How to bake lemon bars

8 Aug


I was unaware of the tarty deliciousness of lemon bars until about a week ago. I had seen umpteen recipes on international blogs but it wasn’t until my mother-in-law presented me with a bucket filled to the brim with lemons from her tree that I decided to make them.

Hello, tastebuds.

This recipe, which I found on & tweaked, was such a success that I made it twice in a week. For a baking junkie like me, who lives for trying new recipes, that is really saying something.

I thought they might be tart for misses 6 & 8 but how wrong I was – they adored the taste and texture.

An all-rounder winner.



225 grams softened butter, diced

½ cup caster sugar

2 cups plain flour

3 large size free-range eggs

1 cup caster sugar (extra)

¼ cup plain flour (extra)

Freshly squeezed juice from two large lemons



Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 9×13 inch slice pan. Ensure there’s enough baking paper over the edges to use to remove after baking.

In bowl of electric mixer beat together the first three ingredients then press into pan. Use the base of a glass to ensure base is even.

Bake for 15-20 minutes / until pale gold.

Allow to cool for about 10 minutes.

In another bowl whisk together the remaining ingredients and pour over the still-warm crust.

Bake for another 10-15 minutes – the slice may look raw but will firm up on cooling.

When cool slice into squares to serve.




66 Responses to “How to bake lemon bars”

  1. lapetitepaniere August 8, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    They look very yummy 🙂

  2. thehungrymum August 8, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    They really are 🙂

  3. quilt32 August 8, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    My younger daughter makes a version of these that is a favorite family gift at Christmas time. I can just imagine how wonderful they would be with home-grown lemons. Your picture of the bars on a plate is especially striking.

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 8:58 am #

      What a great gift idea! You have just inspired me for a festive treat 🙂

  4. Liz August 8, 2014 at 2:24 pm #

    gotta love the lemon bars! Good to take a break from ooey gooey chocolate every now and again 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      Oooh, give me citrus over choc any day – I love a good bit of zest 🙂

  5. chefjulianna August 8, 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    One of my favourite bars! Thanks so much for bringing them to FF! 😀

  6. Sinfully Tempting August 8, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Delicious! Happy FF! 🙂

  7. Michelle August 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm #

    They look yummy! Will have to bookmark this, lemon bars are the best friend’s favourite!

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 11:05 am #

      If you make these for your BF they will be your BFF 🙂

  8. Sue August 8, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    These look awfully good. And considering my husband just came home from a day trip to Santa Barbara with at least 10 pounds of foraged lemons, I guarantee you this is gonna come in handy!

    • thehungrymum September 4, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      oooh, we went to Santa Barbara last year on our drive from Disneyland to San Fran! Such a lovely place – would love to get back there. I hope you managed to create some of these bars 🙂

  9. MyKabulKitchen August 8, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    You know its funny I love baking but have not made lemon bars, I had some recently at a gathering and got the recipe but it had condensed milk which I keep forgetting to buy at the grocery, so I am glad I found your recipe as I have all the ingredients. Anything citrus is perfect in summer time 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 12, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      Excellent! It all sounds quite serendipitous 🙂 Hope you do make them – your tastebuds will sing their thanks x

  10. Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs August 9, 2014 at 1:57 am #

    Oh yum. How lucky to be presented with a bucket of lemons!! I would love that! Your lemon bars looks so delicious! I love, love, love that pretty little plate that you presented them on! Lovely photos.. wonderful post… great recipe! ❤

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 11:06 am #

      Oh, thank you for your kind words 🙂 I love buying little plates for styling food. Recipe is a winner, hope you make it x

  11. Traditionally Modern Food August 9, 2014 at 3:46 am #

    Yummy lemon bars:-)

  12. saucygander August 9, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    These lemon bars sound like absolute winners! They look wonderful too. Great recipe for sharing with Fiesta Friday this week, enjoy the party! 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 9, 2014 at 8:26 am #

      thanks 🙂 They are really delish & not overly sweet. See you at FF next week!

  13. berenicechin August 9, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    Looking very scrumptious! I can imagine the flavors..oohh!

    • thehungrymum August 21, 2014 at 1:46 am #

      Thanks – it is a lovely afternoon tea treat.

  14. dedy oktavianus pardede August 9, 2014 at 4:33 pm #

    Never had any lemon bars before,
    i think this citrusy bars is just perfect for brunch snacking!!!

    • thehungrymum August 12, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      I do believe you are right! Make up a batch & test this theory 🙂

  15. Frugal Hausfrau August 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    These are a few of my favorite things!

