Citrus bars

Citrus bars

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 35 mins - 45 mins

Skill level

Moderately easy

Servings

Makes 18

Crisp shortbread biscuit base with a creamy citrus curd baked onto the top

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition info

Nutrition per bar

kcalories
257
protein
3g
carbs
39g
fat
10g
saturates
6g
fibre
1g
sugar
28g
salt
0.2g

Ingredients

For the base

  • 250g plain flour
  • 85g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 175g butter, cut into small pieces

For the topping

  • 2 lemons and 1 large orange
  • 4 large eggs
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 50g plain flour

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line the base and sides of a shallow rectangular tin (about 23 x 33cm) with baking parchment, snipping the corners so that it comes up the sides of the tin. Tip the flour, sugar and butter into a food processor and whizz until it forms fine crumbs. Tip into the prepared tin and smoothly level with the back of a metal spoon, pressing it down lightly. Bake for 20-25 mins until pale golden.
  2. To make the topping, finely grate the zest from the lemons and orange and squeeze out all the juice. Measure the juice – you need 120ml. Whisk together the eggs and sugar using an electric whisk for 1 min, then add the citrus zest and juices, and whisk again briefly. Sift in the flour and whisk well to mix. Pour over the shortbread and bake for 15-20 mins until the topping has just set. Cool completely in the tin, then lift out of the tin using the lining paper. Dust thickly with icing sugar and cut into 3 down the length and 6 across to make 18 bars.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, June 2012

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a13xandra's picture

Very nice, but the topping could have been a bit sharper for my taste. Maybe all lemon and less sugar would've been better. It was very nice straight from the freezer too. A bit messy to transport if you were making it for a sale.

melzie's picture
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I made this today and my family loved it. I took on board your comments and only put in 250kg of sugar. I also used just Lemons instead.
It really is lovely and the top set fine even though I thought it was runny when I put it on!
Give it a go, you won't be disappointed.

leeyunfen's picture
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I usually don't like to eat slices because they are too sweet for me. So I tried to reduce sugar (about 2/5 amount of the topping) in this recipe and it works fine and keeps the tangy taste. Thanks for the recipe.

minkyminou's picture
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These were yummy but I cannot believe the amount of sugar in the ingredients - surely this is a typo?!! I used 300g thinking 400 seemed a lot and this was still much too sweet for me, so I was loathed to pour more icing sugar all over the top (but I feel it needs it for the presentation) - I'll go with 200g next time. The topping also came out a bit 'cakey' rather than lemon curd, as my oven cooks things quite fast. I'll cut down on the flour next time though and see if this helps. There is a similar recipe on here, but called 'lemon bars' - I think I'll follow that recipe next time for the topping. That uses 200g sugar and only 25g flour. You really just need to cut these into bite sized pieces as they are very sweeeeet and rich.

oyaorlova's picture
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very easy recipe. the only thing i changed was that i added only 200 g of sugar instead of 400 g and it was better, not too sweet, just right. the only thing was that i added red oranges instead of normal ones and they didn't add enough flavour. maybe next time i'l go with 3 eggs instead of 4.

sandiedearlove1's picture

No stars from me! It was way too sweet! What a waste of good ingredients. I was really disappointed as I have used many of Mary's recipes in the past and they have always been very reliable and good

stormgirl's picture
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Not impressed really, I usually love good food recipes and use them lots . This is far too sweet, not lemony enough. I only used 300g of sugaring the top , 3 eggs and 150 ml of juice.....having read other comments. It worked as in it all set etc but after tasting I couldn't put icing on top as well as it would have been even sweeter. Would have been better to make home made lemon curd on shortbread biscuits. Not the best recipe.

food05's picture

Really good and easy! There was quite a bit of curd compared to the base and was extremely sweet! Other than that it was really good!

mevbuitenhuis's picture

Fantastic recipe. Is already a favorite with us and so easy to make.

joejoynatnic's picture
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I've tried loads of recipes on this site, and as a busy Mum of 3 children under 5 I never normally leave a comment. But WOW! These are absolutely divine, and you get 18 of them! Everyone who tried them asked for the recipe and my son is begging me that we make them again today, (its baking day). So we're off to make more, if you're wondering if this recipe is worth it, stop wondering and go and make them, you won't be disappointed.

One change we made was according to the citrus fruit available, I used two lemons and two limes. Very refreshing!

emmasophia's picture

Made this today, but the topping wouldn't set. Any suggestions?

emmasophia's picture

Made this today, but the topping wouldn't set. Any suggestions?

emmasophia's picture

Made this today, but the topping wouldn't set. Any suggestions?

blackbird17's picture
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These were okay but there was way too much curd which made them very sticky. I might try it again with a reduced amount of juice. Also I couldn't sift icing sugar over them as they were already so sweet that they made your teeth ache!

jo@twtechnology.co.uk's picture
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Sorry 5 stars is just not enough for this, so add some more of my own
5 + **** only one way to describe this a divine slice of heaven. Made as recipe states wouldn't change a thing. If this is heaven take me now, save me clearing up......

louisebristol's picture
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My friend made these for group of girls after seeing them in the good food magazine. Everybody loved them. They were easy to make and something really different, great with a cup of tea in the afternoon!

juliamccartney's picture
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Really easy and delicious. I would prefer it a little more tart so I would probably reduce the sugar next time. Looked great with the icing sugar on top.

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