yield 24 2-INCH BARS prep time 25 MINUTES cook time 55 MINUTES
FOR THE CRUST:
1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup ground almonds
3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
FOR THE FILLING:
4 large eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 - 3/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (1-2 large oranges)
zest of 1 large orange (about 2 tablespoons)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
confectioners’ sugar, for dusting top of bars
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a 9”x 13” baking pan. Line with parchment paper. Lightly grease paper.
To make the crust, whisk together flour, confectioners’ sugar, and almonds. Cut in butter using a pastry blender or a fork or your hands. Mix until mixture resembles loose meal and holds together when pinched.
Spread crust mixture evenly in bottom of prepared pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool slightly.
In a large mixing bowl, lightly beat eggs. Add sugar, orange zest, and orange juice, and mix well. Mix in flour and baking powder.
Pour filling mixture on top of partially baked crust. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until edges are browned and center is set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Sprinkle tops of bars with confectioners’ sugar before serving.