Saturday, December 17, 2011

Lemon Bars : Holiday Biscuit Recipe Exchange

A few weeks ago, the lovely ladies behind the Irish Food Bloggers Association mentioned the idea of a cookie recipe swap for Christmas which was the brainchild of Anne Marie from the Warm & Snug & Fat blog.  I thought it was a great idea - I love trying other people's recipes and wanted some new inspiration for my Christmas baking.

So a few days ago, an email landed into my inbox from a lady I already know - the incredibly talented Theresa from The Green Apron.  I've already tried her amazing chocolate raspberry preserves and plan to stock up when we head to Limerick in the New Year, so I knew whatever she sent me would be delicious.  Her Lemon Bars recipe is tart, crunchy and a complete antidote to all the usual heavy Christmas treats.  It's a two stage recipe - you make and bake the base first before topping it with the creamy lemon filling and baking it again until set.  I used a long swiss roll tin which makes a flattish Lemon Bar so if you want a thicker bar, use a smaller tin and bake for an extra 5-10 minutes.

Lemon Bars

150g Butter
120g Caster Sugar
340g Plain Flour
4 Eggs
300g Caster Sugar
2 unwaxed Lemons (zest and juice)
60g Plain Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder

Preheat your oven to 180c/Gas Mark 4 and line your tin with baking paper

Using a food mixer or processor, whizz the sugar & butter together until fluffy, then add the flour & mix again until the mixture is crumbly and starting to stick together.  Press the mixture into the lined baking tin & flatten out evenly.  Bake for 15 minutes until pale golden & remove from the oven.

In the meantime, mix the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, flour & baking powder together.  Pour onto the baked base and return to the oven for another 25 minutes until the top is golden and puffy.

Allow the lemon bars to cool in the tin before removing, dusting with icing sugar and cut into squares.

Eat.  Try to share them if you're feeling a bit of goodwill towards all men...


  1. These look gorgeous - I can see me taking them to lots of parties this week!

  2. I gave the plate you see in the photo to my lovely neighbour today - her lads devoured them as soon as her back was turned!

  3. oooh i love cakes with lemon.. id love to try these Aoife. But im jst not a good cook.. maybe you could make some more and send them up our way ;-)

  4. You should have paid more attention in Home Ec, Linz! If you're very good & promise not to share with the monkeys, you never know xxx

  5. Thanks for the receipe-I had been dying to make them and just got around to it tonight. They taste amazing-so much so I devoured 2 of them not long after they were out of the oven

    I love your blog-keep seeing all of your fab baked wares and make note of receipes to try out in the near future

  6. Alethea, I'm delighted you like them. I must make them again actually because they are so gorgeous