Lemon Squares – Sweet Thursday

Music: Love Will Tear Us Apart – Broken Social Scene

Maybe it’s the promise of Spring that’s got me thinking about lemons.  My mom made lovely lemon squares growing up and I wanted to replicate them for our post lobster bisque dinner (made from leftover lobsters from Southampton!). I got the recipe from the trusty Tartine cookbook.

What you’ll need for the crust:

1/2 cup of confectioners sugar
1 1/2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of room temperature butter

What you’ll need for the custard:

1/2 cup of flour
2 1/4 cups of sugar
1 cup and 2 tbsp. of  fresh squeezed lemon juice
6 eggs
1 egg yolk
pinch of salt
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Butter a 9 x 13 inch baking pan.
  • Sift confectioners sugar and flour in stand mixer and mix together.
  • Add butter and mix on low speed for 5 minutes until dough forms.

  • Press dough evenly into bottom of pan and also about 1/2 inch up the sides of the pan. Dough will be about 1/4 inch thick.

  • Fit parchment paper over dough and cover with baking beads.
  • Bake until brown for 30 – 35 minutes.
  • While crust is baking, sift flour into mixing bowl.
  • Add sugar and whisk to blend with flour.
  • Add lemon juice and lemon zest.

  • Stir to dissolve sugar in lemon juice.
  • In another bowl, whisk eggs and yolk with a pinch of salt.
  • Add lemon juice mixture to eggs and whisk together.
  • When crust is baked, pour filling into hot crust.
  • Reduce oven to 300 degrees.
  • Bake for 35 minutes until center is not wobbly.
  • Fully cool on wire rack.
  • Cover and chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
  • When ready to serve, sift confectioners sugar over top and cut into 12 squares.

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