When life gives you lemons, make … lemon bars

This recipe is an easy fix when you have extra dough after making a pie or cake, as it happened to me when  I made the Saint’s James cake a few weeks ago.

Probably all of you already know the delicious lemon bars; well this cake has the same filling, different crust though.


For the crust

 250 g. flour
¾ cup butter at room temperature
 100 g. powdered sugar
 1 egg
 25 milliliters of milk
¼ tsp. vanilla
1/8 tsp.  salt

Lemon Filling

1 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice (approximately two large lemons)
1 tbsp.  grated lemon zest
2 tbsp.  all-purpose flour


Confectioner’s (powdered or icing) sugar


Preheat oven to 350 ºF.

In a bowl, mix together butter, powder sugar, salt, vanilla, egg and milk until you obtain a cream. Then add the flour and keep beating until you get soft dough, then wrap it in cling film and refrigerate for a couple of hours. After that time, stretch it with a rolling pin and cover with it a low round pan.

Lemon Filling: In your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until nice and smooth. Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to combine. Fold in the flour. Pour the filling over the crust and bake for about 25-30 minutes, or just until the filling has set. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool, then dust with powdered sugar.



4 thoughts on “When life gives you lemons, make … lemon bars

  1. Lemon bars are so good and this recipe is no exception. I’ve “stolen” your recipe and will definitely make these. It’s been far too long since I’ve had them. Thanks for sharing.

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