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You’ll adore this Lemon Slice Recipe! Featuring a delicate shortbread base paired with a creamy, tangy lemon topping, this dessert strikes the perfect balance between light and indulgence. Made without condensed milk or biscuits, it’s ideal for those who appreciate the pure, bright flavor of lemon in a refreshingly light form.

Simple to prepare yet impressively delicious, lemon slice recipes are the perfect choice for serving as morning or afternoon tea!

Lemon slice bars.
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Lemon Slice

Samantha Pickthall
This Lemon Slice Recipe has a delicate shortbread base and creamy lemon topping made from just eggs, heavy cream, sugar, and lemon. Perfect for a light and refreshing treat!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 squares
Calories 162 kcal



  • 3/4 cup (112g/4 oz.) all-purpose flour, scoop & leveled
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 113 g (1 stick) salted butter, cold, cut into cubes

Lemon Topping

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream / thickened cream
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar / caster sugar
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice



  • Blend Ingredients: Place all base ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture resembles a loose crumb.
  • Press: Firmly press the crumbly base mixture into a lined pan using the back of a spoon or a flat-bottomed cup.
  • Bake: Bake for 15 minutes until the edges are lightly golden and the center is pale. Make the lemon filling while the base bakes.

Lemon Topping

  • Mix Topping Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, cream, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Whisk until well combined.
  • Pour Over Base: Pour the filling immediately over the baked base after it comes out of the oven.
  • Bake: Bake for 20-22 minutes until the top is set. Test by very lightly touching it with your finger; it should be firm with a slight bounce.
  • Cool and Chill: Remove from the oven and cool in the pan for 30 minutes. Transfer to the fridge to chill for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Slice & Dust: Cut the lemon slice into squares, dust with powdered sugar and enjoy!


  • Store your lemon slice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
  • Freeze the slices for up to three months. Just wrap them individually in cling film and place them in a freezer-safe container.


Calories: 162kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 2gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 60mgPotassium: 36mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 331IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 0.4mg
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Lemon Slice Recipe

This simple lemon slice features a delicate and buttery shortbread base topped with a silky smooth lemon topping. It’s a lemon slice made without condensed milk or biscuits!

The base is made from simple pantry staples pressed into a pan and baked pale and lightly golden, creating a firm yet tender foundation.

The creamy lemon topping is crafted using only five simple ingredients: eggs, heavy cream, sugar, lemon zest and fresh lemon juice.

Lemon slice preparation.

Can I Use Bottled Lemon Juice For This Lemon Slice?

For the best flavor, fresh lemon juice is recommended as it gives a fresher, more vibrant taste. Bottled lemon juice can be used in a pinch, but the fresh juice will provide a better result.

Expert Tips

  • Zest Properly: Use only the yellow part of the lemon peel for the zest to avoid the bitter white pith.
  • Even Base: Press the base mixture firmly and evenly into the pan to prevent it from crumbling when cutting into slices.
  • Chill Thoroughly: Ensure the lemon topping is fully set by chilling for at least 2 hours to achieve the perfect texture.
Lemon slice assembly.

How Do I Ensure My Lemon Slice Cuts Cleanly?

For clean cuts, use a sharp knife and run it under hot water, and wipe it dry before slicing. Wipe the blade between cuts to ensure each slice is tidy.

Lemon bars.

Day of Baking

Delight in a day of baking with these hand-picked recipes designed to bring variety to your day including this lemon slice for afternoon tea!

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Morning Snack: Honey Cornflakes

Decadent Dessert: Lemon Melting Moments

Hot Drink: Chocolate Syrup Hot Chocolate 

How To Store Lemon Slice

Store your lemon slice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Freeze the slices for up to three months. Just wrap them individually in cling film and place them in a freezer-safe container.

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