Yesterday was my birthday (Happy birthday to meeeee…happy birthday to meeeeee) and so I went into full baking mode, but I won’t bore you with any recipes for brownies or Victoria sponge, I’ll give you the recipe for the B.E.S.T Lemon Squares (or lemon cake, or bars, whatever you call them) you’ll ever eat.
Seriously, there is nothing like this sweet treats. Nothing. You will never (ever) need another recipe for lemon bars after you’ve tried this one. The face on the people when they bite into one of this moist, light, fluffy, sweet, lemony squares, says it all. There’s “Ohhhhh” and “Ahhhh” and big smiles. Very Big Smiles.
So, this is a birthday present, from me to you: a recipe which you’ll treasure forever, I can assure you.
Ingredients (for a baking tray of 16cm X 21cm)
The zest and juice of 1 and a half lemons
165 grs plain flour
165 grs melted butter at room temperature
200 grs sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder.
For the lemon glaze:
Half a cup of icing sugar
1 tablespoon (and maybe a bit more) of lemon juice.
Note: With a baking tray of 16cm X 21cm I got 12 rather plump squares, you can use a bigger tray and get more (flatter) bars.
1.- Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites, and if you are taking photos, try not to have your nail varnish chipped, as I did…(embarrassing…)
2.- Whisk the egg yolks with the sugar and the melted butter until you get a light, creamy texture.
3.- In a bowl mix the flour with the baking powder and then add to the mixture of butter, eggs and sugar. Then add the lemon juice and lemon zest and fold together until your batter looks like this:
6.- Let the bars cool down before you spread the glaze over them.
6.- To make the glaze: Mix half a cup of icing sugar and a tablespoon of lemon juice. Adjust adding more lemon juice or icing sugar until you get a consistency that can be spread over the lemon bars when they are cold.
Cut the glazed cake into bars or squares and Enjoy!