Saturday, 18 June 2011

Easy Peasy Lemony Squeezy: Lemon Bars

Lemons are great and refreshing, that’s why in the summer I love to bake with them.

This summer, I am addicted to lemon bars, and after trying several recipes, I think I have tweaked and re-tweaked to perfect it to my liking. Not too sweet, and the filling is not too sticky, these bars are strong on flavor. I also love making this into pie rather than squares.

Play around with the flavors and mix in some of your favorite. Add in a couple of tablespoons of shredded coconut, and add on top to the cooked pie slices some more, and you turn this into a whole different palette of flavors.

Raspberry flavored whipped cream is a real treat to top it with, rather than the traditional powdered sugar.

Here is the basic recipe.

Lemon Pie with coconut on top.



This is a basic shortbread recipe.

1 cup flour
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 stick of butter (approx 100 gms or 1/2 cup)
Pinch of salt.


3 eggs
¾ cup sugar
½ cup lemon juice OR 1 ½ tsp Lemon extract
1 Tbsp zest (optional)
3 Tbsp flour


Preheat the oven to 180°C.

First we need to prep the crust. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and add in gradually the powdered sugar and salt. Make sure they are creamed well, the butter is soft and fluffy, and then add in slowly the flour. Continue mixing until the mixture is soft and crumbly. Put the mixture into a greased pie pan or square 20 cm x 20 cm pan. Pat down until the crust is even, and make sure to push the crust up the side of the pan, to prevent the lemon mixture from sticking directly to the pan. Put in the oven for 20 mins, or until the sides start to brown lightly. It is important that the crust is cooked well, to prevent breaking and crumbling while serving.

Allow to cool while you prep the filling.

For the filling, beat the eggs and add in the sugar, lemon juice, and the flour. Beat until it’s nice and frothy. 

Pour into the pan with the baked crust.

Put in the oven for 20 – 25 mins, or until it’s is set completely. Be sure not to undercook the filling, or it will be too sticky, so make sure it isn't jiggling when you take it out.

Allow to cool, then dust with powdered sugar if desired.

What is your favorite lemon dessert?


  1. yummmiesssss
    wish there were some left :P

  2. I like Lemon Murang Pie. I will attempt to make this tempting dessert this week sometime and then I may have a new favorite:) I can't wait!

  3. HI Elijah! Let me know how it came out!

  4. Hello my fellow Serious Eaters:) Tonight I finally got to make the Lemon Bars and it turned out great! It was a great way to end a nice day. I went to the Farmers Market and bought some fruits and vegetables. I went home and grilled out. I made some Shiskabobs and for dessert I made Lemon Bars which go great with Grilling outside. It 'IS' a great summertime treat. The recipe allows you to get creative which I love; so I added raspberries and blueberries to the filing along with powdered sugar on top. It was amazing! A must try. Thanks for the Great Recipe.

  5. Elijah I am drooling right now! Glad you liked it!

  6. AMAZING BARS!!!!!

  7. Ameirah! Amazing! I tried this recipe and it was great!! I just modified something, for the crust, because I wanted it lighter and also I don't like the taste of butter, so I added less butter and added yoghurt!! it gave the same consistency! I also sprinkled grated coconut on the top! :)
    Amira Metwaly

  8. Hi Mira!

    I'm glad it was great, and very smart move with the yoghurt! I am also a coconut freak, and will add it to anything I can :)

  9. These are so incredibly yummy! My husband has a huge sweet tooth, but doesn't like chocolate (unlike me, a big-time chocoholic), and this is a dessert we both devour with equal gusto. So lemony sweet and the texture's the perfect harmony of crisp and gooey. A lovely summery treat for everyone. Thanks so much for this fantastic recipe!