Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Easy Lemon Squares

These tangy Lemon Squares are quick and easy to make and will leave your taste buds zinging. They strike just the right balance between sweet and sour and are delicious with a cup of coffee. They taste like summer!






Easy Lemon Squares
Makes about 32 squares
Recipe slightly adapted from here.


Ingredients: (Crust)

  • 227 g (1 cup) butter at room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
Ingredients: (Filling)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 165 ml lemon juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
Ingredients: (Glaze)
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp. lemon juice


Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. In a large bowl cream the butter and sugar together, with an electric beater, until pale and fluffy. On low speed, add the salt and zest and slowly add the flour little by little until well combined. Grease a 9" x 13" oven dish and press the dough evenly on the bottom of the dish. Bake the crust for about 20 minutes until the top is lightly golden. Remove from the oven and let it cool.
  2. While the crust is cooling, in a big bowl, whisk together all the ingredients for the filling, until well combined. When the crust is cool to the touch, pour the filling over the crust and return to the oven. Bake at 180ºC until the top is set and slightly golden - about 25 minutes in my oven. Remove from the oven and let it cool completely. Leaving it, covered, in the fridge overnight is a good idea, but not essential.
  3. In a smallish bowl, mix together the icing sugar and a Tbsp. of lemon juice at a time until the glaze is a spreadable consistency and not lumpy. Spread over the filling and allow to set, if you can wait that long. Cut into squares. Store in the refrigerator, but allow to come up to room temperature before serving.
Note: 
You can leave out the glaze, if you want. Just sprinkle the squares with some icing sugar,    right before serving.

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