Zingy Lemon Bars – a gluten-free recipe and low FODMAP

Lemon Bars - a gluten-free recipe and low FODMAP
Everyone loves lemon, in savoury dishes as well as sweet. I certainly do. I wish I had a lemon tree but I don’t. Not that that prevents me from adding lemon to everything. This recipe was inspired by the Triple Citrus Dessert Bars created by Kristine at Real Food Girl Unmodified. She is a chef who believes passionately in real food with nothing adulterated – in other words, a girl after my own heart. Mine is the gluten-free version of the topping of her recipe with my own base.

I have a big birthday coming up  in a week and I have nothing planned – nothing at all. When my sister had her last big one, she and I went to Paris to be there for her birthday and we had a lovely time. This year, Adriano and I are going on a cruise in the Baltic sea in August after he races (mountain biking) in the International Masters in Norway. I can call that my celebration, can’t I? Even though it is five months later. My head is not in the birthday space right now – maybe if I was turning 30 it would be.

Zingy Lemon Bars
For the base:
  • 1 cup butter
  • ½ cup icing sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup rice flour
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • ¼ cup tapioca flour
For the topping:
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup cane sugar
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 1 tbsp tapioca flour
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 6 tbsp lemon juice
For the base:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together.
  3. Sift the flours and salt together.
  4. Mix the dry with the wet ingredients.
  5. Press into a buttered 20cm/8" baking dish.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
For the topping:
  1. Place everything in a food processor to mix well together.
  2. Pour over the baked but still hot base.
  3. Place back in the oven for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and cool before cutting into bars.
  5. Dust with icing sugar.

Lemon Bars - a gluten-free recipe and low FODMAP

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  1. says

    Lemon has my number. So these bars have it, too. 😉 Congrats on the forthcoming big birthday! I’d definitely say that cruise counts as a celebration! I’ve cruised the Baltic Sea before — wonderfully beautiful. Will you be spending time in St. Petersburg? Loads to see there.

    • says

      I love seeing beautiful landscape so much more than cities so I am sure I will enjoy it. I haven’t nailed down the cruise yet and must do that soon so I am not sure about St Petersburg. I hope so.

  2. says

    I think a birthday celebrated a few months after the date is perfectly acceptable – at least it delays the reality of the new age – it won’t be able to hit you until you’ve actually had your ‘proper’ celebration. Looking forward to hearing all about the cruise xx


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