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Easy Lemon Bars

Just a handful of ingredients is all that's required to make these fresh bars with a beautiful classic shortbread base topped with a lemon curd. This is a really easy recipe, just ensure you don't overbake!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine dessert
Servings 16
Calories 186 kcal



  • ▢ 3/4 cup plain flour all purpose flour
  • ▢ 1/4 cup rice flour or cornstarch/cornflour (Note 1)
  • ▢ 1/2 cup icing sugar / powdered sugar sifted
  • ▢ 1/4 tsp salt
  • ▢ 110g / 1 stick unsalted butter cold, cut into 1cm / 1/2" cubes


  • ▢ 3 large eggs 55-60g/2oz each
  • ▢ 1 cup caster sugar / super-fine sugar sub regular sugar
  • ▢ 2 tbsp plain flour all purpose flour
  • ▢ 1 tbsp lemon zest do this before juicing
  • ▢ 1/2 cup lemon juice 2 – 3 lemons


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F (160C fan). Spray a 20cm/8" square tin with oil and line with baking/parchment paper with overhang (so it can be lifted out once cooked).
  • Base – Place Shortbread Base ingredients in a food processor fitted with the standard "S" blade. Pulse 5 to 10 times until it becomes like sand. (Or use tips of fingers, Note 2). Pour into the tin, spread, then press firmly into the base, pushing it right up to the edges. Using something flat to press in is helpful!
  • Bake base for 20 minutes or until golden on the edges and pale golden in the middle. Remove from oven. (Note: don't let it cool, pour in curd immediately).
  • Lemon Curd – While the base is baking, place Lemon Topping ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined.
  • Bake 20 minutes – Pour Lemon Curd onto base, then bake for 20 minutes until the topping is set but still soft.
  • Cool – Remove from then oven and cool on the counter for 1 hour, then fridge for at least 2 hours. Slice into 16 squares. Dust with icing sugar (confectionary sugar) and serve!


This recipe is sponsored by Mediterranean Supermarket 
Keyword dessert, lemon cake, lemon dessert