My mom just returned from a European vacation, and like any world traveler, she came home with armloads of souvenirs. She does not tend to buy your run-of-the mill chotchkies. She indulgences in regional olive oils, fresh garlic, and other gourmet goodies. She spent some time Italy, where she picked up a few souvenirs. There was definitely a theme with all the things she purchased: everything lemon. She brought home limonchello, lemon cookies, lemon candy, and lemon soaps.
Personally, I happen to love lemon. It adds so much vibrancy to every food you pair it with. It has the ability to bring dishes to a whole new level. Seeing all the lemon flavored things that my mom brought home, really made me want to bake one thing: lemon squares. I have yet to find a better recipe than King Arthur Flour's. The use of cold butter creates a flaky and buttery crust, which perfectly balances the sweetness of the lemon filling. These are very easy to make, and are a perfect summer treat. They are best when served immediately.
You Will need:
|Cut 8 tbsp. (1 stick) of butter into pats, and preheat oven to 350〫F|
|Combine flour and confectioners sugar|
|Add butter to flour mixture and mix with a pastry blender until coarse crumbs form.|
|Press into 8X8 or 9X9 square pan. Make sure to push the dough up 1/2 in. on the sides of the pan. Bake for 18-20 minutes, until lightly golden brown|
|Whisk together eggs, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Set aside.|
|Pour over hot crust (after it has baked) and continue baking in oven for another 25 min, or until filling has set.|
|Let cool completely, and lightly dust with powdered sugar.|