Lemon Curd Crumble Bars

These deliciously zingy, lemon curd crumble bars are to die for. Bright and tangy lemon curd sandwiched between a buttery biscuit base and a nutty, oaty crumble layer. Simply brew up a pot of Earl Grey and enjoy.

These deliciously zingy, lemon curd crumble bars are to die for. Bright and tangy lemon curd sandwiched between a buttery biscuit base and a nutty, oaty crumble layer. Simply brew up a pot of Earl Grey and enjoy.

Cake pit stops are vital for any day out, don’t you agree?  For me, it simply isn’t a successful outing if we haven’t stopped for a spot of tea and cake.  A few weeks ago, Kris and I were on one of our many antique hunting trips (I saw we, I mean me while he follows me through dusty piles of vintage kitchenware, grumbling under his breath) when we passed the cutest little cake shop.  Obviously it’s against the law to be British and ignore tea and cake so in we went.  Instantly my eyes went straight to a pile of lemon curd crumble bars. Not other cake mattered to me in that instance, this was the sweet treat for me. So I ordered myself a bar and a cup of Earl Grey (Kris had something mile high and covered with chocolate, standard) and settled down by the window to enjoy my spoils.  Needless to say, dear reader, it was crap! It tasted like it had been sat out since the dawn of time, cardboard would have packed a better punch than this sorry affair.  Is there anything more disappointing?   I left, deflated and unsatisfied, with a solemn vow never to return and to make my own version at home. A version that is not, indeed, crap.  Well, I think I nailed it!

These deliciously zingy, lemon curd crumble bars are to die for. Bright and tangy lemon curd sandwiched between a buttery biscuit base and a nutty, oaty crumble layer. Simply brew up a pot of Earl Grey and enjoy.

A super buttery shortbread base, laced with lemon zest topped with creamy lemon curd before an oaty, crumble layer is added. Screw your cardboard cakes, this sucker has lemony goodness in every mouthful.

These deliciously zingy, lemon curd crumble bars are to die for. Bright and tangy lemon curd sandwiched between a buttery biscuit base and a nutty, oaty crumble layer. Simply brew up a pot of Earl Grey and enjoy.

I just love these lemon curd crumble bars, not only are they super simple to make but I always seem to have the ingredients to hand. I mean, if you don’t constantly have a jar of lemon curd in your cupboard, can we even be friends?

Love a lemony bake, check out some of my other lemon based recipes: Lemon Zucchini Loaf / Lemon Meringue Pie / Lemon Madeleines

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Lemon Curd Crumble Bars


  • Author: Katie Deacon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 12
  • Category: Baking
  • Cuisine: British

Description

These deliciously zingy, crumbly bars are to die for. Bright and tangy lemon curd sandwiched between a buttery biscuit base and a nutty, oaty crumble layer. Simply brew up a pot of Earl Grey and enjoy.


Ingredients

For the biscuit base:

  • 170g unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 285g plain flour
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp baking powder
  • 1 large free range egg
  • 1 lemon, zested

For the crumble layer:

  • 50g unsalted butter, cold and diced
  • 20g demerera sugar
  • 25g rolled oats
  • 25g flaked almonds
  • 25g walnuts, chopped
  • 1 jar of best quality lemon curd

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C, grease and line a 22cm square tin with baking parchment. In a food processor, pulse together the butter and flour until soft crumbs form. Stir in the caster sugar and salt, then remove 1 /3 of the mixture and set aside in a bowl.
  2. Add the baking powder, egg and lemon zest to the remaining mixture in the food processor and continue to pulse until combined. Tip into the baking tin and press down to form an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes, then allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add the demerara sugar, oats and nuts to the reserved mixture with the butter and add 1tbsp water. Using your fingers rub the butter into the dry mixture until it’s all nice and chunky.
  4. Spread the lemon curd over the biscuit base, then top with the crumble mixture. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly golden. Remove and allow to cool completely in the tin.
  5. Remove from the tin and slice into bars.

Notes

These bars last for up to 4 days if kept in a air tight tin.

If lemon curd isn’t your thing, try substituting with a different flavoured curd, or jam.

17 Comments

  1. BavarianSojourn
    June 1, 2018 / 6:35 am

    These look incredible. Funnily enough, I am not a huge lemon lover in anything but CAKE, then I love it! Definitely going to attempt to make them, maybe even this weekend!! 🙂

  2. Melanie Williams
    June 1, 2018 / 10:13 am

    These tasty treats look fab. Ideal to serve with iced tea or lemonade x

  3. Helen J
    June 1, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    Oo these look delicious and something my husband would love! Must make these for his birthday, thank you 🙂

  4. Marie Blake
    June 1, 2018 / 6:11 pm

    I love lemon curd!! I need to make these – Lemon is one of your 5 a day right…

  5. Rhian Westbury
    June 1, 2018 / 7:01 pm

    Lemon curd is one of my favourite flavours so these sound so yummy x

  6. Mummy...Mummy.....MUM!!
    June 1, 2018 / 7:45 pm

    They look amazing. I'd forgotton how much I love lemon curd!

  7. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    June 2, 2018 / 6:51 am

    I love citrus flavours in bakes. These look yummy!

  8. Elizabeth
    June 2, 2018 / 10:01 am

    These sound fantastic! I'm a big fan of lemon curd, I love it's zesty flavour.

  9. Art Vego by Trixilie and Bea
    June 2, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    Your crumble bars look amazing!!! We wouldn´t be able to wait until they are completely cool. I think we would eat the still warm crumble bars with a bit of selfmade coconut ice cream Mmmmhhh… what a great picture…. nom nom nom ;)Hugs and KissesTrixilie & Bea

  10. Wendy
    June 2, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    I have to say, I really really don’t like lemon curd but my husband LOVES the stuff, might make him these as a treat xx

  11. Kirsty Ralph
    June 3, 2018 / 1:16 pm

    I love lemon curd but I would never have thought to use it as a base for a crumble bar. This would be great for a post work out snack. I will be given these a go now

  12. Dena Jayne
    June 3, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    Oo these look and sound delicious! I do love home made treats!

  13. A Day In The Life Of A Mum Of 6
    June 3, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    I adore lemon curd so these sound fab to me they also look amazing 🙂

  14. Stephanie Moore
    June 4, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Yep those look amazing! I am adding that to my list of things to make for sure

  15. Jenni
    June 6, 2018 / 7:37 am

    These sound like Heaven on a plate – I love anything lemony. Will need to try making a GF version.

  16. Lucy Melissa Smith
    June 6, 2018 / 8:31 pm

    DEFINITELY making these! I adore lemon curd and these look so tasty and comforting! x

  17. Lauren Davis
    June 6, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    These look delish ! I love anything Lemony, pinned for later!

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