We’re big lemon and citrus curd lovers here at the Culinary Cartel. So it stands to reason that lemon bars – the lemon tart’s sassy little cousin – would be a firm fave. And so they are! These lemon bars have got it all.
As a modern and sophisticated update to the classic, these zingy little bars feature flaky, short pastry, heapings of tangy lemon curd, and are finished with a light sprinkling of sugar and salt. Utterly sublime!
To make these divine lemon bars, you will need only supermarket staple ingredients, a bit of patience, and plenty of butter! This recipe requires 10 basic ingredients and is ready in about 90 minutes.
This recipe makes about 24 bars, so it’s perfect to make for a special event or as a gift and will last for five days or so in the fridge. However, they are best enjoyed fresh, so don’t feel guilty if you scoff them as soon as they’re cool enough!
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why do we use olive oil to make the lemon bars?
Olive oil adds refreshing bitterness to this dish, which contrasts against the sweetness, saltiness and tanginess of the lemon bars. This enables these flavours to stand out more, adding complexity and deliciousness!
Why sprinkle them with sea salt?
As with the olive oil, the addition of sea salt flakes enhances the flavour, elevating the lemon curd flavour.
How long can I keep the lemon bars?
They will keep covered in the refrigerator for about five days. However, they are best enjoyed within 24 hours of baking.