Nigella Lawson’s Dream Bars

Seems that I own too many cookbooks. I totally forgot, that I own a Nigella Lawson baking book. Looking for a bar recipe I came across Nigella Nigella Lawson’s Dream Bars, could be found in her book How to Be a Domestic Goddess* . I immediately remembered, that I got the book from a fellow blogger years ago and started searching the book. It took quite a while to find it, but now my „cookbook library“ is cleaned and sorted again. I baked

Nigella Lawson’s Dream Bars

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for I♥CC. Our dishes this week are Sweet Treats like candy, cookie or dessert bar. The name dream bar says it all: The taste ist heavenly divine.

Dream Bars

Yield:Makes 10-12

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Dream Bars have a buttery, crumbly shortbread base topped with a sticky mixture of nuts and coconut bound by a tender, toffeelike chewy gunge



  • 200 grams butter, very soft
  • 4 tablespoons light brown sugar, 60 grams
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, 60 grams
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 220 grams all-purpose flour; wheat flour type 405
  • pinch of salt


  • 3 eggs, size M
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 115 grams brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons self-rising cake flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 50 grams shredded coconut
  • 90 grams brazil nuts, roughly chopped
  • 90 grams cashews, raw, unsalted


  • 1 23-cm square pan, greased and lined with parchment or wax paper


978-0786886814 *

modified from inspired by:
How to Be a Domestic Goddess: Baking
and the Art of Comfort Cooking
ISBN: 978-0786886814


  1. Preheat the oven to 175 °C/ 350°F
  2. Cream the butter and sugars together and, when light and soft, add the vanilla, flour, and salt, mixing well to combine. Tip this into the prepared pan and press down and in with your fingers. Put in the oven and bake for 10 minutes, then remove and let cool a little before spreading the topping on it.
  3. To make this, beat the eggs together with the vanilla and then, still beating, add the sugar. Stir the flour, salt, and baking powder together, and fold into the sugar-egg mixture. Now fold in the coconut and nuts and spread this on top of the part-baked shortbread base.
  4. Put the pan back in the oven for 30 minutes, then remove and let cool, still in the pan, on a wire rack. Cut into squares or bars as you like.

total time: 1 h
preparation time: 15 minutes
cooking/baking time: 10 + 30 minutes

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5 thoughts on “Nigella Lawson’s Dream Bars

  1. Kim @ Stirring The Pot

    I’m so glad to hear that something one else has so many cookbooks that they have trouble finding certain ones from time to time. I keep trying to come up with better ways to organize my cookbooks, but it never fails. I’m always searching for this one or that one. Dream bars sound, and look, delicious. Shortbread is a favorite of mine, as well as toffee. I love the chewy stickiness of it!

  2. Karin Anderson

    Die Dream Bars mit den vielen Nüssen hören sich sehr gut an.
    Ach ja, die vielen Kochbücher! Ich habe mal einen ganzen Schwung in einen spezialisierten Kochbuchladen getragen, anstatt Bezahlung (weniger) einen Gutschein (mehr) entgegengenommen – und habe nach mehren Stunden mit noch mehr Büchern den Laden wieder verlassen :)
    Schöne Weihnachtsfeiertage und einen Guten Rutsch, liebe Ulrike!

  3. LydiaF from

    You caught my attention with the chewy toffee gunge! They look delicious. I’ve pinned to give them a try later. :)


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