Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Zesty Lemon Bars

OK! now this is my first ever Blog event that i m participating in and trust me i m just so excited about it. I did have to rack my brain but the best part is It turned out YUM!! :) well that's the result one always wants and gets often if you do it with all your heart :)
Coming to the challenge, this event is hosted by Madhuram
You can find more details here
Well the recipe that you have to create should be using egg and u have to replace egg with silken tofu.
Honestly Ive read a lot of recipes using tofu which are sweet and i never read the recipe further after seeing tofu being used in it :) i could never imagine tofu being used in a dessert, so this one was a big apprehension for me.
I never have eaten eggs or used eggs so i have no clue that how would my recipe taste with eggs, all i know is i have seen this being baked on a Japanese channel with eggs , Also not knowing the language well i could make out just a few obvious ingredients in it one of which was egg, but it looked so tempting that i had to try it and i thank Madhuram for giving me this opportunity, so here is my version of Zesty Lemon Bars using silken tofu :)
It was fun baking this and the best thing i love about these bars is the "tangyness" of it .
2 cups +2 Tbs all-purpose flour
2 Tbs Sugar
1/3 cup margarine or unsalted butter

2 Tbs Silken Tofu
3/4th cup sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
2Tbs fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs rind grated
1/2 tsp baking powder

In a bowl mix in flour, butter and sugar, mix well with both hands to form a crumbly texture.
Once mixed well press it into a greased and dusted baking tin, bake in a pre-heated oven for about 20 min or until light golden brown.
This recipe can fit well into a 8inch tin well.

For the filling :
In small bowl mix in all the filling ingredients and using ur comfortable device mix well. I put all the ingredients in a blender and blended until i got a smooth paste like texture. Once blended well pour the mixture into the crust and bake for about 30 min or until light golden. Cool and cut into squares/bars.
Ive used orange along with lemon to balance out the sourness and bitterness of lemon's. It gives a more intense taste along with a mild sweetness :)
Me being my impatient self i could not wait to taste so i de-moulded it white hot, and ended up with creased top.
To conclude with my understanding of tofu as a egg re-placer is AMAZING. Some issues come along with it like it leaves the end result a little moist and soggy, while a egg would make it more fluffy and light. While beating the mix with tofu it does not emulsify like a egg would.Well for people like me tofu as a replacement is a Boon! :)


  1. Mahima, thank you very much for participating in the event. I really appreciate your effort. The lemon bars look very good and I love your style of step by step photo presentation. Keep up the good work.

    Your observation reg. tofu is also absolutely right. The end product is very moist and heavy and not light/fluffy. But I guess it's ok. The same holds good for the pound cake too.

  2. Hi, you have not mentioned the oven temperature here too!

  3. Si\orry again
    temp is 180 deg C