Lemon Squares!

So I’m flying solo with this post today since the two of us can’t always get together to bake on Saturday nights (wild social lives, we know).

I decided to make lemon squares since its incredibly easy and I was feeling incredibly lazy. This recipe is pretty easy to follow; even my brother could pull it off (I may have just lost us one of our 5 readers). The original recipe is from allrecipies.com. If you haven’t used this site before, I highly recommend it. You can essentially find anything you’re looking for and the reviews are usually pretty helpful. I changed up the ratio of base to lemon filling just out of personal preference; I like a little more lemon filling and a little less base.

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Mix together all the ingredients for the base first. I started doing this by hand but then remembered that living at home as a student has a couple of perks, one of them being a Kitchenaid standing mixer.Image

Press this crumb-like mixture firmly into the bottom of a pan (I used a 9x9inch) and bake for 20 minutes (or the edges are very slightly brown).

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While the base is baking, whisk together all this gloriousness:

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I like to add 1 teaspoon of lemon zest to get more of the lemon flavour. I only had one lemon on hand so I added a little bit of the ready to use stuff. Don’t judge me…

Pour this onto the baked base.

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Bake for another 20 minutes.

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And you’re done 🙂 You can dress them up a little bit with some icing sugar but they’re equally as delicious as is.

Enjoy!

-S

Edited Recipe:

Base

  • ¾ cup margarine
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups flour

Lemon filling

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Original recipe (http://allrecipes.com/recipe/the-best-lemon-bars/)

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, blend together softened butter, 2 cups flour and 1/2 cup sugar. Press into the bottom of an ungreased 9×13 inch pan.
  3. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden. In another bowl, whisk together the remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in the eggs and lemon juice. Pour over the baked crust.
  4. Bake for an additional 20 minutes in the preheated oven. The bars will firm up as they cool. For a festive tray, make another pan using limes instead of lemons and adding a drop of green food coloring to give a very pale green. After both pans have cooled, cut into uniform 2 inch squares and arrange in a checker board fashion.
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