Whole lemon bars

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December 14, 2014 by dgarnett2013

Whole lemon bars: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman


Makes about 16 bars.



  • 125g plain flour
  • 65g sugar
  • 115g unsalted butter, cut into chunks, plus extra for greasing tin.


  • 1 small to medium lemon (about 130g) or a meyer lemon
  • 265g sugar
  • 115g unsalted butter, cut into chunks
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tabs cornflour
  • ¼ tsp table salt


Preheat oven to 180℃.

Cut two lengths of parchment paper and line 20cm x 20cm baking tin so that two pieces are perpendicular to each other, to create a sling. Lightly butter exposed parts of parchment paper.

Make the crust: 

Blend the flour, sugar and salt together in a food processor.

Add the butter and pulse until the mixture is powdery, but if firmly pinched, will hold the pinched shape.

Turn the dough crumbs into the prepared baking tin and press the dough evenly across the bottom and about 1cm up the sides. Prick the dough all over with a fork and bake for 20mins or until lightly browned. Should any parts bubble up, gently prick them again with a fork. Leave the oven on.


Make the filling: 

Cut the lemon in half and check how thick the pith is. If it’s less than 5mm use the whole lemon. If it’s thicker, remove the skin from half the lemon (second half, even thick is fine).

Cut lemon halves into thin ring and discard any seeds.

Toss the lemon rounds – flesh and peel – into food processor, add the sugar and run the machine until the lemon is thoroughly pureed, about 2 mins.

Add the butter and run the machine again until the mixture is smooth, scraping down the sides of the work bowl as needed.

Add the eggs, cornflour and salt and pulse the machine in short bursts until the mixture is evenly combined.

Pour the lemon mixture over the crust and bake it for 35 to 40 mins, or until the filling is set – it should only jiggle slightly. Lemon bars should also start to get very light brown on top.

Let the tin cool completely, then use the parchment sling to transfer bars from tin to cutting board. Cut into 16 squares.

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