Lemon Ice Cream Bars

What a great recipe for Spring and Summer. While waiting in the salon with dye all over my head, I began to leaf through magazines that the owner brings to the shop. I took pics of this one and one that I will post tomorrow: Donut Tiramisu. Can’t wait to make that one either. I have recipes for bread pudding made with donuts (thank you very much Paula Deen) but had never heard of this one so will be anxious to get to donut shop and buy the necessary donuts to make that one next week.

In the meantime, will be making these, as lemon just screams, “SPRING”. So we are off to a great start to a most beautiful time of year; except all the green junk that is all over our driveway, sidewalk and porch.

For the lemon Curd:

6 large egg yolks

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup fresh lemon juice

12 tables unsalted butter

1/2 teas grated lemon zest.

Or if you are in a springtime lazy mode, buy the lemon curd already made.

For the Bars:

2 (5-6 oz) boxes shortbread cookies,

3 tables unsalted butter, melted

1/2 teas grated lemon zest

2 pints vanilla ice cream, slightly soft

Powdered sugar for dusting

Make the lemon curd: Combine the egg yolks, sugar and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat; cook, whisking until the mixture begins to thicken, about 8 minutes. Stir in the butter, 1 chunk at a time, with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring until thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, about 7 more minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and salt. Pour into a bowl that will sit on top of a large bowl, which you will fill halfway with ice. Set the bowl of curd on the ice and let cool completely, stirring occasionally.

Make the bars:

Coat an 8″ square baking dish with cooking spray and line with foil, leaving an overhang on 2 sides. Pulse the cookies in a food processor until finely crushed. Slowly add the melted butter and lemon zest and pulse until  the mixture starts coming together..

Transfer the crumb mixture to the prepared baking dish and press firmly into the bottom. Spread the ice cream over the crumb mixture with a rubber spatula; spread the lemon curd on top. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

When ready to serve, lift out of the pan using the overhanging foil. Cut into pieces and dust with a little powdered sugar. Makes

about 9 squares

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