    • thehungrymum August 12, 2014 at 9:30 am #

      Agree – I will be adding these to my ‘go to’ baking list from now on: they are easy, quick & so moreish.

      • Frugal Hausfrau August 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

        So I have to ask: Moreish – something you want more of?

      • thehungrymum August 13, 2014 at 3:18 am #

        yep – moreish means *exactly* that. And these bars are exactly that 🙂

  16. Frugal Hausfrau August 9, 2014 at 5:09 pm #

    These are a few of my favorite things!

  17. prettyloved August 9, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    Lemon bars are so tasty!!! Thank you for the recipe. Will enjoy making these for sure!

    • thehungrymum August 10, 2014 at 9:11 am #

      Aren’t they yum?! Thanks for taking the time to visit 🙂

      • prettyloved August 10, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

        of course!! :)) and yes!! they most def are yummy! 🙂

  18. indusinternationalkitchen August 10, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    looks lovely! 🙂

  19. Chitra Jagadish August 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm #

    Lemon bars looks yummylicious. …

    • thehungrymum August 12, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      If you think they look good you should see how FAB they taste!

  20. LFFL August 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Oh how I LOVE lemon bars!!

    • thehungrymum August 12, 2014 at 9:31 am #

      If only you were in the ‘hood I’d happily make you up a batch 🙂

      • LFFL August 12, 2014 at 9:32 am #


  21. August 10, 2014 at 4:49 pm #

    We love our lemon dishes in my family – I wish I had a tree or two (would have to move south) as I use so many. Your lemon bars sound mighty good 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 2:46 am #

      Fresh & plentiful lemons are amazing – we churn through them in everything from drinks to cakes to seafood 🙂 #lucky

  22. nancyc August 11, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    I love lemony things and these lemon bars look great!

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 2:53 am #

      Me too – the more lemon in baked goods, the better!

  23. Alex August 11, 2014 at 8:10 am #

    These look delicious!! I am very compelled to try them out.

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 8:34 am #

      hope you do – they are really good & so simple.

  24. Sugar and Cinnamon August 11, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Lemon bars are amazing!! I can’t believe you only tried them a week ago! This recipe looks so tasty 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 11:04 am #

      I know!! I need to re-examine my life choices, quite obviously 🙂

  25. AinaBalagtas August 11, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    I would try this sumptuous recipe on Labor Day. Thanks HungryMum! 😊

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 11:03 am #

      excellent – glad you have been inspired 🙂

  26. Pang August 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    My mouth waters just looking at these bars 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm #

      lemon baked goods always make my mouth water, too!

  27. Kelly Be A Fun Mum (@BeAFunMum) August 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    These look delicious! I love lemon anything!

    • thehungrymum August 12, 2014 at 3:28 am #

      they are super yum 🙂 I’m also a lemon lover.

  28. Midge August 12, 2014 at 5:44 am #

    I’ve always been mad for lemon bars and these look totally ace! I think I’ve found my baking project for this weekend. 😀

    • thehungrymum August 12, 2014 at 9:33 am #

      I *love* the word ace! Borrowing 😉 Hope you make ’em – you’ll be uber happy you did x

  29. Hortense August 12, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    I would much rather be hit by a lemon bar than an iron bar! Pity I am trying to lose weight to appease my wife, who thinks that I “snore”. Otherwise these would be nice with a glass of milk

    • thehungrymum August 21, 2014 at 1:45 am #

      Your wife sounds delightful. I bet she has all the answers…

  30. Lauren @ Create Bake Make August 14, 2014 at 10:40 am #

    I just can’t resist anything that is filled with lemony goodness. These look delicious!

    • thehungrymum August 14, 2014 at 10:49 am #

      oh, I hear you! Lemon is my go to in baked goods, too 🙂

  31. Mandi August 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    LOVE lemon sweet treats. There’s just something about that tartiness that I can’t get enough of…these look amazing!

    • thehungrymum August 21, 2014 at 1:44 am #

      Agree! Give me lemon cake over choc cake ANY day 🙂

  32. Kloesunny @ Kloe's Kitchen August 20, 2014 at 3:39 am #

    These look sooooooo good! Did I ever tell you how big of a lemon fan I am? I actually like almost all fruits, but lemon has been a special part of my birthday for the past five or six years, including lemon bars. yummmmmmmm

  33. lisamummymadeit August 22, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    I love lemon bars and slice (and pudding and curd and cake……ok everything Lemon!). I have a chockers lemon tree in the back yard so I’ll have to get baking!

    • thehungrymum August 22, 2014 at 6:43 am #

      excellent! You can’t beat pulling a lemon fesh off the tree & then turning it into something baked. #lemonLover

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