July 8, 2011

Recipe – Lemon Squares

I liked the idea of finishing up the week, in which I posted about FourSquare, with a post for lemon squares.  FourSquare…Lemon Square…get it!

Just so you know that I didn’t simply slap some recipe up here, finding the perfect lemon square recipe has been months in the works.  My husband, who is not a sweet eater, simply loves lemon squares.  Nothing says summer to me like lemons so one day a few months ago I decided to surprise my husband with lemon squares.  Turns out the lemon squares didn’t hit his high standards (though he was still grateful for them and finished them off).   That set me on the path to finding the perfect lemon squares that would meet his high standards and yet still be easy and quick to make.   After many batches of lemon squares later, I think we’ve finally hit upon the right recipe.   It’s tart, it’s sweet, it’s simply perfect!

For the crust you need 1 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup white sugar, and 2 cups all-purpose flour.  Combine the sugar and the flour and mix in the butter.  Press the mixture to the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan and bake for 15-20 minutes in a 350-degree oven.

For the lemon curd whisk together 1 1/2 cups white sugar and 1/4 cup flour.  Whisk in 4 eggs and the juice and zest from 2 lemons.   Pour this mixture over the heated crust and place the entire delicious mess back into the 350-degree oven for 20  minutes.  Allow to cool completely before eating as the lemon curd will set up while it cools.