Papaya Bars

Papaya Bars

Crust:
3/4 cup AP flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons light or dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, diced 

Filling:
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 papaya puree (from a papaya that weighed: 1.5 pounds)
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons good-flavored honey (I used wildflower)  

Topping: 
Powdered sugar (optional) 

Equipment: 8 x 8 baking dish

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the baking dish by buttering it, placing a piece of parchment on the bottom of the dish and then flouring it. Set aside.

2. To the jar of a food processor, add the flour, salt and dark brown sugar. Pulse until combined. Add the cubes of butter and then pulse once more until the mixture resembles a coarse meal with a few larger chunks throughout. Transfer the butter and flour mixture to the prepared baking dish and press firmly so the layer is even. Place in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes, and until the edges are set. 

3. Meanwhile, let's make the filling! To medium bowl, add the sugar, flour and salt, and mix. Whisk in the papaya puree, eggs, lemon juice and honey. The filling should appear glossy and smooth. 

4. Pour the filling over the hot crust and transfer back to the oven for a remaining 20-25 minutes. You'll know the papaya bars are done when the filling appears set. Cool in the pan on a cooling rack until it reaches room temperature. 

5. Run a sharp knife along the sides and gently lift the parchment

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