I think that every family has a favourite recipe for lemon squares; they are sort of one of those quintessential desserts that everyone has had at least once in his/her lifetime. Personally, I have never had a lemon square that I did not like. I have had some that I liked better than others, but they are always lemony, gooey, and delicious. I once burnt a batch of lemon squares to a crisp, and I still sat there and ate half of them with a spoon right out of the pan. I am just a big fan of any kind of lemon dessert.
The recipe that I used is one that I got from my mom. I am not sure where she got it, but I found it in her little binder of handwritten recipes, and it is definitely my favourite recipe. It wouldn’t be right if my favourite lemon squares were not the ones that my mom makes. There is just always something that tastes better about food when it is made by your mother. It’s early in the morning, and I do not have much more to say today, so I will just let the recipe do the talking!
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sifted icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
1 stick butter
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup lemon juice
Some grated lemon zest (I used the zest of two lemons because I like a lot of lemon flavour)
Base: Combine flour and icing sugar in bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Press into greased 13 x 9″ cake pan. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 15 to 20 minutes.
Filling: Put all ingredients in food processor to combine. Pour over partially baked crust. Bake at 325 for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and dust with icing sugar.