Citrus bars

Citrus bars

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(13 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 35 mins - 45 mins

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Makes 18
Crisp shortbread biscuit base with a creamy citrus curd baked onto the top

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per bar

  • kcal257
  • fat10g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs39g
  • sugars28g
  • fibre1g
  • protein3g
  • salt0.2g
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    For the base

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



      Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

    For the topping

    • 2 lemons and 1 large orange



      Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

    • 4 large eggs
    • 400g caster sugar
    • 50g plain flour


    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.

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    mevbuitenhuis's picture
    2nd Jan, 2013
    Fantastic recipe. Is already a favorite with us and so easy to make.
    22nd Nov, 2012
    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!
    16th Nov, 2012
    Made this today, but the topping wouldn't set. Any suggestions?
    16th Nov, 2012
    Made this today, but the topping wouldn't set. Any suggestions?
    16th Nov, 2012
    Made this today, but the topping wouldn't set. Any suggestions?
    blackbird17's picture
    14th Jul, 2012
    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!
    21st Jun, 2012
    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......
    21st Jun, 2012
    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!
    29th May, 2012
    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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