Lemon bars stacked on a plate
Food - Drink
The Store-Bought Shortcut For Quicker Lemon Bars
Lemon bars are the perfect light and sweet dessert for summer, but they can be a bit daunting to make from scratch due to the custard-like consistency of the lemon curd.
Lemon curd can be tricky to make and requires chilling. Luckily, store-bought lemon curd works just as well as homemade versions to make delicious lemon bars.
Jarred lemon curd, preferably made with real eggs, is sold in nearly every grocery store and eliminates the time-consuming and messy process of setting up a double boiler.
Store-bought lemon curd is ideal for baking since you don’t need to worry about getting the consistency just right, but you may still need to do a little bit of doctoring.
Mixing a cornstarch slurry into the curd before baking may be necessary to help the bars set properly, or you may need to add extra sugar if the pre-made mixture is too tart.
Once you get the store-bought curd to the proper consistency, all you need to do is pour it over your favorite homemade crust and pop it back in the oven for a few minutes.