Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Easy Lemon Squares (recipe too!)

 Easy Lemon Squares from the Recipe Box

Easy Lemon Squares

1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
4 Tablespoons Butter
1 cup white Flour
(maybe add a pinch of salt next time)

3 large Eggs (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup White Sugar
2 teaspoons fresh grated Lemon Rind
1/3 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Tablespoons white Flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt

1) Preheat oven to 350

2) Using a reasonably sized bowl & large fork, combine the crust ingredients- keep working it till the mixture resembles fine crumbs.  Gently press mixture into the bottom of an 8X8 baking pan.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.   
While it bakes, start on the filling!   
Remove from oven...(I let it cool maybe 5 minutes on a wire rack. Cooks Illustrated says to fill while hot, so that's kind of what I did.)

3) To prepare the filling, beat eggs at medium speed until foamy.  Add all the rest of the filling ingredients, and beat until well-blended.  Carefully grease the edges of the pan before you pour mixture over the hot partially baked crust.  Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until set.  Cool on wire rack.   Cut into 16 squares. 

When the bars are cool & on the serving plate, sift Powdered Sugar on them. 

~If you sift Powdered Sugar on them too soon, the sugar will melt right in to the Lemon you'll have to do like me, and re-sprinkle them when it's time to serve. =)

Photo from a 1954 Family Circle Magazine...

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