It is almost that time of year again and I am revisiting my favorite classic dessert recipes and trying out new ones as well. I have a classic all-time favorite sweet treat to share with you today – citrus bars. Lemon bars may be the most common, but citrus bars have the combined flavors of citrus fruit like lemon, lime and orange.
The original recipe is from Good Housekeeping. This is the only recipe for citrus bars I have ever tried, so I do not know how it compares with other citrus/lemon bar recipes. But believe me when I say this is very easy and absolutely delicious.
Sometimes I make them with just lemon zest and juice, sometimes with lemon and orange; because very rarely do I remember to get all three citrus fruits at the same time! So, I suppose as long as you maintain the overall juice to zest ratio, it will be fine. It will work with only limes too if you like a sharper, more tart flavor. But personally, I love the sweetness fresh oranges bring to these bars.
The crust is way easier than a traditional pie crust or shortbread and the filling comes together very quick as well. You just cannot go wrong.
This is a good basic recipe to have on hand for the upcoming Holiday season.
I usually bake a large batch of these bars every winter around Christmas. The oranges are sweet and fresh, and orange infused desserts make a sunny addition to the dessert table.
The following recipe is for citrus bars using oranges and limes.
You will need:
For the crust,
- All purpose flour – 1 1/2 cup
- Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Unsalted butter – 3/4 cup
For the citrus filling,
- Eggs – 3, large
- Sugar – 1 cup
- All purpose flour – 3 tbsp
- Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
- Salt – 1/2 tsp
- Fresh orange juice – 3 tbsp
- Fresh lime juice – 3 tbsp
- Orange zest – 3/4 tsp
- Lime zest – 3/4 tsp
- Powdered sugar – 1-2 tbsp, for dusting
- Pre-heat the oven to 350 deg.F. Line a 9×13 baking pan and grease thoroughly with vegetable oil or melted butter.
- In a medium mixing bowl, mix the dry ingredients for the crust together with a whisk. Cut the cold butter in to little pieces and cut in to the flour-sugar mixture. You can use a pastry cutter, a food processor or just your fingers. Work fast to make a crumbly sand-like mixture.
- Tip in to the baking pan and press down firmly to form a nice crust. Bake for 20 minutes or till lightly golden.
- When the crust is baking, juice and zest the fruit and prepare the filling. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs on high speed for 2 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and beat on low speed till just blended.
- Pour filling over the hot baked crust. Bake for around 15 minutes or the filling is just set and golden around the edges.
- Place pan on wire rack and cool for 5-8 minutes. Dust with powdered sugar while still warm and cool completely in pan.
- When cool, remove from foil and slice in to bars with a large, sharp knife.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Use this as a basic recipe for lemon bars (or just orange bars or lime bars), or any combination of citrus fruit you like to use. Just remember to use a total of 6 tbsp freshly squeezed juice and around 1 1/2 tsp zest.
This is such a delicious and easy recipe. It brings in all your favorite citrus flavors together in a tangy, sweet and delicious mouthful.
Do you like lemon and citrus bars? Try this recipe and let me know how you like it!
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