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Lemon Squares

Robertson’s lemon curd. Does it ring a bell to anyone? It was certainly one of my childhood favorite jam spread (the other is Marmite – I know, I know, some of you are going “ewww”).
Sadly, I can’t find the lemon curd here anymore. I still remember collecting all those golliwog batches that we redeemed by peeling off the tokens from the jar labels. I must’ve been about 8 years old? Too long to even remember.

Well, the reason we were exposed to these “ang moh” (slang for western) food was because of mom. She was working for a British expat family many years ago hence, our exposure to these not-your-usual-local foodstuff. I’ve always been a fan of tangy desserts and these lemon squares totally relived my childhood.

 

Ingredients:

Shortbread Crust
1/2 cup (113 g) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup (30 g) confectioner’s (icing) sugar
1 cup (110 g) all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt

Lemon Filling
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup (80 ml) fresh lemon juice (approximately two large lemons)
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
2 tbsp all-purpose flour

Makes 15 pieces

Recipe source: Hilah Cooking

lemon squares ingredients

Prepare all your ingredients first.

Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F. Butter, or spray with a non-stick vegetable spray an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) glass dish.

Shortbread Crust:
Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat until creamy and smooth.

Break the softened butter apart before adding the sugar.

Break the softened butter apart with the paddle / whisk before adding the sugar.

Add the flour and salt and beat until the dough just starts to come together.

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Put the dough onto the pan and press onto the bottom and bake for about 18 -20 minutes, or just until lightly brown around the edges. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

shortbread crust for lemon squares

It should look a little crumbly. Yikes, sorry for the unsightly floured hand.

 

I'm using a glass oven dish instead of an aluminium pan as the acidity in the lemon might react with the aluminium and alter the taste.

I’m using a glass oven dish instead of an aluminium pan as the acidity in the lemon might react with the aluminium and alter the taste.

Lemon Filling:
In your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until nice and smooth.

making lemon curd filling for lemon squares

 

Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to combine. Fold in the flour with a spatula.

making lemon curd filling for lemon squares

 

Pour the filling over the shortbread crust and bake for about 17-20 minutes, or just until the filling has set. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares and dust with confectioners’s sugar. Store unused portion in fridge for up to 2 days.

 

The lemon curd should fill up the whole crust.

The lemon curd should fill up the whole crust.

 

Done! The surface of the lemon curd should be firm.

Done! The surface of the lemon curd should be firm.

 

lemon squares dusted with confectioners' sugar

Dust with confectioners’ sugar to complete the effect.

 

lemon squares or lemon bars.

Enjoy these lemony treats over a cup of Earl Grey or your favorite tea. Life is good! 🙂

 

Full instructions:

Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F. Butter, or spray with a non-stick vegetable spray an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) glass dish.

Shortbread Crust:
Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat until creamy and smooth. Add the flour and salt and beat until the dough just starts to come together. Put the dough onto the pan and press onto the bottow and bake for about 18 -20 minutes, or just until lightly brown around the edges. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
Lemon Filling:
In your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, beat the sugar and eggs until nice and smooth. Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to combine. Fold in the flour with a spatula. Pour the filling over the shortbread crust and bake for about 17-20 minutes, or just until the filling has set. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Cut into squares and dust with confectioners’ sugar. Store unused portion in fridge for up to 2 days.

 

 

 

 

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