Sunny Lemony Squares

As I got older I noticed that my taste changes. Some foods that I don't like before when I was a kid like peanut butter and lemons. Now seems so good to me like a comfort food! Yeah...Weird I know...
Few weeks ago, I bought a bunch of lemons. I have been contemplating what to make. I have a delicious Lemon Meringue Torte that I know my family loves because it is indeed delicious if I do say so myself. However, with Manila's hot summer there is no way that I can stand the heat that long because that dessert is very labor intensive. The next thing that I thought of making is Lemon Squares / Lemon Bars, it seems easy enough, right? Well... in a sense its indeed easy. I just had a hard time choosing from which books will I get the recipe. After days of deliberation I finally decided to use one from Tartine.
I'm actually amaze how easy this recipe is and the shortbread crust is excellent. The original recipe called for some pine nuts, but I did not have that handy so I used some walnuts instead. It added a nice crunch in the crust. The lemon layer is on the thin side which is great because I don't want it too tangy. For me it just add the right amount of zing when you bite into it.
As you can see I kinda got a bit carried away with the dusting of confectioner's sugar, but I find it too pretty and I love dusting it makes it more special and elegant.


I'm a nine to five pencil pusher who loves to play with flour and paper during my free time. Dreams of going to Europe and eat croissants and make pastries all day long!


  1. These lemon bars indeed look very pretty and catchy. Even i was thinking of baking something like these with my leftover lemons.. I think i'll try your recipe.

  2. Yeah Ramya, try this recipe from Tartine it's good

  3. i love lemon squares!

  4. i have been staring at this recipe in Tartine for quite a while now, wondering whether or not to bake it. after seeing this post, i'm definitely going to give it a try soon!