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lemon bars

Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust

  • Author: Sylvie Taylor
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 37 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 16
  • Category: Bars & Slices


This bright Lemon Bars with Shortbread Crust recipe includes a buttery base and lemon curd topping for a great zesty treat.


Shortbread base
140 grams / 4.9 ounces butter, room temperature
200 grams / 1 1/4 cups plain flour
Lemon curd
250 grams / 1 1/4 cups superfine/caster sugar
1 tablespoon lemon zest, finely chopped
30 grams / 1/4 cup corn starch, sifted
153 grams / 2/3 cup lemon juice, fresh
80 grams / 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
200 milliliters / 1 cup - 2 tablespoons heavy cream


Shortbread base

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/350F and line a baking tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place the flour and butter into a bowl and beat on low until the mixture looks like a rough crumble and no piece of butter is larger than a pea.
  3. Spoon into your baking dish and press firmly until even.
  4. Place in the oven and bake for 12 minutes or until ever so slightly golden.
  5. Remove and allow to cool fully and lower the oven temperature to 140C/285F.

Lemon curd

  1. Place the sugar and lemon zest into a bowl and rub together to coat the zest thoroughly with sugar and draw out the oils in the peel.
  2. Toss into a small saucepan and add the corn starch and lemon juice placing on medium heat, stirring swiftly with a spatula until thickened and it has gone from looking cloudy to more transparent.
  3. Meanwhile, whisk the egg yolks and heavy cream in a separate bowl until combined.
  4. Remove from the heat and add in the egg and cream mixture, whisking swiftly to combine.
  5. Return to the heat and stir constantly until bubbling and thickened, approximately 3 minutes.
  6. Strain, if required, though not essential, on top of your shortbread base and spread out evenly.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes or until only slightly jiggly.
  8. Remove and allow to cool completely and then chill for several hours or preferably overnight.
  9. Slice into thick pieces and serve up.
  10. Sprinkle over a little confectioner's or icing sugar.
  11. Dig in!


Recipe by Roamingtaste


  • Calories: 233 calories per serve

Keywords: bars, lemon baking, lemon curd recipe