Lemon Bars For Lemon Lovers

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Lemony lemon bars
Lemony lemon bars

I love lemons…the look, the colour, the smell and the taste. It is such a healthy fruit too. When my daughter made her first lemon cake, I fell in love with it immediately. I thought that’s the best cake I’ve ever tasted…so moist, so tangy and so lovely smell.

Healthy and beautiful lemons
Healthy and beautiful lemons

After enjoying all the lovely Thai food lately, I thought that making a lemon dessert would just be perfect since I still have quite a lot of lemon in my kitchen left over from cooking Thai dishes and making lemon drink. I got up early in the morning to make lemon bars to bring for an outing. Wow…..I must say my whole house smelled so good. The base and the topping gave a beautiful combination of look, texture and taste. We loved it very much. Here’s my recipe to share:

Ingredients A (biscuit base)
250g butter
1/2C sugar
1/2t salt
2C flour

Baked lemon bars base
Baked lemon bars base

Put everything into a processor and process until like fine crumbs. Press it into the bottom of a paper-lined baking tin. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes until pale colour.

Ingredients B (top portion)
1 lemon (zest and juice)
4 large eggs
1C sugar
1/2C flour
1t baking powder

Beaten lemony topping
Beaten lemony topping

Beat the lemon zest, lemon juice, eggs and sugar until light. Sieve the flour and baking powder into the egg mixture. Pour it onto the baked biscuit crust and bake at the same temperature for about 25 minutes. Wait until it has cooled down before cutting. This is a very lovely cake, full of lemony goodness. You can sprinkle some icing sugar onto these lemon bars before serving.

Beautifully baked lemon bars
Beautifully baked lemon bars

Do you love lemon? What is your favourite way to eat lemon? Do you love lemon desserts? Do you bake a lot? Please share, add and comment in the comment box below.

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Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on November 9th, 2009

I love chocolate but am quite often disappointed by chocolate desserts in restaurants. Lemon flavour puddings and cakes on the other hand tend to be more consistently good. Crisp, sharp and sweet they’re a breath of fresh air if you’ve already had a big main course!

Divina  on November 9th, 2009

I love lemon. They have a way of brightening a a dull and boring dish as well as the atmosphere. I used to take a few drops of lemon on my warm water and take it upon waking up in the morning to cleanse the bowels from the day before. But since calamansi is cheaper, I don’t buy lemons that often. I always love a good lemon tart. I love the sweet and sour taste of it. I would also love to make some preserved lemons.

Christine@Christine's Recipes  on November 9th, 2009

Love lemons very much, no matter that is used to cook savory or sweet dish. The day before yesterday, I cooked lemon pork chops. I baked lemon tarts. Lemon is very healthy fruit. Oh, I love lemon drinks too.

Mary  on November 9th, 2009

@Sarah - Thanks for sharing. I seldom take desserts in restaurant. Usually my tummy has no more space for any desserts…hehe. Besides a lot of the desserts served are just too sweet for me. I love the lemony smell after a meal if I need a dessert, just so refreshing.

@Divina - Thanks for sharing. Hope you share your preserved lemons on your blog soon. Agree with you that lemon drink is very good for health. It’s acidic but after digestion leaves an alkaline ash which neutralises the acidity of our body due to eating too much wrong food.I love calansi but they are not available here. They are so good for making dipping sauces.

@Christine - Mmmmm….lemon pork chops sound very delicious. I love lemon chicken…love the smell and taste. Quite disappointed when restaurants add colouring to it or make it too gluey. The best is still home cooked.

foodlovee  on November 9th, 2009

love the smell and taste of lemon.once made lemon agar agar nobody ate just too much lemon too sour.Love your recipe.

penny aka jeroxie  on November 9th, 2009

That looks fantastic! I must collect all the lemons from my tree and hopefully they stay fresh till my kitchen is ready for this. The aroma will fill the house! I can almost smell it now.

Mary  on November 9th, 2009

@foodlovee - oh no…my cheeks are getting cramped hearing of sour agar agar. I won’t eat that too. I always have to add more sugar and a pinch of salt to help. Maybe it’s a good one for April Fool…LOL

@Penny - You are very lucky to have a lemon tree. I hope I have many in my garden….a new dream :) I love the smell of lemons….so refreshing. Sometimes I put the skin in the car. It gives a very natural scent.

