These delicious, lemony slices are hard to resist. With a buttery shortcrust crust and a tangy, refreshing lemon filling, lemon bars are the perfect treat for citrus lovers. The bright yellow color and the delicate balance of sweetness and acidity make them a popular dessert for any occasion. Whether you’re hosting a summer picnic or craving a burst of citrus during the cold winter months, these lemon bars will bring a touch of sunshine to your taste buds. Treat yourself to a bite of this classic dessert and let the tangy flavors transport you to a lemon lover’s paradise.
- 175g plain flour
- 50g ground rice
- 85g golden powdered sugar
- 140 g cold butter, diced
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Zest of 3 lemons plus 200 ml juice (approx. 4 lemons)
- 3 eggs
- 200g powdered sugar
- 25g flour
- Powdered sugar, for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
- Line a square, shallow baking tin with a diameter of 21 or 22 cm with baking paper.
- In a bowl, mix flour, ground rice and sugar.
- Add the butter and rub in until fine crumbs form.
- Stir in the milk with a cutlery knife.
- Pour the mixture into the baking pan lined with baking paper and press down evenly.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
- Remove the tin from the oven and reduce the temperature to 180°C/160°C fan/gas mark 4.
- Mix lemon juice and eggs in a bowl.
- Sift the mixture into another bowl and then add the sugar, flour and zest.
- Whisk the ingredients together and mix.
- Pour the lemon mixture over the baked base in the mold.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the top is just set.
- Allow the bars to cool in the tin.
- Dust the cooled bars with powdered sugar.
- Slice the lemon bars and serve.
Equipment and tools
- mixing bowl
- Whisk or electric mixer
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Baking dish or pan
- parchment paper or baking spray
- Zester or grater
- Sieve or sieve
These lemon bars contain the following allergens:
- Wheat (plain flour)
Please note: This recipe may also contain traces of nuts or other allergens depending on the ingredients used. Always check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they are appropriate for your dietary needs.
Storage and leftovers
Store the lemon bars in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, they can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
If you have leftovers, you can freeze the lemon bars for longer storage. Wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or foil, then place them in a freezer-safe container or bag. They can be frozen for up to 3 months.
To thaw and enjoy the frozen lemon bars, simply remove them from the freezer and allow them to come to room temperature. You can also reheat them in a preheated oven at 160°C for a few minutes.
Health Benefits of Lemon Bars
Not only do lemon bars offer a delicious, tangy taste, but they are also full of health benefits. From boosting the immune system to aiding digestion, lemons are known for their numerous medicinal properties. When combined with other healthy ingredients, lemon bars can be a delicious and nutritious treat.
1. Rich in Vitamin C
Lemons are a fantastic source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that supports the immune system and protects the body from harmful free radicals. Just one lemon provides about 51% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C, which is why lemon bars are a great way to boost your vitamin C levels.
2. Digestive aid
The acidity in lemons promotes better digestion by stimulating the production of digestive juices and enzymes. Consuming lemon bars made from freshly squeezed lemon juice can help relieve indigestion, bloating, and heartburn. The lemon peel in the recipe also promotes digestion by stimulating the production of digestive enzymes.
3. Antioxidant power
Both lemons and butter used in lemon bars contain antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress in the body. Oxidative stress is linked to various chronic diseases, including heart disease and certain types of cancer. Including antioxidant-rich lemon bars as part of a balanced diet can contribute to overall health and well-being.
4. Increases hydration
Lemons are known for their moisturizing properties. With high water content and electrolytes, lemons help hydrate your body and maintain fluid balance. Enjoying a refreshing lemon bar can help quench your thirst and keep you hydrated, especially on hot summer days.
5. Supports weight management
Lemon bars can be a healthier alternative to other high-calorie desserts. Using whole wheat flour and minimal added sugar, they are a leaner option. In addition, lemon juice can contribute to weight loss by increasing satiety and reducing appetite.
When making lemon bars, it is important to limit portion sizes to avoid excessive calorie intake. Additionally, individuals with specific dietary concerns or health concerns should consult a doctor before making any dietary changes.