Fans of light and bright desserts may usually prefer a tangy lemon bar over a rich chocolate cake. Lemon bars are the perfect balance of tangy and sweet – usually, a buttery shortbread crust sits below a soft center of zesty lemon curd filling, topped with a dusting of powdered sugar.
Craving for this citrusy pastry? Here are a few home bakeries that serve their own takes on the popular treat.
Based in Las Pinas, home bakery Lala Lemon's thick lemon bars are as tangy and bright as you'd expect them to be. Their creamy, lemon custard sits atop a buttery, shortbread crust, and then dusted with powdered sugar.
Lala Lemon's bars cost P130 for a box of 6, P240 for 12, and P300 for 16. They deliver every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. You can order via Instagram.
Baked Manila's take is called a lemon meringue bar, tangy-sweet lemon filling on a shortbread crust, topped with fluffy, torched meringue.
It costs P80 for 3 pieces and P150 for 6. They deliver from Fridays to Sundays from their Valenzuela City hub. You can order on Instagram.
The Doxie Kitchen sells a dozen of their lemon bars for P160, and delivers to customers in Metro Manila and Laguna.
Each bar has a soft butter shortbread crust and a tangy-sweet lemon curd, made with fresh lemons. You can order via Instagram.
Based in New Manila, Quezon City, Brunch with A makes their shortbread crust lemon bars with freshly-squeezed lemons, available every weekend.
Fran makes her lemon squares with a buttery crust, a soft, tangy, lemon zest center, and then dusted off with sugar.
She sells them for P250 a dozen and P495 for 25 pieces. They're based in San Juan and Quezon City. You can order via Instagram.
They're not exactly lemon bars, but they're still made of citrus – introducing Sweet Joys' Calamansi Crumb Bars, a sweet dessert with a "sour punch."
At the bottom is a dense cake crust and above the zesty filling is a crumb topping. A box of 6 costs P420.
They're located in BF Paranaque, but can cater to pick-ups in Kapitolyo, Pasig on weekdays. You can order on Instagram.
This home bakery in Mandaluyong City offers squares of buttery, shortbread crust with a thick layer of gooey lemon custard on top.
Squares MNL's lemon squares combine a buttery crust with lemon curd and powdered sugar on top. A box of 9 costs P200.
They're available for pre-order with delivery days set per week. Squares MNL is based in Manila. You can order from them through Instagram.
The sisters-owned home bakery sells their tangy-sweet lemon bars for P300 a box of 16.
If she’s not writing about food, she’s probably thinking about it. From advertising copywriter to freelance feature writer, Steph Arnaldo finally turned her part-time passion into a full-time career. She’s written about food, lifestyle, and wellness for Rappler since 2018.