Walnut Lemon Bars

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April 4, 2017

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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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.
Servings 12 servings
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients
  

Walnut Layer

  • 1/2 cup (113g) butter , room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
  • 1/3 cup + 1tbsp (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

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Slightly grease a 8×8 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.
  • In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until creamy. Add walnuts, lemon zest and flour and mix well.
  • 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.
  • Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile mix egg yolks with sugar and lemon zest until thick, creamy and pale yellow colored.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Spread the chocolate ganache on top of the cake. Let it set before serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gSugar: 22.6gCholesterol: 89mgCalories: 335kcalSaturated Fat: 10.8gFat: 23.7gProtein: 5.7gCarbohydrates: 29.2g
Calories: 335kcal
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate lemon bars, chocolate recipes, Easter recipes, lemon desserts, walnut lemon bars
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,

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  1. super mario world Author says:

    This looks amazing! I will definately give it a try!
    I hope I will manage as I am not a great cook!

  2. Lena Author says:

    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?

    1. Ella-HomeCookingAdventure Author says:

      Hi Lena.

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

  3. Erik Author says:

    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!

  4. Lisa Author says:

    Hello, I want to make that… it’s really very tempting.
    Can I make 2 days earlier? Do I need to put in the freeze?
    Thanks a lot

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