Zesty Lemon Bars Recipe

I’m sharing with you how to make perfect Lemon Bars. These are incredibly delicious with their bright color and luscious lemon flavour!

ZESTY LEAMON BARS RECIPE

Ingredients

Base

225g / 2 Sticks / 16 Tbsp Butter
3/4 Cup / 90g Powdered Sugar / Icing Sugar
2 Cups / 250g Flour

Zesty Lemon Filling

2 Cups / 400g Granulated White Sugar
1/2 Cup / 60g Flour
6 Eggs
1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
1 Cup / 250ml Lemon Juice

Instructions

Base

In a large mixing bowl if you’re using a hand mixer or the bowl of your stand mixer add the butter and powdered sugar. Mix on medium speed for a few minutes until well combined and the butter is light and fluffy.
Add the flour to the combined butter and sugar and mix together just until you can no longer see any dry flour. Scrape down the bowl with a rubber spatula to get all of the dry flour incorporated.
Tip the base into a lined 9 by 13″ or 23 by 33cm baking pan and use the back of a spoon to press it into a flat even layer.
Bake the base in a 160°C / 325°F oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the edges are just starting to brown.

Lemon Filling

In a medium sized bowl add your dry ingredients, the flour and sugar. Crack in the 6 eggs and use a whisk to combine the ingredients together well. It may look a little lumpy at first but it should start to smooth out after a minute.
When the mixture is smooth and the lumps have been whisked out pour in the lemon juice. Add the zest of one lemon (its much easier to zest the lemon first before juicing it).
Give the batter a good mix together to combine the ingredients well. Set to the side until the base has finished baking.
After 20-25 minutes or when the edges of the base are just starting to get some colour remove it from the oven. While it’s still hot pour over the lemon filling, you may have a tiny amount left over depending on the height of your pan.
Place the pan back into the oven, being careful to keep it level so the lemon filling doesn’t spill and bake for another 25-30 minutes.
After 25 minutes check on the lemon bar to see if the filling has set completely. Give the pan a little shake and if it doesn’t jiggle it’s ready to come out. If it jiggles in the center give it another 5 minutes.
Let the lemon bars fully cool in the pan before placing them in the fridge for 1-2 hours to firm up (this helps them slice up nicely).

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Serving the Zesty Lemon Bars

Remove the lemon bars from the fridge and use the paper to lift it up out of the baking pan. Pull the paper away from the edges and use a sharp knife to cut the lemon bars into squares.
Finally dust with powdered sugar and they’re ready to be enjoyed.

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