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Simple Lemon Bars | RecipeTin Eats

With a shortbread base and lemon curd topping that’s tart and not-too-sweet, these Lemon Bars are very easy to make. Tastes like a Lemon Tart – however a lot extra simple!

Easy Lemon Bars photo

Lemon Bars

These Lemon Bars are like a less complicated type of Lemon Tart which is made with a shortcrust pastry that’s chilled, rolled out, blind baked then cooled earlier than full of lemon curd, then baked once more, then cooled.

Lovely. Elegant. Spectacular.

However for the times while you don’t have time for all that, Lemon Bars is what you make! It’s extremely easy: the bottom is blitzed in a meals processor, pressed in a pan, baked, then simply pour over a easy lemon curd combination and bake once more.

LOVE the lemon curd! Jammy, a bit custardy, tangy and not-too-sweet. Hits the spot!

Inside of Easy Lemon Bars
Easy Lemon Bars sliced

Substances in Lemon Bars

Right here’s what you want to make these Lemon Bars.

For the shortbread base

The identical elements I exploit in my shortbread – as a result of that’s precisely what we’re making!

Easy Lemon Bars ingredients
  • Flour – Simply common plain / all-purpose flour.

  • Rice flour – Makes the shortbread extra crumbly. I don’t use it in my basic shortbread cookie recipe as a result of it doesn’t enhance the tip consequence (because of the explicit technique I exploit). However for the short ‘n simple meals processor blitzing technique used on this recipe, it helps maintain the shortbread base “quick” (ie crumbly), the signature texture everyone knows and love about shortbread.

    Substitute with cornflour / cornstarch which yields a really related consequence, and even bizarre flour will work positive (the bottom is not going to be fairly as crumbly like shortbread, it’s extra like a vanilla cookie).

  • Butter – Chilly, unsalted, lower into cubes to blitz into sand with the flour.

  • Icing sugar / powdered sugar – The positive grains are required to make tender, crumbly, melt-in-your-mouth shortbread. Common sugar makes more durable shortbread – that’s not what we wish! 🙂

  • Pinch of salt brings out the opposite flavours. Commonplace apply in candy baking – doesn’t make it style salty.

Lemon curd filling

In my “correct” Lemon Tart, I ask you to separate eggs and use further egg yolks for the lemon curd. Not in the present day! Sticking with complete eggs.

Easy Lemon Bars ingredients
  • Eggs – 3 massive ones, that are 55 – 60g / 2 oz every, bought in cartons labelled “massive eggs”. No must convey them to room temperature (which I normally name for in baking recipes!). The eggs set the lemon curd when baked.

  • Caster sugar / tremendous positive sugar in case you’ve acquired it, as a result of the finer grains ensures it dissolves into the curd extra simply. Nonetheless, common sugar (granulated sugar) is okay too.

  • Flour – Only a bit helps to make sure the curd units correctly. We don’t use flour within the Lemon Tart filling as a result of it’s made “correctly”. However in the present day, we’re going simple!

  • Contemporary lemon! We’re utilizing the zest and juice in the present day. Zest for lovely lemon flavour, and the juice for tang!

Making lemon bars

Promised simple, and simple it’s! Right here’s easy methods to make this lemon bars:


In my pre-appliance days (learn: once I was a poor uni scholar), I used to make shortbread utilizing my fingers to rub the butter into the dry elements. Today, I’m lazy and use my meals processor. Few pulses, and it’s carried out. Bonus: no worries about sizzling little fingers melting the butter!

How to make Easy Lemon Bars
  1. Blitz – Put the shortbread elements in a meals processor with the usual “S” blade. Blitz 5 to 10 occasions till it turns right into a free sandy combination.

  2. Press – Pour it right into a paper lined 20cm/8″ pan with overhang so you possibly can elevate the Lemon Bars out as soon as set. Unfold the bottom combination out then use one thing with a flat base to press it in firmly. I exploit a measuring cup.

    ⚠️ Make sure you press it firmly proper into the corners and proper as much as the wall of the pan so the lemon curd gained’t leak down the perimeters and make the bottom soggy.

How to make Easy Lemon Bars
  1. Bake for 20 minutes or till the sides are mild golden.

  2. Take away from oven and fill with curd right away. ⚠️ Don’t let it cool as the bottom will shrink, inflicting the curd to run beneath the bottom which can make it soggy. Been there, carried out that!

How to make Easy Lemon Bars
  1. Lemon curd – Whereas the bottom is within the oven, whisk the lemon curd elements collectively.

