Monday, 10 September 2012

Tangy Lemon Squares

You know the old saying, 'when life gives you lemons  - make lemonade', well in my case it's, 'when your husband gives you lemons - make Tangy Lemon Squares'.

Hubby came home on Saturday with a bag full of lemons that he had collected on a job site. So my son Samuel and I got to work on Saturday night baking some of these delicious squares. Staying motivated to bake on Saturday night was easy, as sitting on the couch and watching our football team Geelong get beaten in an elimination final was more than Samuel and I could bear. At least on Sunday morning when I picked up the paper and saw that Geelong's loss the night before had made front page news I had something to console myself with. I must say that a cup of chamomile tea and a Tangy Lemon Square worked exceptionally well for that purpose. For Samuel it was a piece of toast with tuna , but each to their own!

Enjoy xxx

Tangy Lemon Squares


250g unsalted butter at room temperature
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 egg
2 cup plain flour

2 cups caster sugar
4 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon
1/3 cup of lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup plain flour


  1. Preheat oven to 180c or 160c fan forced.
  2. Grease a rectangular slice pan (approx 20 x 30cm) and line with baking paper allowing the sides to over hang.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixer until pale and creamy. Add 1 egg and mix until combined, scraping down sides as necessary.
  4. Add sifted flour to butter mix and fold through until combined.
  5. Spoon combined mixture in to slice pan and press base down evenly in to pan. (this mix is rather sticky and may be difficult to push down with a spatula or spoon, push down as best you can and then finish off with clean hands using food safe gloves if available)
  6. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.
  7. When slice is nearly cooked start mixing topping. With a mixer beat together the sugar, eggs lemon rind and lemon juice until combined.
  8. When the base is cooked pour the egg mixture over the top and bake for a further 35 minutes.
  9. Allow slice to cool completely in pan. 
  10. When slice is cool run a knife around the edge of slice to loosen if necessary and then lift slice out of pan using the edges of the baking paper dust with icing sugar (see tip)and then cut slice into squares and serve.
(Adapted from Australian Womens Weekly online article)

Tip: Ever wonder why your icing sugar seem to disappear in to your slice or cake within hours of dusting it on?  check out my dusting sugar tip.

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