Lemon Bars

A blissful dessert all on its own, these lemon bars are even better with a Lemon Curd filling.

Makes: 20 bars Total Time: 10 Minutes Difficulty: Intermediate

Lemon Bar Crust

  • 290 g (2 cups + 6 Tablespoons) plain flour, divided use
  • 100 g (½ cup) caster sugar
  • 225 g (1 cup) butter
  1. To make the crust, heat oven to 175°C (350°F).
  2. Place 160g (1¼ cups) of the flour, 115g (½ cup) of the butter and 55g (¼ cup) of the sugar into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
  3. Select Variable 6.
  4. Use the On/Off switch to quickly pulse 5 times. Remove lid, scrape down the sides of the container and around the blades, then replace the lid and pulse 5 additional times.
  5. Spoon the contents of the Vitamix container into a 33 cm X 23 cm (13-inch X 9-inch) pan.
  6. Repeat the same process with the remaining flour, butter and sugar.
  7. Press the flour mixture into the pan evenly and bake for 20 minutes, until just golden brown. Place pan on a wire rack.

Lemon Curd Filling

  • 120 ml (½ cup) lemon juice
  • 5 large eggs
  • 335 g (1½ cup) caster sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of 3 lemons
  • 110 g (½ cup) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  1. Place lemon juice, eggs, sugar, salt and zest into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
  2. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
  3. Blend for 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce speed to Variable 5 and remove the lid plug. Add butter, 1 piece at a time, through the lid plug opening incorporating butter completely between additions.
  5. Replace the lid plug and increase speed to Variable 10.
  6. Blend for 30 seconds.
  7. Pour the custard over the crust and allow to chill before serving or allow to cool slightly and serve at room temperature.