Classic Old Fashioned Lemon Squares

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I have been on my diet for the past ten days and I have lost seven pounds so far! Yay! I feel wonderful. My energy levels are up and I am enjoying most of the food. I really don't even have the same sugar cravings as I once had which is amazing. My sister told me the other day, "You definitely have will power". This is because I did not eat any of the food served at my sister's lunch family gathering nor any of the appetizers at a purse party we attended in the evening. Instead, I ate the food I had brought with me and had planned for the day. Thankfully, I had planned for the day and even brought extra food with me in case I were to stay late which I did. So far so good. I will keep you posted on next weigh in.
Obviously, these are not on any diet plan but I had made these lemon squares for my family the other day and I wanted to share the recipe. I absolutely love lemon squares! There is just something about that sweet and tangy taste of lemons. Yum! These were super easy to make and everyone loved how they turned out! They are definietly a keeper. I got this recipe from Deep South Dish where she has a lot of wonderful recipes on her blog. Check out her site for some delicous Southern home cooking.


Classic Old Fashioned Lemon Squares
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish

Ingredients:
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup Land O' Lakes unsalted butter, softened
4 large eggs
2 cups of granulated sugar
1/3 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
½ teaspoon baking powder
Extra powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

Directions:
Combine 2 cups of the flour with 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Slice the butter into the flour mixture and use a pastry cutter to cut the butter in. Line a lightly greased 13 x 9 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some extra along the edges as handles so you can lift the dessert out of the pan after it cools. Add flour mixture to the pan and press into pan, using a bit of flour on your hands if it tends to stick. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Whisk the eggs; add the sugar and lemon juice and whisk together. Combine the remaining 1/4 cup of flour with baking powder and add to egg mixture, whisking it in. Pour the batter over the cooked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for an additional 25 minutes, or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack. Lift out of pan, sift some extra powdered sugar over the top and cut into bars.
Makes 1 to 2 dozen or so depending on how big ya cut 'em!


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