Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Jean's Luscious Lemon Squares

My friend Jean is the best baker I know. Approaching 92 she's had a few years to get it right. Her appetizer and dessert recipes are exceptional. One of my favourite desserts that she makes are her Lemon Squares. They're like a burst of sunshine, a little sweet but enough lemon juice to make your cheeks pucker.

Jean's Lemon Squares
Makes about 20


½ cup unsalted butter
¼ cup icing sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
½ tsp salt

2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup white sugar
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 lemon, juice and zest

Preheat oven to 350°F. To make the pastry: blend the first four ingredients together and pat into a buttered 8” square baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until the pastry becomes a creamy color. To make the topping: In a medium size bowl, add all of the topping ingredients together and mix to combine. Pour the mixture over the baked base and bake 15-20 minutes, or until set. While warm, dust the top with icing sugar. To serve, cut into squares.