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Little squares of lemmony goodness!

Little squares of lemmony goodness!

Until recently, I didn’t realize just how much I love lemon flavoured desserts. My husband will eat slices of lemon skin and all which makes me cringe just thinking about it. You know the feeling, your toes curl up, your face puckers into all manner of strange expressions and your every nerve ending is on alert. Well that’s sort of how it feels to me!

So apart from lemon meringue pie, lemon bars are one of my favourite quick and easy desserts to whip up. This easy recipe has a sweet tart dough and a quick filling which you basically throw in the mixer bowl, whip and then pour over the pre-cooked dough… cook the filling for another 25 mins and presto you are done.


2 lb. 8 oz. Sweet Tart Dough, plain or coconut variation
Egg wash, as needed
Lemon or Lime Filling

Sweet Tart Dough

1 lb. 8 oz. Unsalted butter, softened
1 lb. 5 oz. Powdered sugar
1 pound Egg yolks
2 Whole eggs
3 lb. 8 oz. All-purpose flour

1. Cream the butter and powdered sugar in a large mixer bowl using the paddle attachment.

2. Combine the egg yolks and whole eggs. Slowly add the eggs to the creamed butter. Mix until smooth and free of lumps, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the flour to the butter-and-egg mixture. Mix only until incorporated; do not overmix. The dough should be firm, smooth and not sticky.

4. Dust a half-sheet pan with flour. Pack the dough into the pan evenly. Wrap well in plastic wrap and chill until firm.

5. Work with a small portion of the chilled dough when shaping tart shells or other products.

Lemon Filling
1 lb. 6 oz. Granulated sugar
8 Eggs
2 ounces Pastry flour
11 fluid ounces Lemon or lime juice
5 fluid ounces Milk
1/2 teaspoon Salt

4 ounces Powdered sugar for garnish

1. Roll the chilled dough out on parchment paper to fit the sides and bottom of a half-size sheet pan. Prick the surface of the dough with a fork and bake at 350°F (175°C) until the dough is light golden, approximately 15 minutes. If cracks develop during the baking process, patch with the leftover dough and return briefly to the oven.

2. Brush the baked dough with egg wash and return to the oven for 3 minutes or until the egg wash has set.

3. To prepare the filling, whip the sugar and the eggs just until smooth. Whisk in the pastry flour until well combined, then add the lemon juice, milk and salt.

4. Pour the lemon filling in the prebaked shell.

5. Bake at 325°F (163°C) until set, approximately 25 minutes.

6. Cool, then cut into 1 1/2 inch × 1 1/2 inch (4 × 4 cm) squares. Dust liberally with powdered sugar.

(7) Comments   


The Duo Dishes on 4 March, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

Lemon bars are great anytime!

zerrin on 7 March, 2009 at 3:08 am #

I love this! I love lemon so much that I eat slices of lemon just like your husband. I like the feeling it gives. And how strange that I just meet this recipe just after I read a post about lemon and so many benefits of it. It’s here
check it out. I leanrt new things there.

Colleen on 7 March, 2009 at 11:56 am #

Thanks to the Dynamic Duo for dropping by! Yes, lemon bars or desserts are sooo refreshing and tasty anytime. And Zerrin you are making my face pucker up with the thought of eating the lemon skin! :-))

Iisha on 24 March, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

These look beautiful. I’ve been wanting to make some lately, and now I think I have too.

Tj on 16 June, 2009 at 11:24 pm #

Oh lordy…look what I’ve found! I have gained another 5lbs just reading this mouth watering blog! Lemons ..oh my gosh.. I have to try this! My sons favorite, and I see him this weekend too. Maybe i’ll be a good Mommy and surprise him… if I don’t eat them all first!

yummmm ….

Colleen on 17 June, 2009 at 6:23 am #

LOL… Oh they were easy and soooo tasty. Nothing like making lemon curd from scratch. I also had a whole lot of key limes left over from a party and made lime curd which I put in the refrigerator… so no wasted fruit was great! Enjoy Toni and thanks for dropping by gal! 🙂

maclove1 on 6 July, 2009 at 6:50 am #

YUMMY !! lol you all crack me up with that “loardy ” word xD

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