Early Spring Citrus Bars

Spring is in the air! I realized that when I woke up this morning to the sound of grass cutters and birds chirping. It would have been a better morning if I hadn’t woke up to my {male} dog strategically sitting on my hand. But I’m not going to go there; I’m just not.

I woke up craving citrus. I wanted something light and fruity and then I remembered I had a pomelo in the kitchen I needed to do something with. I’m not a fan of grapefruit but do enjoy the tartness on occasion; pomelo is a wonderful substitute. My goal was to find something light and fitting to the day; spring worthy. To do this I went on a hunt for pomelo recipes but was disappointed with my findings. Most what I found were recipes for salads – I wanted a dessert.


I did find a recipe for Pomelo Citrus Bars over at The Kitchn which looked fantastic so I knew it was possible. I decided I wanted to make a Early Spring Citrus Bars. I got busy making my crust, which was a basic shortbread crust. I used a 9×13 inch dish since I couldn’t find anything else (it’s a mess down there!) I put the crust in the oven for 20 minutes and went to work on the filling. Now, I know a lot of people prefer the no bake filling for lemon bars, but I absolutely love that little bit of crispness on the top of mine.


Once the crust had baked and the filling was ready it was time to put that baby in the oven. After about 5 minutes in the oven the entire kitchen had a beautiful yet light citrus aroma; oh it was divine! The next part was the hardest, letting them cool before cutting into them. I did make sure to put some powdered sugar on top before it cooled. This gives it a little more adhesiveness as opposed to putting it on there cold.  When I finally did get to cut into them they were absolutely perfect with just the right amount of chewiness. The orange zest helped enhance the pomelo flavor without overpowering it – that was the goal.

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Early Spring Citrus Bars
Author: Amber
  • [b]CRUST:[/b]
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pomelo zest
  • [b]FILLING:[/b]
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup pomelo juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • Powdered sugar for dusting
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°.
  2. In a medium – large bowl, combine the crust ingredients thoroughly; making sure to evenly spread out the butter.
  3. Press the crust mixture into a 9×13 (or whatever is handy) baking dish. Get the crust as smooth and even as possible, making sure there are no cracks.
  4. Bake the crust for 25 minutes.
  5. In a medium bowl beat 3 eggs into the sugar. Carefully add the corn starch & baking powder, incorporate everything together.
  6. Slowly whisk in the pomelo juice and orange zest and beat until frothy.
  7. Pour the filling into the crust and bake for 25 minutes or until a nice golden crust starts to form (not too much.)
  8. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and dust the top with powdered sugar. Cool completely before cutting and serving.


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Tazim - March 13, 2013

I don’t like too-sweet desserts (except on occasion), so these look super-appealing! I love lemon-y things. 🙂

Elena - March 14, 2013

Ohhh wow, it looks soooo good! And this photos are mouthwatering!!!! By the way, I’m hosting a Link-Up party and would be thrilled if you decided to participate!!!

Ellen Christian - March 16, 2013

Those look delicious. I’m not a huge chocolate fan so I’m always excited to find a non chocolate snack. Lemon and orange are flavors that I truly enjoy!

twitter_TheNewModernMom - March 16, 2013

I am drooling! I love citrus everything and will have to make these asap!

Trish @ Uncommon - March 17, 2013

These look so yummy! So glad for the warm weather and delicious recipes like this one! Thanks for sharing with us at the Monday Funday link party!

Take care,


Kate - March 17, 2013

Perfect for spring! A nice twist on the lemon bar…yummy either way!

Kelly @ View Along the Way - March 18, 2013

Wow, these look KILLER! I could eat like 6. 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Monday Funday!

Ellya Brill - March 19, 2013

This looks so yummy. I am pinning it! Thanks for sharing

Cecile - March 20, 2013

I love citrus bars! These look so good. I love that you used pomelo instead of lemon.

Erica - March 21, 2013

Those look so good! Last week it was starting to feel more like spring, but this week has been really cold. 39 degrees outside right now. I live really close to you, so I’m wondering if you’re seeing the same cold weather today. Hope it’s warmer down there!

madge | the vegetarian casserole queen - March 22, 2013

Hmm. Never heard of a pomela, but I wonder how a blood orange would taste? Great recipe! Love that its so versatile!

Savannah - March 23, 2013

Pomelos are new to me. I’ll have to check them out. I found you through Six Sixters and wanted to invite you to share this recipe on Saturday Dishes. I think my readers would enjoy it. Hope you have a great weekend!

Tiffany C. - March 23, 2013

Those look really refreshing. I want to try and make them now.

Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above - March 23, 2013

These look delicious. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. We also have a $50.00 Visa Gift Card Giveaway. Here is the link to the party.
We hope to see you there.
Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

Paula - March 23, 2013

I could eat these all day long! Yum!
Pinned! Thanks for linking up to Saturday Dishes! Have a great week! ~ Paula

Heather - March 25, 2013

These look so good. There is just something about citrus that just screams spring!

Q @ JAQS - March 26, 2013

Your project as been features :)!


Thanks for stopping by.


Kecia - April 2, 2013

Mmm, these look really good! I think they’d be great for breakfast.

Nana - April 7, 2013

Ingredients list for filling call for baking powder but in directions #5 call for baking soda! Which should I use….of course I’m half way through recipe and will guess, (soda), what to do but would appreciate a response. So far they smell delicious!!!

    Amber - April 7, 2013

    Baking powder, I’m so sorry – I don’t know where my mind is half the time.

      Nana - April 7, 2013

      Thanks for the promt reply! They turned out just great and everyone enjoying them as I write.
      Keep up the good work and we all have days like that!

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