Layered Lemon Delight

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1 cup flour (I used light spelt)
2 tbsp powdered sugar
½ cup (1 stick) butter (add a dash of sea salt if using unsalted butter)
½ cup diced pecans

½ cup sugar
2 tsp unflavored gelatin
4 egg yolks
2/3 cup water
1/3 cup lemon juice (feel free to do ½ cup lemon and water each for a little more tartness for the lemon lovers)
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1 8oz pkg cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup whipping cream
1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

1 cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup sifted powdered sugar
3 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp unflavored gelatin
2 tbsp finely diced pecans

How to make it :

Preheat oven to 375?F.  In a mixing bowl, cream butter and 2 tbsp powdered sugar.  Thoroughly mix in the flour and chopped pecans.  Press into the bottom of a 9" square pan.  Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.  Cool completely.
Stir together ½ cup sugar and gelatin in a small saucepan.  Blend egg yolks, water and lemon juice together with a fork.  Pour the mixture into the sugar through a fine mesh strainer.  (Takes care of any curdled egg whites in your custard.)  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils.  Remove from heat and stir in lemon zest.  Set aside to cool to room temperature
In a medium mixing bowl, blend the cream cheese and the ½ cup sugar until fully blended and no sugar crystals are left, about 2-3 minutes.  Stir in the lemon zest.  Whip the ½ cup cream until soft peaks form.  Lighten the cream cheese mixture with one dollop, then fold in the rest.  Spread on top of the pecan crust with an offset spatula as flat and even as you can get it.
Pour the cooled lemon custard on top and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
In a small pan combine gelatin and lemon juice; let stand until bloomed (thick).  Place over low heat, stirring constantly, just until the gelatin dissolves.  (You can also do this in a custard cup for 10 seconds in the microwave.)  Remove from heat and cool but do not allow it to set.  In a medium bowl, whip the 1 cup cream and ¼ cup powdered sugar until slightly thickened.  While beating on low speed, gradually add in the gelatin mixture.  Whip at high speed until thick.  Don't get it too stiff or it will be difficult to spread.  Pour/spread out the cream onto the lemon layer and sprinkle with the 2 tbsp finely chopped pecans.
 Chill for at least an hour before attempting to cut into it.

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