Durian Bars

I've been dreaming of durians lately... not to eat the fruits as it is, but how to incorporate durians into baking. I thought of baking durian cupcakes, thus I've been looking for the perfect cupcakes recipe from my piles of cookbooks.

I found a lemon bars recipe instead. It's from "The Ultimate Cookies Book", a book that I've bought during a sale at Borders and I have completely forgotten about it, as it was lying somewhere on my bookshelf. I thought it'll be a good idea to substitute the lemon in the recipe with durian and that's how these durian bars came out to be.

This was a crisp cookie base covered with chewy durian topping. Unfortunately, the aroma (or pungent smell to some people) of durian was not very strong. But I like the crispy cookie base, and now I am starting to have ideas on making some desserts with crispy cookie base.. hmm, how about serving the cookie with ice-cream and fresh fruits... ?

Durian Bar Recipe


Cookie base
150g plain flour
90g butter
50g icing sugar, sifted

2 eggs
175g caster sugar
1 medium size durian, peel off the flesh
1/2 tsp baking soda Icing sugar, for dusting

1) Pre-heat the oven to 180 ÂșC. Line the base of a 20cm cake tin with baking parchment and lightly grease the sides of the tin.
2) Process all ingredients for cake base in a food processor until the mixture comes together as a firm dough. Press evenly into the base of the tin.
3) Bake for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool in the tin.

4) To make the topping, whisk the eggs until frothy. Add the caster sugar, a little at a time, whisking well at each addition.
5) Whisk in the durian flesh, baking soda and flour. Pour over the cookie base.

6) Bake for 20-25 minutes, until set and golden.
7) Cut into bars. Serve.


I baked a durian butter cake before. It is heavenly but the guilt stays too long. Never bake them anymore. Imagine butter and durian. Fuwah, out of this world. Just normal butter cake quantity, add a few flesh of durians.
wow! ur blog is simply yummy! i also wanna try to whip up a few dishes for my hubby sometime! thanks for all the tips!
Piggy said…
Hi Lilian,

Yeah, durian and butter is heavenly, but it's something that I won't eat often... I have to stop from growing horizontally. ;-)

Hi sharinestrawberry,

Thanks for dropping by! :-)
skyblue said…
My fiance and I craved for durian last month, but only frozen Thai durian is available in Sydney. The quality was bad, but it tastes good to those who have not tasted Malaysian durian before (2 friends from china thought so). So, my durian ended up in the muffin and later in the bin.