As the weather gets cooler and the skies cloud over more often than not, I'm feeling the urge to stay inside and bake up a storm.
Yesterday I baked these lemon squares and if you love lemony goodness the way I do, I'm sure you'd enjoy them. Tart and sweet at the same time - a little bit of sunshine in every bite. Just right along with a nice cup of tea. And making them is as easy as...uh...pie!
Luscious Lemon Bars - makes 16 bars (theoretically!)
Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar (divided into 1/4 and 3/4 cups)
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 Tbsp all purpose flour
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp grated lemon zest
3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
icing (confectioner's) sugar
In a medium bowl, blend together first 1 1/3 cups flour, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and butter until mixture is crumbly. Press into bottom of 8 in. (2 L) square baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
In small bowl beat together remaining 3/4 cup granulated sugar, eggs, 2 Tbsp flour, baking powder, and lemon zest and juice. Pour over hot crust. Bake for 15 minutes more or until filling is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with icing sugar and cut into bars.
Most of the recipes from this cookbook are low-fat, high fibre, high nutrition etc but they made an exception for this one saying:
" ...a little indulgence practiced in moderation is still an important part of healthy eating."
Amen to that, brother!
There's also another version of this over at I was really just very hungry using more sugar and an extra egg in the filling. I have yet to try it but it might well be even better.