These Calamansi Bars are the perfect balance of tangy and sweet ….. with a nice, caramelly shortbread crunch.
There has been some serious cravings for sour things in our house lately. I don’t think I’ll be calmly easing into my third trimester. This is the time in my pregnancy when I seem to have cravings for all things carb-y, fatty, sweet, sour, salty, and delicious!
But let me start with the sour things first… these beautiful Calamansi Bars are just perfect. I normally have this strong preference for citrusy (and sour) flavors but these days I prefer them to be a bit more tangy than usual.
I made it with these beautiful Calamansi (Calamondin) I saw in the market. I wanted it super tangy, so I put in one cup of Calamansi juice –err, maybe a little more.
It was actually fine by my sour-o-meter standards but when I let peanutbutter♥, my mom, and a friend try it, they told me it was too sour.. So I’ve adjusted my recipe to a normal person’s level, hee.
Ykaie wanted to watch Cinderella but I told her we’ll watch it next week because there’ll be a lot of people at the mall this weekend. So, our weekend plans includes a Game of Thrones Season 4 marathon with peanutbutter♥ (in preparation for Season 5). Cartoon marathon with Ykaie and reviewing her for final exams on monday, tuesday, and wednesday.
Yay! last day of school on wednesday and then it’s Summer break. What are your plans?
Making these irresistible Calamansi Bars reminded me of how much I love the unique citrusy flavor of Calamansi. I am reminded of this Calamansi Curd and Calamansi Marmalade I made years back….
Hope you have the happiest weekend!Print
Calamansi Bars on Brown Butter Shortbread
For the Brown Butter Crust
- 1/2 cup powder sugar
- 1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup butter, softened
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup all purpose flour
- 2 1/4 cup white sugar
- 3/4 cup calamansi juice
- 6 eggs + 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 tsp salt
- powder sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 350F (175C) and butter a 9 x 13 in baking pan.
- To make the crust, sift the icing sugar, flour, and salt into the bowl of your stand mixer. With the paddle attachment, mix on a low speed to combine.
- Brown the butter by cooking it long enough to “toast”
- Add the butter and mix just until a dough forms. Put the dough in the pan and press it evenly into the base.
- Bake the crust about 30-35 minutes, until it evenly colors and is a deep golden brown.
- While the crust is baking, make the filling. Combine the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the calamansi juice and mix to dissolve the sugar.
- In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs and the egg yolk with salt. Add the eggs into the lemon and sugar mixture and whisk until well combined.
- Once the crust is golden, pull the oven rack out of the oven slightly and pour the filling into the crust while it is still in the oven.
- Reduce the oven temperature to 300 F (145C) and bake for 30 minutes or until the center is just set.
- Allow the bars to cool completely, then chill well in the fridge before cutting. Dust with icing sugar before serving.
My mouth is watering…these calamansi bars look perfect, Peach.
They look so good! I’ve never tried these 🙂
Di ko maimagine kung gaano kasarap itong tinapay na to mommy..Ngayon lang po ako nakakita ng tinapay na ang main ingredient ay Kalamamsi..Kaya nakakacurious
I’m a fan of lemon bars but this one looks enticing as well, if not entirely similar. Would love to try this one day!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂
I am also a fan o lemon bars so I thought I’d make one out of our local citrus.
Truly looks delicious and healthy
Wow, another recipe for me to follow! 🙂 wooohooo! HAve a great weekend, too!
Thanks SO much Millie!
I don’t know what Calamansi are, but it looks good!
It’s Calamondin and it belongs in the citrus family. Thanks Pam!
They are Filipino version of lemons.
These look so wonderful. It’s been so long since I’ve made any type of lemon or lime bar. Really must make these–and soon. 🙂
Did you save us some, Po?
hahahaha. I still have a few more bars left.
I am so inspired right now! Those look fabulous!
Hello, I cam across your blog on food gawker and I just want to say that your photos are absolutely beautiful! I’ve never heard of calamansi before but these look delicious so I will try and get my hands on them. Thanks, Hollie
Thank you so much Hollie!
These calamansi bars look incredible & so beautifully photographed too. I love sour, citrus-y things so I imagine I would love these!
I’m sure you will. Thanks Thalia!
I’m not familiar with calamansi so thanks for the introduction! These bars look awesome Peachy!
I love desserts that are more tart than sweet, and these look perfect! The photographs are beautiful, too.
Gusto ko rin nito! I’ll try to make my own this Holy Week. Grabe, dami ko nakikita blogs posting about calamansi and lemon bars. Uso ata kasi summer. 🙂
Calamansi is cheaper kasi pag Summer.
Gosh, these look terrific! Love all the flavors. You’ve got me craving these, and I’m not pregnant! 😉 Good stuff — thanks.
These look delicious!
Nothing beats a little Game of Thrones Season 4 marathon (I can’t wait for the new season!) That shortbread looks AMAZING! Seriously, so yummy <3
Thanks Angelic Sinova!
These bars looks absolutely delicious, oh how i love shortbread
Ooh, these look so good! I like things sour myself, so I may have to up the juice a little bit (but not too much so that others will help me eat them). 😀
LOL! That also happened to me.
Yum, I’d love to try those. I’ve never made shortbread like that! They look so perfect with the powdered sugar on top!
Yes, they are.
I have never heard of that fruit, I assume it is like a lime? They look delicious, if I can find them I’m going to try the recipe. Thanks!
It’s more like a mixture of lemon and lime.
Oh wow…that looks super yummy!! Great recipe girly!!
I’ve never heard of those citrus before but they look SO good and refreshing! I would love to try some!
Oh I’m sure you’ll like them.
