Sunday, May 25, 2014

Lemon Squares

Experiences are the best lessons for everything and certainly for baking as well. You bake the first time, you learn from mistakes, you bake the same thing again and you improve. For me, the previous Lemon Bars - slightly burned on top because I didn't know how to control the temperature of the oven and I didn't know how to perfectly picturesque.
So back again. Back to lemon bars. Same recipe. Just a small twist and turned out - see for yourself. Best to bake just one or two days before the occasion/function and store in the fridge. I'm afraid they will become rancid if kept outside. I baked and immediately took to office and all finished up.

For bottom layer (crumbly crust)
1/2 cup soften salted butter 
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour

For the top lemony layer
4 eggs (room temperature)
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 lemons - juiced
1/2 tsp lemon zest (only the outer part and not the bitter white inner part)
For the bottom layer
Crumble all the three ingredients together.
Really crumble till crumbly, smooth and no lumps. 
Press/flatten into the greased baking pan.
Bake at 160C for 10 minutes.
(Note: bake longer if you prefer not so crumbly)
While this is baking, prepare the lemony top layer.

For the top lemony layer
Sift flour and mix with sugar.
Lightly beat eggs and add lemon juice and zest.
Lightly whisk both the mixtures (flour mixture and egg mixture) together.
Pour over the baked bottom layer. 
Bake again for another 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, cool down and cut into squares.
Optional: dust some icing sugar over.  
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  1. well, we always learn from our mistakes, either its kitchen or life. this looks awesome now.

  2. I think rather than doing he makeup if lemon bars by adding color your did the right way by powdering with sugar..
    It look perfect now, no brown satin :)
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  3. wow... they do look so mouthwatering... my kids are not very fond of tangy bites, but for sure I am and would love to try this in small quantity...

  4. Anything with lemon, particularly desserts, are my favourite! You're right about experience..these lemon bars definitely look better than the previous ones. And I bet they tasted really yum! Lovely tempting pictures!

  5. These lemon squares are perfect for entertaining. I'm loving it!

  6. marvelous food clicks Navaneetham...sheer bliss,burst of citrus goodness and sunny,summer goodness in every slice of these goodies....and seriously these innocent,no-make up lemon bars you have made are now tempting us most....much more than the glossiest ones we have seen or baked,thanks so much :-)

  7. the lemon squares so look yummy, me drooling :D

  8. Experiences are the best lessons in life” – Could see that on the Lemon Bars of 2011 and 2014! Like your attitude and Lemon Bars too.

  9. that looks nice and delicious..

  10. superb looking lemon squares dear :) bookmarked it !!!!

  11. ohh how i loved this recipe.. salivating .. thanks fr sharing the recipe :)

  12. Oh my.. I bet these are going to melt in my mouth.... So tempting n perfectly made...

  13. My favourite squares, absolutely delicious :D

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  14. loved these tangy lemon squares..they really look mouthwatering...

  15. Hi Nava, your lemon square look so irresistible. Well done, very addictive kind of dessert. Thanks for sharing with us. Great photography skill!

    Best regards.

  16. I like the look of the texture of these.

  17. Who wouldn't love these! Perfect texture and colour and lemon has an universal appeal. I am impressed that you improvised on your own recipe. I feel like doing that so many times.

  18. Wonderful lemon always cook something innovative that looks & taste so good.I appreiciate your innovative ideas.

  19. WOw, i can feels the citrus flavours right through the pictures :) Looks terrific dear


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