Dec 5, 2012

Lemon Bars / Lemon Squares

Baking a Lemon Bar is my Dream. Along with the Apple Crumble, I longed so much to bake this lemon bars. I was a little bit worried about how it will taste. Till today i had a different idea about a lemon bar..The taste which i imagined is completely different, because i have never tasted it in my life..

I found some fresh lemons lying in the fridge, and was thinking what to come up with that. Suddenly i realized why not make some lemon bars out of it.  I looked out for the recipe and found that i have everything on had. Frankly you dont need much of the ingredients apart from your basic, flour, sugar, butter and so on..So decided to give it a try...

Right now i am completely satisfied and happy with the result. I beg you to try it out, because it was so good. If you love a desert which has lemon in it and which is sweet and tart at the same time then please don't wait..I can assure that you can never go wrong with a lemon bar. 

The base is a simple short crust pastry which turned out too flaky and buttery, which i adore..The topping is like creamy, lemony, sweet with a little kick and zing. It just plays around your tongue..Give it a try and you will know why i simply love it..

Preparation Time: 15 mins
Baking Time : 40 to 45 mins
Makes - 9 pieces / One 15 x 15 cm Pan
Recipe Source: Joyofbaking

For Bottom Crust:
Butter - 1/2 cup / 113 grams
Confectioner's Sugar / Icing Sugar - 1/4 cup / 30 grams
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 1 cup / 120 grams
Salt - 1/4 tsp

For the Lemony Filling:
Eggs - 2 
Regular Sugar - 1 cup / 200 grams
Lemon Zest - 1 tblspn
Lemon Juice - 1/4 cup
All Purpose Flour / Maida - 2 tblspn


Preheat the oven to 170 Degree C/ 350 Degree F. Butter a square pan 

Take Butter and icing sugar in a mixing bowl and beat them till creamy. 

Add in salt and flour and mix well till it gets together.

Transfer this to a greased pan and press it with your hands so that it is packed firmly.

Bake it in the oven for 20 mins till light golden. 

When the crust is in the oven make the filling. Take eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, flour in a bowl and mix well.
When the crust is baked, remove it from the oven. Pour the filling over the crust and return it to the oven for 20 more mins.

Remove from the oven and let it cool down for 30 mins before slicing.

Dust with more confectioner's sugar and enjoy.

You will need, Icing sugar, Flour, Regular sugar,
Butter, Lemons, Salt and Eggs
Start by making the crust..
Take butter and icing sugar in a bowl
cream it a little
add salt to it
along with some flour
start mixing
till it resembles in to crumbs
Oil a square pan
Transfer the mixture into the pan
press it firmly and throw them in the oven..
While it is in the oven,
make the filling...Take sugar in a bowl
add couple of eggs in it
and beat well
add the lemon zest
pour some lemon juice in
strain the juice, so that any pulp
gets catched in the strainer
add couple tblspn of flour
and mix well..
Now dip your fingers in and
taste for tartness and sweetness
Gleaming Citrus Mixture
Remove the crust from the oven, it will be light golden
Pour the citrus filling over the crust
and put it back in the oven
till it is all set
Cut into pieces and dust it with icing sugar before serving
Get yourself a plate and a fork and
ofcourse a piece of lemon bar
Dig in straight away


  1. Wow ! Well done recipe with perfect preparation as always...

  2. Perfect lemon bars, loved the sugar dusting as well
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  3. Love this lemony bars, soo irresistible.

  4. Lemon bars look yummy...luvd the step by step explanation.
    Have a lovely day :)

  5. These lemon bars look absolutely delicious Aarthi.Can we substitute the lemon with orange or strawberry ?will we get the same result? And do we need baking powder if we want this bar to be moist, Aarthi ?

  6. @laavys kitchenYes u can use orange and make it as orange bars. I think you can use strawberries too. NO baking powder is not needed.

  7. @AarthiThank you for the quick response Aarthi :)

  8. Hi Arthi, your lemon bars look so delicious. Can you suggest a good oven to make bars, cakes, buns, brownies. Your suggestion is so valuable. Would love to see your oven. Thanks.

  9. @Anjali I use morphy richards 40 liter OTG oven. I post my oven pics and review soon.

  10. It is really interesting it possible to make it without eggs? Thanks

  11. @Harisorry u cannot make it without eggs, because eggs make the custard to set.

  12. Can this be made in the cooker? How long?

  13. Where did you get the square mould in nagercoil?

  14. Hi Aarthi, you didn't say if its possible to make the lemon squares in the pressure cooker?

  15. @Anonymous I dont think you can bake this in cooker.

  16. I'm ur new biggest fan Aarthi! Love all the dishes u cook and post. And they're pretty easy to try. Keep up the good work 👍

  17. Hi aarthi I hv tried most f ur recipes nd evrythin turned out to be delicious nd appealing to eyes...kuddos nd keep up ur gud d way u did nt mention abt d temp nd time for baking...

  18. @amru vivekI have mentioned that in my written recipe

  19. Can I use cake flour or self raising flour instead of maida?

  20. @AnonymousYou can use cake flour and please dont use self raising flour because it has some raising agent in them

  21. Hi Aarthi, I love all your recipes. Just one question the butter that you use in all your recipes, is that the regular Amul butter or some unsalted one?

  22. Hi Aarthi , you have a wonderful site here . All your recipes are very attractive . I have a suggestion though - i was looking into your lemon bar recipe and found it little confusing when i saw the quantity for each ingredient . If you see , you said 1/2 cup butter or 113 g and then 1/4 cup or 30 g of sugar
    - if ur using the same cup for measuring then half of 113 g will be more than 50 g right ? but its mentioned as 30 g - so if u can give some idea regrading the cup measurement accurately then it will be helpful since many of us wont have a measuring stand to measure by weight and use .I understand u have used the recipe from joyofbaking but u can mention how u have measured the ingredients using the cup u used . Sorry for the trouble . Once again ur recipes are awesome - keep up the good work

  23. @AnonymousYes u can measure in same cup. But each ingredient weigh diff in same cup. hence the amount looks dif in gram. You can use same cup to measure.

  24. Hi Aarthi,
    I love ur all recipes. Today i tried lemon slice it turned put nice. But i have one confusion, it is lottle soft like paste from inside.Is it normal or something gone wrong? I have never tried or eaten lemon slice before so juat want to know?Once again thanks a lot for your recipes.Keep more recipes coming.

  25. @parithe stuffing will be creamy and silky.


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