6Tablespoonsunsalted butter, for the crust, at room temperature, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
1teaspoonhoney, for the crust
1/2cuphoney, for the curd
4lemons, zested and juiced
1/8teaspoonsalt, for the curd
4Tablespoonsunsalted butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
FOR THE CRUST:
Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, and heat the oven to 350 °F.
Make a foil sling for an 8-inch square baking pan by folding 2 long sheets of aluminum foil so each is 8 inches wide. Lay the sheets of foil in the pan perpendicular to each other, with extra foil hanging over edges of the pan. Push the foil into corners and up the sides of pan, smoothing foil flush to the pan.
Grease the foil with cooking spray.
Using a stand mixer fitted with paddle, mix the flour and salt for the crust on low speed until combined, about 30 seconds.
Add the butter, 1 piece at a time, and mix until only pea-size pieces remain, about 1 minute.
Add the water and honey for the crust, and continue to mix until mixture begins to clump and resembles wet sand, about 30 seconds.
Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan, and press into an even layer with the bottom of dry measuring cup.
Bake crust until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.
FOR THE LEMON CURD:
Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and yolks, honey for the curd, lemon zest and juice, and salt for the curd together in a medium saucepan until smooth.
Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula, until mixture thickens slightly and registers 165 °F, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Take the curd off the heat, and whisk in the butter until melted.
Strain the lemon curd through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, then gently stir in the cream with a rubber spatula.
Pour the warm lemon curd over the hot crust.
Bake until the filling is shiny and opaque, and center jiggles slightly when shaken, about 10 to 12 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.
Let the bars cool completely in the pan, about 2 hours.
Using the foil overhang, lift the bars from the pan, and transfer to a cutting board.
Cut into squares, and serve.
Price Per Serving
based on average national price: excludes store savings and local grocery store pricing