Lemon Bars: Creating the Perfect Lemon Filling

Are you ready to tantalize your taste buds with the delightful flavors of lemon? Join me, Bill Telepan, as we embark on a culinary adventure to create the lemon filling for our famous Lemon Poppyseed Bars. In this step, we will learn how to perfectly blend the ingredients to achieve a smooth and tangy lemon custard that will elevate your Mother’s Day picnic to a whole new level!

Lemon Bars: Creating the Perfect Lemon Filling
Lemon Bars: Creating the Perfect Lemon Filling

Preparing the Lemon Filling

To start, gather your ingredients: water, cornstarch, sugar, and egg yolks. In a bowl, combine the water and cornstarch, whisking until well mixed. It’s important to achieve a smooth consistency, just like when making a lemon meringue pie. Gradually add the sugar and egg yolks, continuing to mix until fully incorporated.

Lemon Filling
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Cooking the Lemon Filling

Now, let’s move our mixture to the stove. Remember, we will add the lemon juice later. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring continuously. The mixture will thicken rapidly, so keep a close eye on it. This step ensures that the cornstarch flavor dissipates. After about two minutes of stirring, the mixture should be thick and velvety.

Stirring the Mixture
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Adding a Burst of Citrus

Time to introduce the star of the show – the lemon juice! Grab a fresh lemon and zest it into the pot. Be careful not to include the bitter white pith. Gently mix the zest into the thickened mixture, allowing the vibrant lemon aroma to fill the air.

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Adding Lemon Juice
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Achieving the Perfect Consistency

The mixture should now resemble a luscious lemon sorbet. It’s time to slow down and savor the moment. As the lemon custard cooks, it will sweeten slightly and transform into what we call a “curd.” A curd is a fruit-based custard, bursting with flavor. Pour the lemon filling over the crust and savor that tantalizing citrus aroma.

Pouring the Lemon Filling
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Next Steps

Congratulations! You have successfully crafted the lemon filling for our delectable Lemon Poppyseed Bars. But our journey isn’t over just yet. In the next step, we will delve into the art of creating the perfect meringue topping, taking these bars to new heights of culinary excellence!


Q: Can I use bottled lemon juice instead of fresh lemons?
A: While fresh lemon juice is preferred for the best flavor, you can use bottled lemon juice as a substitute if necessary. However, keep in mind that fresh juice will yield superior results.

Q: Can I make the lemon filling ahead of time?
A: Absolutely! You can prepare the lemon filling a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Just make sure to cover it tightly to prevent any flavor transfer.


As we conclude this step of our Lemon Poppyseed Bar journey, we have learned the art of creating the perfect lemon filling. With its tangy flavors and velvety texture, this filling will serve as the soul of our delicious bars. Stay tuned for the next step, where we will explore the intricacies of crafting a fluffy meringue topping. Until then, keep your culinary creativity flowing, and remember, at Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, we believe that every dish can be an enchanting culinary experience!

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