My former husband loved spicy food and I, being a cook professionally, came up with these sweet heat lemon bars when chipotle first became popular. He loved them as has my entire family. Keep in mind you can use more or less chipotle to suit you and your families taste. Happy Eating hope you enjoy these as much as we do.
1Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch square pan.
2Combine 2 cups flour, butter, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder in a food processor; pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press the mixture into the prepared pan.
3Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until firm and golden. Remove from oven and allow to cool at least 20 minutes in the pan.
Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
4In a small bowl, whisk together the preserves and 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder; spread over the cooled crust.
5Whip eggs with a wire whisk until foamy. Beat in sugar, lemon juice, and salt until the sugar has dissolved. Sift together 1/3 cup flour and baking powder; whisk into eggs until smooth. Pour onto the preserve-topped crust.
Bake in preheated oven an additional 40 to 50 minutes, until the center of the egg mixture has set.
6Sift together 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar with 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder, and sprinkle over hot lemon bars. Cool completely before cutting into bars.