Lovely Lemon Bars

May 14, 2011

I adore all things lemon. A simple statement, but one that is true nonetheless. In fact, there are few things truer in the world than my love for lemon, of this I am certain.

Citrus sends me twirling into a zingy dance of delight! Ben can indeed confirm this is true, I do not exaggerate. I often dance as a result of food. While I adore all citrus fruits, lemon is my favourite. And I know I am not alone in this love. There are many lemon lovers out there, which is supremely fortunate, for it has resulted in thousands of delightful recipes to satisfy every lemony craving that may arise.

When Ben and I went out for breakfast last Sunday, I made a lustful connection with a lemon tart in a display cabinet. Alas, this connection took place from afar. I considered a lemon tart for breakfast, but ended up ordering myself some eggs and instead resolved to make my own lemony treat once I was home.

Being the good girl I am, I first made some soup for lunch. Quite literally as soon as my spoon rested in my empty bowl, I jetéd into the kitchen to get started on some lemon bars.

I saw this recipe (link here) many months ago on one of my favourite blogs, eat live run. And when my lemon love took hold, it instantly sprang to mind.

These bars are incredibly simple to make and utterly delicious to taste – don’t you just love that? I have made them twice in one week already, once in a loaf pan and the next time in a cake pan – what? We had guests! I needed two batches…

Next time I think I will make Maggie Beer‘s Sour Cream Pastry for the base, but stick with the lovely, lemon filling of these bars.

I find myself rather hopelessly in love with this recipe. Simple, satisfying, citrus, sublime.

Heidi xo
  • Michelle Chin May 14, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Hey did blogger ate one of your posts? Just asking cos it ate mine

  • Hannah May 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

    These look delightful! Moist, lemony goodness!! yum yum. Btw I'm going to try make those carrot muffins this weekend 🙂
    Hannah x

  • Cathryn May 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    These look so yummy! Just the other day I was looking at our lemon tree and wondering what I was going to do with all those lemons, guess I know what I'm going to be making now!

  • Heidi May 14, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Michelle – it ate my zucchini ribbon pasta post but then gave it back (but without any comments). so I reposted it this morning.

    Hannah – oooh yay! I hope you like them 🙂

    Cathryn – wonderful! a bit of lemony goodness is always lovely.

    Heidi xo

  • Hannah May 14, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Oh, SWOON! Lemon desserts are either my absolute favourite or one of my favourites, and a truly tangy lemon creation will always have my heart. Sometimes I wish I could find a way to just bake the filling, though! Wonder if it would work without the pastry…

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    I'm lemon mad too Heidi! I think I like it because it counters the sweetness in cakes etc. These bars look like they have the loveliest texture!

  • The InTolerant Chef May 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Nice and sticky and finger-licky! I love lemon too, it cuts through a lot of the sweetness and leaves a lovely tanginess. Yumm….

  • Heidi May 15, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Hannah – haha oh my goodness it totally would work, the filling is the best part!

    Lorraine – yes, the texture was just delightful 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – exactly!

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie May 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

    love a tart lemon treat! I must make soup today!! although I'm making Mez's pulled pork and a cake, hopefully I have a spare pot big enough! x

  • Margaret May 15, 2011 at 11:36 am

    You made a lustful connection with a lemon tart! I love that! 😉
    I'm hoping my mum will remember to bring some lemons from her tree when she arrives at my place today. I love the photos you took – so bright and sunny looking. I need lots of bright things to get me through winter! 🙂

  • Jorji May 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Yum! My boyfriend and I are also fellow lemon lovers =)

  • Heidi May 15, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Michele – oooh yum, Mez's pulled pork, I'm jealous 🙂

    Margaret – yes we do need bright things to lighten up these chilly days 🙂 glad you enoyed this post!

    Jorji – high five for lemon lovers 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • wikigirl May 15, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    yum! I am so excited to make these. I saw your post while I was in the US living off disgusting fast food and promised myself I would make them as soon as I returned home 🙂

  • hollypop May 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    these look so good. darn i love lemon! back in the day i worked at the tyabb packing hose cafe where they make the most amazing "shortcakes" which are essentially like these lemon bars but with a thicker crust on the top. they were so amazing and addictive. the raspberry ones were the best.

  • hollypop May 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm

    eww sorry for typos!

  • Anna Johnston May 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Holy Hubcaps, I adore Lemon and citrusy treats. Your slice looks beautiful and tasty and lovely and DROOL…. Soooooo drool worthy. I get especially crazy for the citrus hit when the cooler months hit, something about the taste that reminds me of summer. I love that you 'Jeted' to the kitchen for some lemon baking. 🙂 Great visual Missy!

  • chutneyandspice May 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Another lemon lover here – it always feels so refreshing, so however heavy the meal is you end up feeling light if you have a lemon pudding. I love lemon tart, quite similar to these bars, going to make these as I love things that you can do into individual portions. Might be good for a picnic. Your photography really sells them.

  • Heidi May 15, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    wikigirl – I hope you like them! You must have seen some interesting fast food over there, that's for sure!

    Hollypop – hehe no worries 🙂 those shortcakes sound delicious!

    Anna – thank you hehe. & "Holy Hubcaps" – I love that 😛 & I so agree, in the cooler months a bit of lemon makes it feel like summer. Perfection.

    chutneyandspice – thank you so much! Yes you're right, lemon always makes you feel lighter. It's rather magical 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • thanh7580 May 15, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I'm not a big fan of lemon in desserts. People love lemon tarts and slices and cakes but I don't get it. I guess the zing can be nice but I haven't found that love for it yet.

  • msihua May 15, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    I like lemons in my desserts occasionally.. what I really want to see is you dancing everytime after a good meal 😛

  • Kath (My Funny Little Life) May 16, 2011 at 1:49 am

    Wow, these look incredibly lemon-y! 😀

  • Heidi May 16, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Thanh – well I'm sure you're not alone! I just cannot possibly imagine not loving lemon 🙂

    Msihua – hehehe it usually involves some little twirl or jig.

    Kath – oooh they were 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • CC11 May 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    I ADORE lemon bars and for some silly reason have not yet made them myself – time to rectify me thinks!

  • Heidi May 17, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Oh yes you must! Yours will be glorious, no doubt! 🙂 xo

  • Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets May 19, 2011 at 2:38 am

    Wow this is glorious! Love the lovely gooey filling. Just how lemon bars should be. And now I'm intrigued by the sound of that sour cream pastry too!

  • Heidi May 19, 2011 at 7:01 am

    It's really the 'go to' recipe for Australians 🙂 we love Maggie Beer. Check out this post where I made it.
    It's easy and delicious, perfect with sweet or savoury!

  • Lisa May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I gave this a whirl yesterday – unfortunatly I mistranslated and put double the butter in the base. I knew in my gut it went wrong, but baked it anyway. The result was more of a lemon pudding, but still tasty. I shall be giving the proper recipe a go soon.

  • prolix June 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    Thank you for your ideas..very well thinking. Thank you again.

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