Featured in The Folk School Cookbook, our Lemon Bar is tangy, decadent bar that makes use of a traditional wintertime fruit. You cannot make too many of these. They will keep for several days packed in a single layer in an airtight container.

This recipe has been a festive favorite of Folk School students as dining hall chefs served them over the years. 

Preheat oven to 350°

Line an 8 x 8-inch pan with parchment paper.

Begin by making the shortbread base. Cream together in a mixing bowl:

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

Stir in:

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan and bake for about 15–20 minutes or just until browning slightly around the edges. Allow to cool while you prepare the lemon curd filling.

In the same mixing bowl you used for the base (no need to wash it) mix with electric beater until very creamy:

1 cup white sugar
2 large eggs

Stir into this mixture:

juice and zest of 2 lemons
2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour

Pour filling onto baked crust and put back into the oven for another 15–20 minutes or until curd has set.

Allow to cool completely before dusting with additional confectioner’s sugar and cutting into squares.

Recipe featured above appears in The Folk School Cookbook by Nanette Davidson; Cookbook photography by Keather Gougler, unless otherwise noted. Illustrations by Sara Boggs.

The Folk School Cookbook:
A Collection of Seasonal Favorites

Arranged by the seasons, the 336-page hardcover book features Southern Appalachian cooking as well as cuisine from other parts of the world—especially those that have helped to shape the history of the school. Folk School regulars will recognize dining hall favorites, Fall Festival fare, Appalachian classics, and treats made for holidays and special events.

Nanette Davidson, cookbook author and former Folk School Resident Artist in Cooking, meticulously collected and curated over 200 recipes including some of the most memorable recipes served family-style in the school’s Dining Hall over the decades.

Between the beautiful photography, illustrations, stories, and the delectable recipes, you’ll be tempted to come to Brasstown for a visit. We hope you will! In the meantime, cook up a taste of John C. Campbell Folk School at home and share it with friends and family.

The Folk School Cookbook is available at the Folk School Craft Shop. Place an order through our online store to have the cookbook shipped directly to you.

John C. Campbell Folk School
About John C. Campbell Folk School

The Folk School transforms lives, bringing people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Located in scenic Brasstown, North Carolina, the Folk School offers year-round weeklong and weekend classes for adults in craft, art, music, dance, cooking, gardening, nature studies, photography and writing.