Lemon Squares

Ingredients 

Lemon Squares

1 cup softened butter

2 cups plus 1 tablespoon flour

½ cup powdered or caster sugar

4 large eggs

2 cups sugar

Grated rind of 1 large lemon

6 tablespoons lemon juice

½ teaspoon baking powder

1½ cups chopped walnuts

How to do it

1. Pre-heat the oven to 160°C (325°F)

2. Grease a 22x33cm (9×13 inch) pan, or line with baking paper and spray with non-stick spray.

3. In a mixer, beat together the softened butter, 2 cups of flour and powdered/caster sugar until you have a light dough. Place the dough into the pan and press it over the bottom into all the corners until you have an even layer. Bake for 15 minutes.

4. While the base is baking, beat the eggs and sugar until fluffy and light yellow. Add the lemon rind and juice and mix. Add the tablespoon of flour and baking powder and mix. Then add the nuts and combine. (I process the nuts in a food processor as my kids don’t like big chunks – this way they give the flavor and texture but aren’t very intrusive.)

5. Pour the lemon mixture over the baked crust, return to the oven and bake for 35 minutes or until the filling is set. The top will turn a golden brown color. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before cutting into squares.

Makes about 24 squares.

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