As far as refreshing desserts go, lemon bars are always at the top of the list. The citrus taste is sharp and this dessert is heaven for your taste buds. The recipe is very easy and the outcome is delicious!
If you want, you can also try to replace the lemon with orange (also the zest) and you get orange bars that are a very nice dessert too. Other option is my apple pie bars that are so good!
Lemon bars are a very good choice for outside picnics, as they are moist, already cut and easy to carry in a box.
The baking of these bars is split into 2 parts: first, you bake the base alone and then add the filling on top of the baked base and continue baking.
If you need the dessert to be parve (kosher non dairy) you can switch the butter with coconut oil. Use purified coconut oil if you do not want the taste of coconut in the dessert, though it can add a tropical vibe.
If you are looking for more dessert recipes, check out my recipe index.
Here is the recipe for these easy lemon bars:
For the base:
- ½ cup soft butter OR ½ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 cup flour
For the filling:
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- Zest of one lemon
- ⅓ cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ cup powdered sugar
- In a mixing bowl, whip the butter, sugar and salt to a light and fluffy batter. Sift in the flour and mix with a spatula until dough lumps are created.
- Flatten the dough on a greased pan (9x13)
- Cool in the fridge for half an hour.
- Set the oven to 170°C / 350°F fan.
- Bake just the base for 20 minutes.
- Make the filling: whip eggs and sugar to a fluffy mixture, add lemon juice and lemon zest. Sift the flour and baking powder in and fold with a spatula.
- Pour the filling over the baked base and bake for 25 minutes.
- Cool at room temperature.
- Cut into squares and sprinkle powdered sugar on top for the garnish.
- Have a lemon bar and enjoy!