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Citrus Bars

Yields10 ServingsPrep Time1 hr 30 minsCook Time8 minsTotal Time1 hr 38 minsDifficultyIntermediateRating


Citrus Marmalade
 300 g Mandarine
 40 g Sugar
 60 g Orange candied peels*
 200 g Grapefruit juice
Pain De Gênes
 120 g Almond paste (50%)
 150 g Eggs
 30 g Pistachio paste, cubed
 40 g Sugar
 0.50 g Salt
 5 g Orange zest
 5 g Lemon zest
 55 g Butter, melted
 65 g Flour
 3 g Baking powder
Lemon Custard
 130 g Lemon juice
 5 g Lemon zest
 45 g Butter
 100 g Eggs
 130 g Sugar
 4 g Gelatin
Lemon Chantilly
 200 g Chilled lemon custard
 100 g Whipped cream


Citrus Marmalade

*Or, 2 orange zest and a few drops orange extract. A day before, place mandarine in a saucepan and cover with water – bring to boil and cook for 2 minutes. Cover, turn off the heat and let sit overnight. Drain mandarine and rinse. Quater and remove any white membranes and seeds. In a food processor, blend sugar with the diced candied orange peels. Add the chopped mandarine and give a few pulses to puree. Transfer mandarine mixture into a saucepan or frying pan, add grapefruit juice, bring to boil and cook for 20 min on medium low heat stirring every so often and cool. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

Pistachio Paste

In a food processor, lightly toast and blend 120g pistachio with a drizzle of vegetable or pistachio oil. Add a couple drops of almond extract – process to paste. Store for months in the refrigerator.

Pain De Gênes (Almond Sponge)

Sift flour with baking powder; set aside. In a large pastry bowl, combine together zests, eggs, salt, sugar, pistachio paste (30g) and the cubed almond paste. Heat up to 122ºF/50ºC whisking constantly over water-bath (Hot water must not touch the bottom of the pastry bowl). Transfer warm mixture in the mixing bowl and beat on high speed until fluffy and cool; it should take 10 minutes. In a separate bowl, mix one-third of the mixture with the melted butter – add remaining batter and fold in the sifted powder.


Turn oven on to 400ºF/200ºC. Spread batter onto a large baking tray lined with a lightly oiled silicone mat or parchment. Bake pain de gênes for 8 min – cool completely.

Lemon Custard

Soak gelatin in cold water for about 10 min. Drain well. In a large saucepan, gather all ingredients but the gelatin. Bring to a quick boil whisking constantly. Transfer lemon custard in a separate pastry bowl and mix in soften gelatin. Cool on ice water and chill. Save 7oz/200g lemon custard for the lemon chantilly and save remaining lemon custard for the topping.

Lemon Chantilly

Smooth out lemon custard and fold in whipped cream; refrigerate.


Line baking pan with plastic wrap (lightly coat the mold with some oil so then the plastic film wont move). Make 2 equal pain de gêne squares which would fit into the baking pan. Place the first pain de gênes sheet (skin side up) in the pan. Spread evenly 400g citrus marmalade. Enclose with the second pain de gênes sheet (skin side down). Cover the surface with small lemon custard balls followed by the lemon chantilly. Freeze the cake to set. Unmold and split in half; cut each half into 5 bars (10 servings). Let thaw and garnish with mandarine supremes and poached lemon if desired. Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Citrus Bars”

  1. In my country it’s hard to find gelatin leaves so I am planning to replace it with gelatin powder but I am not sure how much powder should I put? Also do I add the powder to the hot custard immediately and blend it or is that wrong?

    1. 2 grams of gelatin sheet = 2 grams of gelatin powder. Sheets must be soften in cold water and drained. Gelatin powder must be hydrated in 6 time is weigh its weight. For example, if you are using 2 grams of gelatin powder, you would use 12 grams of cold water to hydrate the powder to make the mass. Check that stuff online for more informations 🌞

      1. Thank you very much for the great help, I successfully made it and it’s delicious. Thanks for all the hard work and I hope you have a nice day.😊

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