I am so excited to have a huge kitchen, two lemon trees and a lovely oven at my new house. So excited, in fact, that I have been baking a favourite thing. Lemon squares!
When Rin was little, I used to make these all the time. They’re almost whole-heartedly based on a recipe from Stephanie Alexander’s book ‘Stephanie’s Seasons’, but I’ve seen a similar recipe in the Australian Women’s Weekly too – some people might recognise the bones of these from there. THIS recipe is my version of Stephanie’s recipe (which she got from Jessica!) Just to be clear.
I like to cook these until they are quite golden because it makes them nice and chewy on the outside (but still moist inside!) Maybe you want to do that too?
Tangy, Chewy Lemon Squares
What you need
for the cake-y slice
3/4 cup of butter
3/4 cup of white or caster sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp of baking powder
a dash of vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
rind from about half a lemon
for the syrup
juice of two lemons
1/2 cup of caster sugar
How to make it
The slice bit
Cream the butter and sugar until pale. Add the vanilla. Beat well. Add the eggs, baking powder and flour – a little at a time – alternating.
Grease and line a square or rectangle tin (25cm x 17cm is the best size but I used a bigger tin – it just meant my squares are not as high as they could have been. No biggie!)
Spoon the mixture in and smooth it out. Dot the top with the lemon rind.
Bake in a 180 C oven for 40-45 minutes or until cooked and golden.
The syrup bit
Mix the lemon juice and sugar together. Pour over the hot cake as soon as you take it out of the oven.
Allow to cool and then slice into squares and gobble down with a big cup of tea.
Yum! Are you partial to a slice? Do you have a nice kitchen to bake in?
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