  2. Pour the filling onto the bottom.

  3. Bake for 20 minutes till the highest is about however nonetheless comfortable. There is likely to be a small crack or two on the floor, that’s fully regular and will get lined up with a dusting of icing sugar!

  4. Cool – Totally cool on the counter then refrigerate for at the very least 2 hours earlier than slicing to serve!

Non-obligatory – To make it fairly, mud with icing sugar. It can sweat, so do that simply earlier than serving.

Dusting Easy Lemon Bars with icing sugar

Eat on the go.

I like these lemon bars not solely as a result of they’re really easy to make, but in addition as a result of I’m a giant fan of baked items you possibly can eat on the transfer with one hand. Don’t get me fallacious. I gained’t flip down a giant fats slice of cake, nor can I stroll away from a freshly cooked apple crumble.

However they contain plates and cutlery. (And ice cream and cream).

Whereas lemon bars and the like? I gained’t even break stride as I swipe one once I stroll previous, then devour on the go.

Harmful. Helpful. And scrumptious.

Which additionally means it makes wonderful meals for taking to highschool bake gross sales, gatherings and morning tea at work. Simply – simple to eat. Excessive attraction issue!

– Nagi x

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Easy Lemon Bars photo

Simple Lemon Bars

Servings16 squares

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Recipe video above. Only a handful of elements is all that is required to make these contemporary bars with a gorgeous basic shortbread base topped with a lemon curd. This can be a very easy recipe, simply guarantee you do not overbake!


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F (160C fan). Spray a 20cm/8″ sq. tin with oil and line with baking/parchment paper with overhang (so it may be lifted out as soon as cooked).

  • Base – Place Shortbread Base elements in a meals processor fitted with the usual “S” blade. Pulse 5 to 10 occasions till it turns into like sand. (Or use suggestions of fingers, Be aware 2). Pour into the tin, unfold, then press firmly into the bottom, pushing it proper as much as the sides. Utilizing one thing flat to press in is useful!

  • Bake base for 20 minutes or till golden on the sides and pale golden within the center. Take away from oven. (⚠️ Be aware: do not let it cool, pour in curd instantly).

  • Lemon Curd – Whereas the bottom is baking, place Lemon Topping elements in a bowl and whisk till mixed.

  • Bake 20 minutes – Pour Lemon Curd onto base, then bake for 20 minutes till the topping is about however nonetheless comfortable.

  • Cool – Take away from then oven and funky on the counter for 1 hour, then fridge for two hours. Slice into 16 squares. Mud with icing sugar (confectionary sugar) and serve!

Recipe Notes:

1. Rice flour – Offers the bottom the normal crumbly shortbread texture. Cornflour / cornstarch can be used which provides it a barely extra “soften in your mouth” texture. Each are scrumptious!
2. Base making – For those who don’t have a meals processor, you should use your fingers to “rub” the butter into the dry elements and also you’ll find yourself with the identical crumbs that you just see within the images.
3. Storage – As soon as chilled and set, it may be saved at room temperature if it’s pretty cool in your pantry. In any other case, maintain it in your fridge however convey to room temp earlier than serving! Lasts 5 days.
4. Diet per serving i.e. 1 slice of the 16 bars this recipe makes.

Diet Data:

Serving: 55gEnergy: 186cal (9%)Carbohydrates: 30.3g (10%)Protein: 2.2g (4%)Fats: 6.8g (10%)Saturated Fats: 4g (25%)Ldl cholesterol: 50mg (17%)Sodium: 90mg (4%)Potassium: 32mg (1%)Sugar: 22.6g (25%)Vitamin A: 200IU (4%)Vitamin C: 4.1mg (5%)Calcium: 10mg (1%)Iron: 0.5mg (3%)

Initially revealed April 2016. Up to date with an improved recipe with a extra custardy lemon curd and an improved base. Plus a lot wanted glowing new images and recipe video. And who doesn’t need to see a Lifetime of Dozer replace – Then and Now??

I like bars and slices.

Simple to eat on the go!

Lifetime of Dozer

A part of the enjoyable of re-publishing previous recipes (apart from enhancing them and changing previous images) is seeing Lifetime of Dozer Then and Now.

Besides….it dawned on me that nothing has modified, apart from extra gray hairs on his face. Proof:

THEN – 2016

(The unique Lemon Bars publication date)

What I wrote in 2016: Dozer….in disbelief that none of those Lemon Bars got here his approach….

Dozer in disbelief that he didn't get to try the Lemon Bars...

Now – 2023

Dozer….in disbelief that none of those Lemon Bars got here his approach….SaveSaveSaveSave

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