Lemon Bars in the Round

I have been testing various lemon desserts.  When I found this one on Tastespotting, I was immediately attracted to it.  Why you ask?  Because this particular lemon “bar” does not require making a curd.  No curd, you say.  I am IN!. With that said, this recipe took 20 minutes to assemble.  And 20 minutes is the perfect amount of time when uninvited guest show up at your door, on a weeknight!  This is being added to my repertoire and I am insisting that it is added to yours as well!

Classic Lemon Bars


1 cup plus 2 Tbls. flour
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbls. icing sugar
8 Tbls. cold, unsalted butter, cubed
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. baking powder
pinch of sea salt


• preheat oven to 350*
• in a small bowl combine 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup icing sugar.  cut in the butter until it resembles coarse meal ( i used my food processor).  

•press evenly into the bottom of an un-greased 8″ round pan. poke holes with a fork.
• bake about 15 minutes, until light golden. remove from oven and set aside
• in the work bowl of an electric mixer,beat the eggs until frothy.  add the sugar.  add the lemon zest and the lemon juice, beat at high speed for 10 minutes.  the mixture should be smooth and thick.
• mix the flour and the baking
• in a bowl, combine the baking powder, salt and 2 Tbls. of flour and gradually add in the egg mixture.
• pour into the baked crust and bake for about 20-25 minutes until set and lightly browned.  cool on a wire rack. when cool, sift with powdered sugar, cut into wedges and eat!

The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com

Showing 17 comments
  • Jess--Sugar High

    Looks great! I love the simplicity of this recipe 🙂

  • ~Lisa~

    I love lemon bars! The tartness and sweetness is so yummy. This recipe sounds fantastic!

  • George@CulinaryTravels

    Your take on this dessert looks gorgeous. Thanks for the trackback too 🙂

  • Carolyn

    I can always use a quick easy dessert recipe! Many thanks for test-driving it.

  • allison [a for aubergine]

    My mouth waters for lemon bars. I made grapefruit bars over the summer and they were a hit with my friends! Didn’t blog about ’em though…next time.

  • Adrienne

    This is actually one of my favorite desserts! Love that photo.

  • Eliana

    You had me at 20! Will definitely have to give these a try very soon.

  • Cathy @ ShowFoodChef

    Love it, must try it! Your pics are beautiful!

  • Kim

    These lemon bars looks so good, plus it’s so cool that you don’t have to prepare a curd! I’m putting this recipe in my to do list!

  • foodess

    If I had a lemon, I would make it this very instant! Looks fresh and delicious.

  • marla {family fresh cooking}

    These lemon bars are gorgeous! So bright and cheery, bet they taste wonderful 🙂

  • kitchenreport

    Oh wow, these look fabulous! Great photo.

  • blackbookkitchendiaries

    oh my these are really pretty:) i am in love!

  • M.

    I love how easy this recipe sounds 🙂

  • The Urban Baker

    Hi Everyone,I love hearing from all of you!Jess – it is soooo simple!Lisa – the fusion of tart and sweet is a winner!George – thanks for the inspirationCarolyn – quick and easy, we all need a little of that!Allison – grapefruit! that sounds fantastic!Adrienne – lemon bars are a fan favoriteEliana-please do and let me know how they turn outCathy – thank you for the kudos!Kim – no curd, now that’s “a good thing”Foodess- they are all that, fresh + deliciousMarla – I didn’t try them but I heard they were fabby!Kitchenreport – I will be making them againBlackbook- they are a must makeM – they are as easy as they look.Thank you all for reading and sharing!

  • Sophia

    I’ve seen so many recipes lately for lemon desserts! So far, I think yours must be the best! The other one I really like is Ina Garten’s Lemon Yogurt Cake. What do you think? Thanks again for sharing this delicious lemon recipe!

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