Passionfruit bars

1 Oct


Nothing says fresh and zingy like passionfruit. Those who know me know that I have a dislike of fruit bordering on the pathological but for some reason I do enjoy passionfruit in baked goods. Misses 6 and 8 are my opposite – they adore fresh fruit, but actively dislike passionfruit in baked goods. Sigh.


Anyway I had some passionfruit going begging and decided to whip up this easy peasy recipe on a Sunday afternoon. Miss 6 took exception to this, bemoaning her hatred of passionfruit in cakes & bickies… until she tried it. Of course she loved it. See, Mother really does know best.

In Australia this is called passionfruit slice and is renowned across the land as an old-fashioned fav but I am slowly learning to speak international cake language, so for my friends in America I have renamed it passionfruit bars. I tweaked a recipe from



150g butter, diced, at room temperature

1/3 cup caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla essence

1 egg

1 cup plain flour

1/4 cup self-raising flour

2 tablespoons milk

395g can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup passionfruit pulp



Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a slice tin approx 18cmx22cm.

Set aside.

In bowl of electric mixer beat butter, vanilla and sugar until creamy.

Beat in egg.

Fold in combined flours and milk.

Scrape into ban and smooth using a palette knife.

Bake for 15-ish minutes, until pale gold and cooked trough.

Set aside for five minutes, then make topping:

In a large bowl whisk together the condensed milk, lemon juice and passionfruit pulp together.

Pour or ladle over the base and bake for another 15 minutes.

Cool on bench, then place in fridge for another or so.

When cold cut into bars.



36 Responses to “Passionfruit bars”

  1. papict October 1, 2014 at 1:05 pm #

    I love passion fruit. I will have to try this recipe as soon as I get my mitts on some.

    • thehungrymum October 9, 2014 at 3:25 am #

      Here’s a secret – you can use the tinned stuff & it turns out just as good as the real deal 🙂

      • papict October 9, 2014 at 10:45 am #

        I’ve never seen tinned passion fruit. I will have to take a closer look in that aisle of the store.

  2. October 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    I like fruit fresh, in baked goods – just about anyway you could ask for 🙂

    • thehungrymum October 9, 2014 at 3:25 am #

      Then you’ll love this – has a great, fresh zing!

  3. Liz October 1, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    wow–this looks dee-lectable 😀 No fruit for you, though, huh? Is it the flavor or texture? I like fruit, though not usually in desserts. Your bars I would make an exception for!

    • thehungrymum October 9, 2014 at 3:27 am #

      Ta! I’m not sure why I’m so anti-fruit… I’ll have a banana maybe once every six weeks [exotic, huh?] or some strawberries if they’re put in front of me but other than that #noThanks

  4. Frugal Hausfrau October 1, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

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  5. Choc Chip Uru October 1, 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    oooh I have made these before and love them! Seems like I have to go back and make them again 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum October 19, 2014 at 7:51 am #

      sometimes you just *need* to go back to the classics 🙂

  6. Margot @ Gather and Graze October 2, 2014 at 12:08 am #

    Oh yum – a classic indeed! Thanks so much for sharing this rather iconic slice! 🙂

  7. trixpin October 5, 2014 at 10:17 am #

    I never use passionfruit but I really should! These look lovely 🙂

    • thehungrymum October 7, 2014 at 9:21 am #

      thanks! I buy them when they are cheap & plentiful just to bake with 🙂

  8. Midge October 6, 2014 at 12:33 am #

    Seeing that it’s passionfruit season here in Manila, I am definitely grabbing a basket of fruit and baking these!

  9. kathryningrid October 6, 2014 at 3:49 am #

    Life sure is complicated! I’m glad you are willing to share the bounty with others who *do* enjoy the zingy goodness as well! 😀

    • thehungrymum October 9, 2014 at 4:57 am #

      hehehe! I’m a caring, sharing kinda gal 🙂

  10. thehungryartist October 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    Yum! I love passion fruit. But I think it is hard to find here . It reminds me of my visits to Hawaii when I do get to eat it. 🙂

    • thehungrymum October 9, 2014 at 3:37 am #

      Can you get the pulp in tins where you are? Because that works perfectly well in this recipe.

  11. Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence October 8, 2014 at 12:46 am #

    Ooh, that looks wonderful! I like the use of adding an exotic fruit like passion fruit! I must try this soon.

  12. Nessy Eater October 9, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Now that sounds like a good summer treat! Great recipe 😀

    • thehungrymum October 19, 2014 at 7:52 am #

      thanks! It is always demolished quickly 🙂

  13. Nine Cent Girl October 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

    Oh, this looks fabulous! Thanks for posting the recipe!!

  14. dedy oktavianus pardede October 11, 2014 at 5:51 pm #

    i’m a huge fans of tangy passionfruit, your bars looks damn delicious!!!

  15. Sara | Belly Rumbles (@bellyrumbles) October 11, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    I love passionfruit anything! Would scoff these unconditionally for afternoon tea, morning tea, late night snackage, yup!

    • thehungrymum October 13, 2014 at 12:27 am #

      Unconditional love for passionfruit, eh? That is dedication!

  16. chewtown October 14, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    These look fabulous! Love passionfruit.

    • thehungrymum October 19, 2014 at 7:45 am #

      awwww, ta. Passionfruit helps cut the richness of the base here.

  17. emmabarrett1508 October 15, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Wow! These look fantastic!

  18. eloisesedibles October 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm #

    This looks great! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. thefolia November 24, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

    Looks divine…and I imagine such a great taste. Happy Nesting.

    • thehungrymum December 9, 2014 at 10:29 am #

      cheers! I reckon it might be time to make another batch 🙂

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