Friday, December 12, 2008

Lemon Squares

This is a great Winter sweet. I am always thinking about lemons and limes during the winter season. Both are freshest in the Winter, full of Vitamin C and taste so comforting with a hot cup of coffee or mint tea!

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cups) cold butter cut into 1/2 inch pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt if using unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Lemon Filling:
7 eggs at room temperature
2 1/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice or lemon juice from a bottle
1 cup flour

Preheat your oven to 350
Place butter first then the rest of the crust ingredients into a food processor and blend until crumbly.
Of course, you can use two butter knives, or a pastry cutter in place of a food processor.
Place into a 13x9 inch pan.
Press out evenly with a flat spatula.
Place into your preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
While your crust is cooking prepare the lemon layer. 
Whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth.
Pour the lemon layer onto the hot crust.
Turn the oven down to 300 and bake until the middle is set which take between 25 and 30 minutes.
Place on a rack and completely cool.
Dust with powdered sugar and serve warm or chilled, depending on your preference. 
I cannot resist a warm slice. Store in the refrigerator covered.


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