• Luscious Leon lemon bars - a shortbread base with a lemon curd like topping baked right on.

Guest Post! Luscious Leon Lemon Squares

Ooo! Could I BE more excited? The bootiful Carrie, writer of The Patterned Plate blog (a permanent feature on my blogroll ;) ) has asked me to babysit her blog whilst she’s on her hols. I’m totally thrilled at the gesture and I hope my blog post does her justice. If I could only have one word to describe Carrie’s blog, I’d most definitely use the word “colourful” first. So here are some luscious lemon squares from the Leon books, with all the punchy vibrancy of a sunshine yellow fresh lemon.

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Read my full post here and do stop and read through one of the most fabulous blogs I’ve ever read. Perhaps make a batch of these wee sweet treats, pour a pot of tea and settle in as I’m sure you’ll want to stay a long time once you get there :)

Mwah – thank you Carrie. Enjoy your hols love xxx


Leon Lemon Squares
Servings: 24
: 190 kcal
Author: Just Jo
  • 280 g plain flour plus an extra 35g
  • 80 g icing sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 225 g butter
  • 4 free range eggs
  • 350 g sugar
  • 120 ml fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Icing sugar to finish
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C.
  2. Line a 30x20cm baking tin with foil or baking parchment.
  3. Pop the 280g flour, icing sugar, salt and cubed cool butter in a food processor and pulse until the dough starts coming together in moist clumps OR sift all the dry ingredients for the base together then rub in fridge cold butter with the tips of your fingers. Either way, tip your dough crumbs into your prepared baking tray and flatten with your hand or the base of a glass or measuring cup – it will be less than a 1cm thick at this point.
  4. Bake for 20-25mins or until golden and set, then remove from the oven but leave the heat on as you make the topping.
  5. For the topping, simply whisk together the caster sugar, zest and juice, eggs then sift over the flour and baking powder and stir to combine.
  6. Pour this runny batter over the shortbread base and return to the oven, baking for another 25-30 minutes until the topping has set and has no more than a hint of wibble wobble in the centre.
  7. Leave to go cold in the tin then dredge with icing sugar before slicing and serving.
  8. They keep well in a cool place (aka the fridge if you live in Doha!) in an airtight box for three days ;)
Recipe Notes

Adapted from Leon Baking & Puddings by Ptak & Dimbleby

Nutrition Facts
Leon Lemon Squares
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 174mg 7%
Potassium 51mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 9%
Sugars 18g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.5%
Vitamin C 2.3%
Calcium 1.7%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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By | 2018-02-19T20:28:20+00:00 August 5th, 2012|Categories: Easter Baking, Home Baking, Sweet Treats, Weekend Baking|Tags: , , , , , |6 Comments


  1. frugalfeeding 05/08/2012 at 20:52 - Reply

    That’s a cool idea – I shall check it out :D

  2. chefconnie 06/08/2012 at 01:17 - Reply

    Beautiful. I need to try this recipe. I follow Patterned Plate and agree it is wonderful.

    • Jo Blogs 06/08/2012 at 06:02 - Reply

      Do try it Connie – it’s wonderful and that comes from someone who normally gags at the sight of anything lemon based on a dessert menu ;)

  3. Camilla 08/08/2012 at 08:49 - Reply

    My husband loves Lemon Meringue Pie and this recipe sounds like it comes from the same stable sans the meringue – shortbread and lemon yum never come across this before so another one to add to the to do list! Welcome back Jo we’ve missed you!

    • Jo Blogs 08/08/2012 at 08:52 - Reply

      Aw thanks Camilla. I’ve never had a lemon meringue pie but these are soft, tender, sharp, sweet and melting. Bliss! Not to be missed ;)

  4. Lyn 21/09/2017 at 22:47 - Reply

    A friend at work made these and brought them in to share – absolutely delicious. Lemon is my choice of cake and these are the best I’ve tasted- thanks Amy.

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