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)  on November 9th, 2009

Oh yum! I’ve always wanted to know how to make these :)

Shirley  on November 9th, 2009

I’ve promised my kids to make these. The recipe is indeed simple. I like the way you put it. In India lemon pickles are a hot favourite. We also use it in many curries and certain rice preparations for the tangy taste.

Mary  on November 9th, 2009

@Rochelle - Now you can make them. I was so glad I tried. It was simple and easy.

@Shirley - Thanks for your compliment and for sharing. I would love to try them in rice, sounds very refreshing. I hope to learn how to make lemon pickles too.

Barbara Bakes  on November 9th, 2009

I love lemon bars! This sounds like a wonderful way to use lemons!

Light Delight with TouTou  on November 9th, 2009

wowowow! so impressed ! they look perfectly baked ! I don’t have the courage yet to bake them, but thank you for the recipe - I would love to give it a shot in next few weeks!

Natasha - 5 Star Foodie  on November 10th, 2009

These look so moist and delicious, love the lemon flavor!

Mary  on November 10th, 2009

@Barbara Bakes - Thanks. I have now found more new ways to use lemons. This lemon bars are fabulous. Hope to come out with other lemon desserts soon.

@Light Delight with Tou Tou - Thanks. I have never thought it was that easy. I’m so glad that I tried. Wonderful to know you are going to try soon. I’m sure you will like it if you love lemons.

@Natasha - Thanks. Me too. I really love the lemon flavour. Now I look forward to eating them again. Have to make some lemon dessert again very soon.

cenwen  on November 10th, 2009

Ôô Wow! I did not know Lemon bars, but now that I saw your recipe and as I have all the ingredients I’ll test very soon! It seems too good! :)

Have a nice day :)


Michael Chin  on November 10th, 2009

Hi Mary, lemon taste is made for my taste buds. I just love it. I will surely try your receip this weekend ! Thank you !

Mary  on November 10th, 2009

@Cenwen - It’s really easy if you have all the ingredients. Hope you try it out soon. I’d love to hear how you get along with it. Hv a fun day…muak

@Michael - I see you are another great fan of lemons. Great to know you are going to try this weekend. I’m sure you are going to like it. It tastes so good.

kristy  on November 10th, 2009

Ooo… yum! Chinese New Year just 2 months away, have to cut down my eating habit lol! Otherwise, can not fit in my new clothings. haha… Your lemon bar just so tempting.

Anna  on November 10th, 2009

I love lemon bars but I never baked one, I should try sometime, yours looks lovely.

Danielle  on November 12th, 2009

I nevr saw a lemon bar recipe with a crust before! How bad could that be?

Mary  on November 12th, 2009

@Kristy - Now you make me very homesick. I really miss the Chinese New Year atmosphere…fire crackers, songs, all the special food and New Year visiting. If I were you I’ll buy loose clothing so that I can eat…LOL

@Anna - I think this is a good one to start. It’s my first time. I was surprised to find that it was easy. Best still, it tastes really good.

@Danielle - I’m glad I’m not alone…LOL. I’m really happy to have tried it. A nice one for parties.

bergamot  on November 14th, 2009

The lemon bars look just great.. I love a tang in my deserts so lemon are a welcome addition any day.

Mary  on November 15th, 2009

@bergamot - Thanks for visiting and leaving comments. I love lemon. I love that tangy lemon taste and smell in my food. I love it even in soups and squeezed over fried noodles….mmmm.

kesito  on April 21st, 2010

Ummmm.. me encantan los cítricos, lo anoto, tiene que estar riquísimo.

Mary  on April 21st, 2010

@Kesito - Thanks very much! :D

Melissa  on August 15th, 2010

Wow, these look really interesting - very cheesecake like.
I recently made lemon bars, the results of which can be seen on my blog at http://www.bakingmakesthingsbetter.com
I will have to give your ones a try!

Mary  on August 16th, 2010

@Melissa - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment, Melissa! :D I love your lemon bars. Looks very delicious….mmm. Let’s keep baking!

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