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Lemon bars

19 Nov

my efforts to write weekly updates have lapsed ever so slightly. but i would like to add these little treats were baked last week, so I got the bake in, just not the write up. i had lots of lemons but wasn’t in the mood for a drizzle cake… so lemon bars it was.

a delicious shortbread base, with a sort of baked lemon curd topping, a straight take from joy of baking but with my ‘learnings’ added.

160g plain flour
35g golden caster sugar
135g butter

preheat oven to 175C. beat the butter and sugar with an electric whisk, then add the flour and whisk through the breadcrumb stage, until it’s just coming together, then turn out on a board, bringing the dough together with your hands and incorporating the final floury bits with a few kneads/turns of the dough.

You are then supposed to flatten it by hand in the tin (20cm x 20cm), but I rolled it out between 2 sheets of baking parchment (just bigger than the tin size), then lifted it into the tin and squished down any excess, and pushed the dough into any empty corners – much fewer sticky fingers. put in the pre-heated oven (175degC). bake til pale golden, approx 18-20mins. fyi- these quantities are a departure from the original recipe – the base on that rolled out very thin, and was a bit crumbly to serve, so I’ve up-ed it by 1/5.

2 eggs, beaten
180g golden caster sugar
zest and juice of 2 lemons
2tbsp plain flour

beat sugar and eggs for a few mins till airy and thickened slightly. stir in juice and zest, fold in flour. pour mix over the part-baked shortbread base. Bake at 175degreesC for 15-20mins.

I decided to bake my topping until golden, but I dried it out a bit :(, take out when just set through. Cool on a wire rack then douse with lots of icing sugar. zingy, rich, crumbly and chewy, yum!

I have plans a-foot for a Movember bake which, goes without saying, must be completed by the 30th! being unable to grow my own I’m hoping to raise a bit of £ and awareness by selling my wares at work. so watch this space for cute ‘tache cookies – flavour and topping combos are a work in progress.