These look amazing! I love a good sweet and sour dessert. And to put it on a brown butter shortbread sounds amazing!
Thanks Andrea! They are amazing, indeed.
This looks fabulous! I’ve never heard of that fruit before.
I might need this recipe and I want to try it. Looks yummy and creative.
Ang galing pwedec pala yun bagu sa pandinig ko hehe
This one is surely healthy because of calamansi. I guess the sour taste of calamansi can really give a different taste to this one.
Yes, it has sugar and butter though.
Yes, the sugar and butter can balance the original sour taste of calamansi.
I have never heard of these bars before!! They sound like they would be delicious and they look amazing!
Thanks! They’re made of calamansi, our local lemon.
Sarap naman nyan Mommy Peachy. I love kalamansi and I miss having it in my kitchen. I wish I have it here so I can make your recipe.
These look SO good! I can’t believe it’s a calamansi bar! YUM!
This is really something new to me! Love your recipe!. I might try this one soon!
These look amazing! I’ll have to give them a try and see how my family likes them.
I’m sure they will love it.
These look so yummy. I have to try out the recipe thanks for sharing love ♥
Oddly, your post made me think of Becky’s Kitchen, KL, and Boracay. Your calamansi bars looks wickedly good and I’m sure they taste delish. I should give it a shot one of these days.
They look so yummy! I love desserts like this! They look like the one’s from Toby’s estate coffee shop. They call it Calamansi Pie you might like it, its super sour but probably just the way you like it 😀
Thanks Julianne. Now I want to go to Toby’s Estate!
Calamunding is what we call here in our place for Calamansi. We’re used to this Vitamin C rich fruit. We mix it in a cold water for a juice. We take its juice to mix with a Suman o Pancit to make them too tasty and delicious. Now this is new Calamansi bars on brown butter. I will let my wife prepare this. I want to try and find out how it taste.
I’m sure you’ll love this sir Gil!
Wow! Mouth-watering. Thanks for the new recipe, I shall try this on weekends 🙂 Oh, now I’m craving Calamansi hi-hi
It looks really good! Is it like lemon bars? (I haven’t made lemon bars so I don’t really know the procedure) but I’ve tasted them. I’m interested to try this out.
Yes, very much like lemon bars!
Something new and different is what I’m always looking for, and I’m afraid these are it. Hubby would love this. I’m going to definitely have to try them. Thanks for sharing.
You’ll love this if you like lemon bars.
This is new to me. Haven’t really heard about calamansi bars. Looks interesting!
It’s really good! You have to give it a try.
I wonder why I like sour food when I was younger and not so much today. Game of Thrones are not for kids, I am relieved that your kids watched a different movie. I wonder how the bread tastes, hmmm..
Aww, the bread is a little caramelly and sweet.
Ohhh, a great alternative to my favorite: Lemon Bars!
Yes, it is! Calamansi is cheaper than lemons.
wow!! i should try this..looks yummy!! take a lot of time though! thanks for sahring mam!
Oh my! calamansi bars are perfect for our afternoon merienda. Will try this out Mommy Peach!
I’m sure you’d like it Vance.
Calamansi is one of our favorites. Will try to make this one weekend. It’s gonna be a sure hit!
I’m sure it will be
Thanks for the recipe Peachy! Will add this to my must bake list and let you know. This will be an alternative to my Lemon Bars 🙂
you’re welcome dianne. I hope you like it.
Aww!! i waaaaaant!! Looks delish! 🙂
I just visited a blog with cookie recipe, and now this? Now, I’m hungry, lol. I’ll definitely try this when I get the chance. Yum, yum!
I’ve never had calamansi bars before, but I imagine that it tastes really good. I wanna try this!
you’ll like it if you’re into citrusy food.
Irresistable indeed! The pictures alone says this recipe rocks.
Thanks juvy Ann
This is definitely getting pinned on my board! I love lemon bars and this is the perfect alternative! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Gusto ko to kasi I like yung citrusy taste din. 🙂
Your post always make me hungry! Good mommy Peach
Looks yum! 🙂 And loaded with vitamin C too! 🙂
Yup. I’m sure you’ll love it.
I’ve never heard of this before, which I think is pretty cool! Shortbread is like ‘polvoron’ right? We actually run a family business called ‘Polvoron King’. You can check it out on FB if you like 🙂
it is like that but more of like a basic cookie.
Looks yummy. Will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
Looks yum! Such a brilliant idea to use the readily available calalmansi for this instead of lemons.
Thanks Tina! Cheaper too!
I have a recipe for this but haven’t tried making one. Will try this one out and see how it goes 🙂
I hope you like my recipe!
I’m scared of trying to bake again (after a few fails from my past experiences). The pictures you have here make me want to try this recipe!
Don’t be. We all have failed recipes once in a while! I hope you like this recipe.
I’m not sure if this would appeal to me. But I’m pretty sure my health-conscious partner and my daughter will love these. Great recipe!
This one, I would definitely try! I can taste it now! 🙂 Yummy
Wow Peachy! Another recipe of yours that I just have to bookmark. I love anything and everything calamansi, so I can’t wait to try this one!
I love how calamansi is so versatile, and I can’t wait to taste your Calamansi Bars on Brown Butter Shortbread. I’m sure they’re yummy.
This site never fail to make me hungryyy!! Parang sarap nung calamansi bars. I could already imagine na sweet and tangy taste. Yay!
Calamansi bars sound delicious and your pictures make it all the more a must try!
Great recipe and something new that I learned today. Imma try it for sure. 🙂
Looks amazing. I was expecting the crust to be made with browned butter though.
Sorry. Re-read the recipe. I see the browning of the butter.
Sorry. Re-read the recipe. I see the browning of the butter.