Heavenly Lemon Squares

From a new cookbook called Sweet and Tart, that is full of great recipes! The almond shortbread like crust topped with lemon curd is beyond belief delicious!
Heavenly Lemon Squares
1 c. unsalted butter, divided in half, cut into chunks, softened
1 c. ground almond meal or finely ground almonds
3/4 c. unbleached all p flour
1/2 c. powdered sugar, plus more for dusting the top
3/4 t. kosher salt-divided 1/2 t. and 1/4 t.
4 large eggs
1 c. granulated sugar
zest of 2 lemons, plus 3/4 c.fresh lemon juice
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8″ square baking pan with parchment, letting the excess hang over the edge of the pan. (The overhang will help you lift the bars from the pan.)
Beat 1/2 cup of the butter, almond meal, flour, powdered sugar and 1/2 t. salt in a mixer bowl on medium high speed. It will be crumbly but will hold together when compressed.
Press the dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool. Leave oven on.
Whisk the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and 1/4 t. salt together in a small saucepan. Add the remaining 1/2 c. butter and cook over medium high heat, stirring gently but continuously with a heat-proof rubber spatula or wooden spoon, until the butter melts and the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spatula or registers 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer. This should take 5-10 minutes. Watch closely and don’t let the mixture boil as it will curdle. Transfer to a bowl and stir for a few minutes to cool down.
When crust is cool, spread the lemon curd over the top. Bake for 10-15 minutes. Edges of the curd will be set but the middle is still wiggly. (The bars will firm up as they chill.)
Cool completely on rack and chill, covered for at least 4 hours or overnight. Lift the bars from the pan and transfer to a cutting board. Cut the bars with a large knife, wiping the knife clean with a damp towel in between cuts. Dust with powdered sugar. Store, covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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