Walnut Lemon Bars

Walnut Lemon Bars

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I have always found these walnut lemon bars quite elegant and with a delicate flavor combination. Pairing chocolate with lemon and walnuts is by far one of the best combinations.


These bars are made with a walnut dense layer at the bottom followed by a lemony creamy layer in the middle and topped with chocolate ganache.

These walnut lemon bars remind me a lot of childhood as we used to make this recipe almost every year for Easter or Christmas. I wanted to share it with you too as Easter is approaching and I find this recipe quite refreshing and perfect for welcoming spring.


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  • Makes about 9-12 servings
  • Walnut Layer
  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tbsp (50g) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (75g) ground walnuts
  • 1/2 tsp (2g) salt
  • 2 tbsp (30g) sugar
  • 3 egg whites
  • zest of a lemon
  • Lemon Layer
  • 3 egg yolks
  • zest of a lemon
  • 1/2 cup (60g) powdered sugar
  • Chocolate Ganache
  • 4 oz (120g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (120g) whipping cream
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Slightly grease a 8x8 inch (20x20cm) square pan and line with parchment paper, in such a way that some edges overhang to make it easy to lift it up once it's set.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until creamy. Add walnuts, lemon zest and flour and mix well.
  3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Whip egg whites with salt until foamy. Gradually add 2 tbsp of sugar and whip until stiff peaks. Fold in egg whites into walnut mixture.
  4. Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile mix egg yolks with sugar and lemon zest until thick, creamy and pale yellow colored.
  6. Remove the walnut base from the oven and add yolks mixture on top of the cake and bake for another 10-15 minutes. Let it cool.
  7. Prepare chocolate ganache. Heat the cream in a small saucepan. When the cream just begins to boil at the edges, remove from heat and pour over the chopped chocolate. Let sit one minute, then stir until smooth.
  8. Spread the chocolate ganache on top of the cake. Let it set before serving.
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Nutrition facts 1 Serving - Calories:335, Fat:23.7g, Saturated Fat:10.8g, Unsaturated Fat:0.0g, Carbohydrates:29.2g, Sugar:22.6g, Fiber:1.6g, Protein:5.7g , Cholesterol:89mg, Sodium 225mg, Potassium 137mg, Vitamin A 9%, Vitamin C 1%, Calcium 3%, Iron 7%, daily percent values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
On April 18, 2017 at 01:35 am, super mario world said...
This looks amazing! I will definately give it a try! I hope I will manage as I am not a great cook!
On June 09, 2018 at 01:46 am, Lena said...
I tried it yesterday it tastes incredible! only one problem the chocolate ganache hasn’t set well, what should I add or reduce next time I prepare the chocolate ganache?

Hi Lena.

When  you put the chocolate ganache make sure is not to hot or it will not set well.

On July 28, 2018 at 01:55 pm, Erik said...
I just discovered that the fruit surrounding the walnut has a very strong lemon odour! (which was how I found this site - googling walnut+lemon) So not an illogical taste combination at all!

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