Recently someone gave us a whole bunch of beautiful fresh lemons right off their tree. As they sat in the fruit bowl on my kitchen counter, the smell was absolutely heavenly for days on end. I have been agonising since as to what I can do with all those lemons, screaming to be used every time I passed them by!
From the very start “Lemon Squares” popped in my mind, but I’ve been resisting since. I knew that I would be the one to end up “inhaling” the whole lot myself, ingesting all this flour and sugar and butter.. I know, guilt is not a very pretty thing, I’ve been reading way too many articles on health and nutrition lately!
Tonight we’re invited to our friends Paola & Vincenzo’s house for dinner. As soon as she asked us, I voluntered desert, please? Lemon Squares. Delicious. Let me make them?
1tsp baking powder
142 grs sugar
142 grs butter
Mix above ingredients, knead lightly, roll onto a rectangle & lay on a baking sheet. After mixing the dough, I layed it in pieces on the baking sheet, and used my fingers to smooth it out. I made a slight indentation around the edges to prevent the filling from s[pilling out.
1) Bake in a 225C pre-heated oven for 10mns. Set aside to cool
1/4 cup corn starch
1 1/4 cups water
1)Blend together in a saucepan & cook gently until thickened.
58 grs butter
115 grs sugar
2 egg yolks
peel from 2 lemons
juice from 2 lemons
Add ingredients to thickened corn starch in the order indicated above.
2) Let thicken lightly and pour on cooled pastry
192 grs flour
225 grs sugar
170 grs butter
3) Rub with fingers and sprinkle on top of lemon filling
4) bake in 200C pre-heated oven for 30mns.
Let it cool a while, then cut into squares and transfer onto a serving dish.
Will I sneak a few squares away and keep them in my freezer? You bet! For the days when “being good” just isn’t good enough, and a “sweet” is the only thing that will put your mind at rest.