Luscious Lemon Bars
These bright, sunny lemon bars make the perfect after school or teatime treat. They are quick and easy to make, and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face. That perfect balance of sweet, tart, crunchy and creamy. Lemon bars are bound to become a family favorite!
These lovely lemon bars used to be one of my favorite after school indulgences. In high school, I would rush home to make these quick and easy bars, which my siblings and I devoured in under an hour.
Of course, I can no longer indulge in such things on a daily basis. However, it’s a lot of fun to treat my own children to a batch once in while. The best part is, these bars come together quickly and require only a few ingredients. So, they’re a very easy spoil.
If you’ve never had a lemon bar before, you’re in for a great surprise. They are tangy, and sweet — without being cloying. What I like best about these bars is the contrast in textures between the crunchy shortbread base and the custardy lemon filling.
About the Recipe
This recipe is really very simple. However, like all simple recipes, ingredient quality is key. With that in mind, do use fresh lemon juice and zest, if at all possible. I have made the bars many times as a teenager with bottled lemon juice and, while it did assuage my craving, it’s simply not the same.
The Shortbread Crust
The crust mix will be very crumbly, almost sandy. Don’t worry. This is exactly what you want. You will press the crumbs into the greased pan carefully and, trust me, the crust will hold together when baked.
So, don’t overwork the crust hoping it will form a ball. It won’t, and it shouldn’t.
The filling will be foamy when it is whisked together. Don’t let this surprise you. The foam is a result of the interaction between the baking powder and the lemon juice. It contributes to the lightness of the bars. So, that foam is exactly what you want to see.
Finally, I hope your family loves these bars as much as mine does! Bon appétit!