These lemon bars with shortbread crust are perfectly sweet and tangy, a burst of sunny lemony flavour in every bite.
I have been professing my love for lemony desserts from the beginning (if there was a club, I would be president). And I think every self-proclaimed lemon dessert lover like me would (should) have a beloved lemon bar recipe in their arsenal. Here’s mine.
Crust to Filling Ratio
Now the crust-to-filling ratio for lemon bars is a real thing. It’s a serious topic of discussion among lemon…connoisseurs. Some people like it 20% crust, 80% filling. Others want it the other way around. This recipe is approximately 40-60. You get an almost equal amount of buttery shortbread crust to complement the sweet-tangy lemon filling. I’m no expert (I just love lemons) but to me, that is perfect.
Lemon bars with shortbread crust
And yes, shortbread crust is a must. I tried graham cracker crust once and the filling just bled into the crust; it was one soggy mess. This buttery shortbread crust, on the other hand, is sturdy enough to hold the filling together but doesn’t get too hard (you bake it twice) that you risk breaking your teeth as you bite into it.
Chewy is the way to go
Because lemon bars must be chewy and not hard and crispy. To achieve that, do not over bake. Take them out as soon as they look set (I always take mine out at the 30-minute mark). They will look underdone and way too jiggly but they will continue to harden as they cool and become the chewy lemon bar you’re craving for.
Little bars of sunshine
Lemon bars go perfectly with everything. They’re great with tea. After a meal. For a picnic. Warmer weather is finally here so we’re very excited to bust our bikes out of storage and go for our first bike ride of the season. Guess what I will have in my bike basket (yes, I have one of those girly girl Dutch bikes don’t judge me)? Lemon bars with shortbread crust (naturally).
I get so hungry just talking about this. So go ahead and try this beloved recipe. And bask in the sunshine while you’re at it.
(This recipe adapted from All Recipes).
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