Lemon Squares

It is May and that means its summer for us in Scotland (the whole week of it that we get) and yesterday hit 26 C! So it seemed a good idea to put up a nice delicious summer treat.

Lemon makes me think of spring and summer, so I thought Lemon Squares would be an excellent little treat!

I also need to add a note from my taste tester Katie, who has been trying out some of the recipes and has given me a rating on them. The Terry’s Chocolate Orange brownies got a 9/10 and the Lemon and Berry Naked Cake earned a 10/10, go check out the recipes and see if you agree with the ratings. As always I think that Katie might be a bit nice in hopes that the treats keep turning up for her!

Now back to the Lemon Square recipe.

 

Lemon Squares

This recipe makes 20 squares at 219 calories each.

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Ingredients:

Base

  • 2 cups all-purpose or plain flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup butter (softened)

Topping

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose or plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the over to 170 C or 350 F and line a baking pan approximately 13″ x 9″ with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour and sugar for the base of the squares.
  3. Cut the butter into cubes and then rub into the flour and sugar using your fingers until well combined. It will be a very try and loose, crumb-like texture.                                              DSC_0151
  4. Press the mixture firmly into the base of the pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the top is lightly browned.            DSC_0155
  6. Beat together the eggs, sugar and lemon juice.
  7. Combine the flour and baking powder in a second bowl and beat add it to the lemon mixture and mixed until smooth.              DSC_0154
  8. Pour the lemon topping over the crust once it has cooled.      DSC_0159
  9. Bake at 170 C or 350 F for 25 minutes until the top has formed a thin film.
  10. Allow the squares to completely cool in the pan, this will allow the topping to firm up slightly. You can also refrigerate them.
  11. Sprinkle the tops with icing sugar and then cut into squares.
  12. Keep squares stored in the fridge in the baking pan to help hold shape.

Enjoy the lemony goodness!

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Here is an easy to print version:

Lemon Squares

Ingredients:

Base

  • 2 cups all-purpose or plain flour
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup butter (softened)

Topping

  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose or plain flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the over to 170 C or 350 F and line a baking pan approximately 13″ x 9″ with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the flour and sugar for the base of the squares.
  3. Cut the butter into cubes and then rub into the flour and sugar using your fingers until well combined. It will be a very try and loose, crumb-like texture.
  4. Press the mixture firmly into the base of the pan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
  6. Beat together the eggs, sugar and lemon juice.
  7. Combine the flour and baking powder in a second bowl and beat add it to the lemon mixture and mixed until smooth.
  8. Pour the lemon topping over the crust once it has cooled.
  9. Bake at 170C or 350F for 25 minutes until the top has formed a thin film.
  10. Allow the squares to completely cool in the pan, this will allow the topping to firm up slightly. You can also refrigerate them.
  11. Sprinkle the tops with icing sugar and then cut into squares.
  12. Keep squares stored in the fridge in the baking pan to help hold shape.
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