wanted a gluten free version in my repertoire. I tested a “cup for cup” Gluten free flour and just couldn’t get it right. Almond flour did the trick.
I love them cold from the fridge and dusted with powdered sugar. The kids did too.
Gluten Free Lemon Bars
FOR THE CRUST:
- 6 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter I use Kerrygold
- 2 cups Almond Flour
- 3 Tablespoons Arrowroot powder or cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 6 Tablespoons Granulated Sugar I use organic
FOR THE LEMON LAYER:
- 1 medium to large Lemon Meyer Lemon if you can find them
- 1 1/2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 1 stick Unsalted butter cut into chunks
- 4 Large Eggs
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350. Butter a 9x9 inch square baking dish and set aside. Line the pan with parchment paper, making a sling to pull out the bars once they have cooled.
In a bowl of standing mixer with the paddle attachment, add the butter, sugar. Beat until light and fluffy.
In a separate bowl, whisk the dry ingredients. Slowly add to the butter/sugar mixture and mix until dough forms.
Press the dough evenly in prepared dish. Make sure the sides of the dough come up the sides slightly.
Bake until the dough is lightly brown, about 15 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack.
Cut the Lemon in quarter inch wheels, leaving pith and skin on. Remove any seeds. add to a food processor or vitamix (what I use).
Add the sugar. Pulse a few times and then process until smooth and liquid.
Add the cubed butter and process until smooth. It will look separated ~ don't worry.
Add the cornstarch, eggs and salt. Blend until smooth.
Pour Lemon mixture over the cooled crust. Bake until set about 35-40 minutes or until it will jiggle slightly. It will be slightly brown on top.
Allow to cool completely before slicing into squares. I like to cover and refrigerate for a couple hours. I love them cold.
Dust lightly with powdered sugar.