Lemon and coconut bars

June 14, 2016 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Lemon and coconut bars recipe

When life gives you lemons… Use them to add their distinctive zing to dishes. These lemon and coconut bars are a real refreshing treat!

Lemon and coconut bars

Serves: Makes about 25
Cooking Time: 1 hr 20 mins


  • Base

  • 310g butter
  • 85g icing sugar + extra, to dust
  • 400g cake flour
  • pinch salt
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 60g desiccated coconut
  • Filling

  • 2 x 385g tins condensed milk
  • 7 egg yolks
  • 5ml (1 tsp) salt
  • zest and juice of 4 lemons
  • sea salt flakes, to sprinkle



Line a 30cm-square baking tray with baking paper and set aside until needed.


For the base, cream together the butter and icing sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until light and creamy. Add the remaining base ingredients and mix on a low speed until just combined. Flatten the dough with your hands and press into the prepared tray right to the edges on all sides. Refrigerate to chill, at least 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C.


Blind-bake the base until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin.


For the filling, mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Pour the mixture over the crust and bake until set, 30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Cut the bars into 7cm x 4cm rectangles, dust with icing sugar and sprinkle with a pinch of salt flakes to serve.

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