Lemon is, by far, my favorite dessert ingredient. Gingerbread is a close second. Today they had a baby. A sweet, tart, complex baby with an attitude. This baby takes a little work to make, but it is oh so worth it. I’ve adapted this recipe from the Baked, New Frontiers in Baking – one of my favorites.
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (~15 full crackers)
1 tbs molasses
1/2 cup butter
1 tbs ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp cardamom
2 tbs brown sugar
11 egg yolks
1 3/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup plus 2 tbs fresh lemon juice (5-6 lemons)
4 tbs lemon zest (~ 5 lemons)
3/4 cup room temperature butter
1/3 cup heavy cream
Make the crust
- Thoroughly coat a 9″x13″ pan with non-stick cooking spray.
- Mix ginger, cinnamon, allspice and cardamom in a small bowl. Add graham cracker crumbs and mix with a fork to distribute. Add brown sugar and mix again.
- Melt butter in microwave in a heat-proof container, add molasses and stir vigorously.
- Drizzle the butter molasses mixture over the graham cracker goodness and stir thoroughly with a fork.
- Press crust into an even layer along the bottom of the pan and up the sides by 3/4 of an inch.
- Refrigerate for 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Bake for 12 minutes, or until toasty brown. Let cool on a wire rack.
Make the Lemon Curd
- Turn oven up to 325 degrees.
- Whisk egg yolks, eggs, sugar and lemon zest and juice in a pot until combined. Whisk constantly over medium heat until the curd hits 180 degrees, 10-15 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the stove and whisk in cream and butter until completely incorporated.
- Use a rubber spatula to press the curd through a mesh strainer directly into the crust. Tap on counter or use spatula to smooth filling into an even layer.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until the filling has just set. Let cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Cover with plastic wrap (make sure the wrap doesn’t touch the surface of the curd). and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- Cut and enjoy!
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