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Miracle Lemon Bars Recipe

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by Helenonthesofa (subscribe)
Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published August 25th 2012
Your cooking will be in demand if you cook these treats
I call these miracle lemon bars, because every time I make them, I find it a miracle that they always turn out fine. When you make it for the first time, you'll know what I mean by this; when you pour the gooey lemon mix in and then miraculously it all sets perfectly. Magic. I should also call these miracle lemon bars because it would be a miracle if a batch of these lasts longer than a day in my household; my husband and son devour these the moment that they are set.

Miracle Lemon Bars
Mouthwatering yummyness

I've been lucky enough to be given surplus lemons from friends and family recently, so I've been making batches of these most weeks. They're a deliciously light and buttery bite; great for an afternoon tea and easy peasy for the cooking novice hoping to bake a sweet treat to impress.

For the base:
250g butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
2 cups plain flour

For the filling:
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
1/4 cup plain flour
Juice of 2 ripe lemons

Optional: Icing sugar

You'll need a 9x13 inch baking pan/flapjack tray

What To Do:

- Preheat oven to 175 degrees C
- Line pan/tray
- Blend together softened butter, flour and sugar. You can do this in a mixer or by hand.
- Press the blended ingredients into the bottom of your 9x13 inch pan
- Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Oven temperatures do vary so check to ensure that the the base is firm and golden. Once out of the oven, set aside to cool. (keep the oven on)

Miracle Lemon Bars
Firm and golden

- In a clean bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust. It's at this stage you start to question whether this will all work out, but have faith.
- Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the oven.

Miracle Lemon Bars
This gooey mix will set, I promise (ahem, let's overlook the state of my oven)

- Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Don't panic at this point, the bars will firm up as they cool.

When the biscuits have cooled, cut into squares and watch them disappear. I like to dust my bars with icing sugar, but this is purely optional.

Miracle Lemon Bars
From humble beginnings you can create these tasty treats

Tip: For the artistic amongst you, before cutting the bars grab some icing sugar, and some decorators stencils to lightly dust the top of the bars with some pretty patterns.

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Your Comment
They are lovely. A perfect mix of sweetness of sugar and sourness of the lemon. Mine are cooling down and will be perfect for sweet saturday treat ;-) Well done!
by Joanna Sopylo-Firrisa (score: 1|23) 2643 days ago
These are fab! I made them at the weekend and they were all gobbled up that day. Thanks for the recipe!
by Sue Williams (score: 2|847) 3066 days ago
Thanks. This recipe looks brilliant. I can't wait to try it! I have a 7 year old daughter who devours my lemon butter as quickly as I can make it. This might fill her up a bit.
by joper (score: 0|4) 3075 days ago
Will certaInly give this a try (love anything lemon) but with 250 gms of butter and 2 cups of sugar, it will be a once in a blue moon treat!
by Brum (score: 1|21) 3073 days ago
These look sensational, and i'm looking forward to making them. I guess larger cut squares would make a great dessert served with greek yoghurt, cream, or even cottage cheese? Yum!
by e_law (score: 2|438) 3069 days ago
i made these today for father's day. Instead of using all sugar, i cut the calories and sugar by heaps using Stevia. For the base I used 1/4 cup Stevia. For the topping I used 1/4 cup plus 2 dessertspoons stevia and 1/2 cup caster sugar. Worked out perfectly - great flavour. If you like a super sweet topping try1/2 cup stevia, 1/2 cup caster sugar. The recipe is super easy, flavoursome and fail proof!
by e_law (score: 2|438) 3069 days ago
I love the sound of these How many do you get from the batch?
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3065 days ago
Bryony, it depends how big you cut them. The last time I made them I cut slices just bigger than bite sized and I got 36 slices. Enjoy!
by Helenonthesofa (score: 2|661) 3064 days ago
You could use stevia instead of sugar to make them a little healthier, less calories.
by e_law (score: 2|438) 3069 days ago
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