Sticky Lemon Shortbread

, from Issue #43. August, 2015
Photography by Aaron McLean.
Sticky Lemon Shortbread

It’s hard to stop at one piece of this irresistible lemon shortbread!


120 grams butter, soft but not melted
¼ cup icing sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
finely grated zest 1 lemon
¾ cup plain flour
¼ cup ground almonds
pinch of salt

Lemon topping
4 eggs
2 cups caster sugar
¼ cup plain flour
finely grated zest 3 lemons
2/3 cup lemon juice – about 4 lemons

24 cm x 24 cm cake tin – greased and lined fully with baking paper


Preheat the oven to 170˚C.

Shortbread: Beat the butter, icing sugar, vanilla and lemon zest until very light and fluffy.

Add the flour, ground almonds and salt and mix until just combined.

Press into the tin and bake for 15 minutes until golden and firm.

Topping: Whisk the eggs, sugar and flour in a large bowl until smooth then whisk in the lemon zest and juice until well combined.

Pour over the shortbread and bake for 25-30 minutes until the filling is set and golden. Cool.

To serve: Cut into bars and dust with icing sugar. Makes 15 pieces