Zesty lemon squares

When life gives you lemons, make lemon squares.

This tasty dessert recipe has been in my family for a long time and is a staple at our dinners. It’s so good that I always request it instead of cake on my birthday. In a world full of chocolate and vanilla flavoured desserts, a lemon-based treat is a refreshing change.

It’s relatively inexpensive to make and the perfect size to bring as a dessert to a potluck dinner. Be warned though: if you bake it for a lemon fanatic like myself, you may never be allowed to make a different dessert!

Ingredients

Base:
1 cup flour
½ cup butter
¼ cup sugar

Topping:
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp flour
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tsp grated lemon rind
3 tbsp lemon juice

Base:
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Combine flour, butter and sugar and mix well. It should look light and flaky.
3. Grease and flour an 8x8 baking pan and press mixture into the pan.
4. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
5. Let it cool before adding the topping.

Topping:
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Grate the rind of a lemon using a cheese grater. For a stronger lemon flavour, add an extra teaspoon of lemon rind.
3. Combine sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, eggs, lemon rind and lemon juice. Mix it well in a bowl.
4. Spread mixture over the base and bake for 20-25 minutes or until nearly set.
5. Let it cool in the pan and dust it with icing sugar.

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