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Easy Five Ingredient Lemon Bars – Soft Delicious Buttery Shortbread, Smooth Sharp Lemon Curd Topping!
I will say from the very first sentence now, that I am completely and utterly obsessed with these. They are the dreamiest of dreamy and I love them. If you like lemon, you will be obsessed!
Lemon Bars are something that I have had so many requests for over the years, but I just generally never got round to posting them.. finally, when I had a craving myself, I thought I would actually write up the recipe!
I know it sounds like it’s easy, but once you add on the photography, writing, editing etc… it does take a while to write up a recipe post! Also, I have to make sure not to eat all of the Lemon Bars before I’ve got the camera out. They’re too yummy.
So Lemon Bars have been around for a very long time – there are lots of yummy recipes out there such as from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and Once Upon a Chef – and they are definitely amazing inspiration for these.
The base, is the same as for my Millionaires Shortbread – a simple shortbread of unsalted butter, sugar, and flour. I like to use block butter for the best result, caster sugar for the best sweetness, and plain flour.. obviously.
I use an easy ratio of 2:1:3 when I make my shortbread these days, and I find it works wonders. 200g butter, 100g sugar, 300g flour! Mix them together as per the recipe, and you have a lovely crumbly shortbread. Press them into your 9×9″ square tin – and bake! So simple.
The topping for this, you can make whilst it’s baking. It doesn’t take long, and you are making a sort of lemon curd, lemon meringue pie style lemon filling – that you will bake straight on top of the shortbread. It can end up making the shortbread look under baked, but it’s not – it’s just soaked up the delicious lemon goodness.
I like to use the lemon zest and lemon juice from the lemons for the most flavour – but you can leave the lemon zest out if you want. Bottled lemon juice works fine too! There is definitely nothing wrong with buying bottled lemon juice in my books.
Make sure to zest your lemons first, and then juice them – the amount of lemons may vary because of the sizing – but it’s about 5 lemons you use. I grate my lemon zest on the fine one so the pieces aren’t too large!
I add in my sugar and plain flour to a bowl and whisk until combined. Then, I add in the lemon juice, zest and eggs mix until smooth. It really doesn’t take long at all which is why it’s so good!
Once the shortbread has baked, take it out, pour the lemon mixture straight on – and put back into the oven. It really is that simple! I like to call this five ingredients as you have the sugar, butter, flour, eggs and lemon. You could argue the zest and juice is two, but as it’s from one lemon…
For an optional end, you can dust the top with icing sugar – but it’s not essential. I just think it looks pretty!! I hope you love these delicious Lemon Bars as much as I do! Feel free to try this with other citrus fruits too – like lemon and orange! x
- 200 g Unsalted Butter
- 100 g Caster Sugar
- 300 g Plain Flour
Lemon Curd Topping
- 375 g Caster Sugar
- 50 g Plain Flour
- 6 medium Eggs
- 225 ml Lemon Juice
- Zest of 5 Lemons (optional)
- 1-2 tbsp Icing Sugar (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and line a 9x9inch Deep Square Tin with Parchment Paper.
- Cream together the sugar and butter in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth – mix in the flour until a dough is formed. It will be crumbly but the ingredients will be evenly dispersed!
- Firmly press the mixture into the bottom of tin and bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes until pale golden on top! Towards the end of baking, make the lemon mixture!
Lemon Curd Topping
- Sift your flour into a large bowl, and add the sugar.
- Whisk the two together until combined!
- Add in your eggs, lemon juice and zest, and whisk until combined.
- Once the shortbread is baked, remove from the oven and pour the lemon mixture over the top.
- Return to the oven, and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the lemon mixture no longer wobbles!
- Leave to cool at room tempearture for about 2 hours, and then put in the fridge for another 2 hours (or over night) to firm up.
- If you want to, dust the top with icing sugar, and then cut up and enjoy!
- These will last for up to one week, in the fridge!
- I use this 9x9" square tin!
- You can use lime, orange, or grapefruit in place - follow the same ideas just switch out the lemon!
- These can be frozen for up to 3 months!
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