Kinnow or Mandarin bar


When we say refreshments in summer (in India), we mostly associate it with fruit flavored recipes, such as spicy lemonades or raw mango drinks. Today, I am sharing with you a summer-ready dessert that is so easy to make, that you will make it every time you want something tangy and sweet.

I have always struggled with desserts; sometimes I would put more sugar and sometimes no sugar, well sugar was the least of my problems. But with trial and error, you tend to improve. Now, I have the confidence to try and create new things, or at least inspired recipes. So, today’s recipe has been inspired by an Allrecipe entry on “The Best Lemon Bars.” However, mine has a small twist; I made these with¬†kinnow juice (a type of mandarin hybrid), which makes these tangy and also sweet.

These recipe makes an eight inch diameter Kinnow bar cake.



For the base:

  • 1/3 cup melted butter;
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour;
  • 1/2 cup icing or powdered sugar;

For the top:

  • 3 eggs at room temperature;
  • 1 cup icing or powdered sugar;
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour;
  • 1/3 cup juice of kinnow and lemon (in 3:1 ratio); you can replace kinnow with orange juice. If you are using only lemon, then reduce the amount to 1/2 cup and increase the amount of sugar.
  • A few drops of orange food color (optional).


  • Mix the ingredients for the base, with a spatula, and spread it on cake tin or pie tin.
  • Preheat your oven at 170 degree Celsius.
  • Bake the base for 20 minutes or till you see browning at the edges.
  • Remove and let it cool slightly. The base won’t be crusty or hard, it will be soft, but not liquidy.
  • Now whisk the eggs and add all ingredients into it. Mix well; you will have liquidy mixture.
  • Pour this on the baked base and bake again at 170 degree Celsius for 20-23 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if the center is fully cooked.
  • Remove and let it cool completely. If possible keep it refrigerated for 3-4 hours before making slices. Sprinkle some icing sugar on top before serving.

And, it is best served chilled!


Enjoy this awesome refreshing recipe and share your experience with me!