Monday, March 12, 2012

Aunt Anne's Lemon Squares


 Aunt Anne's Lemon Squares

Preheat oven to 350

2 Sticks of cold butter (unsalted)
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Cups Flour (all purpose)

Pastry Knife
Parchment paper
Baking Sheet 13x9

Blend above ingredients with pastry knife until it resembles small crumbs.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper, 
pour then press mixture evenly into pan with your hands.
Bake 15 minutes or until edges are brown. 

Lemon Layer

2 Cups Sugar
1/4 Cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
5 eggs
8 Tablespoons lemon zest*
6 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
You will need about 7 or 8 Lemons

Confectioners Sugar for dusting over the top after cooling.

*To Zest a Lemon 
(wash the lemon, dry with paper towel, using the fine/small holes on the cheese grater, 
grate the outside of the lemons BEFORE you juice them, makes it a lot easier)

Combine the Lemon Layer ingredients with a whisk and pour evenly over the baked crust.
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes, when edges have begun to brown.

Cool in pan 5 minutes, remove from pan by picking up the parchment paper edges.  
Using a sifter,  dust the confectioners sugar over the top covering all the lemon, not too much though...

Cut into squares using a pizza cutter ☺

These lemon squares are so special to me.

While my family was mourning the loss of my Grandfather, in 2009, 
we were visiting at my aunts home after the funeral...
then we found out our uncle had passed away suddenly at the age of 54, the night before.  
We were DEVASTATED to say the least...

My aunt Anne and I couldn't process,  
we HAD to bake, 
so we went to the store and got 8 lemons 
and the ingredients for a few other things. 
We went back to my aunts home and made these  ♥

Every year at Christmas Aunt Anne sends these, 
along with MANY other cookies to us and many is so special.

Do you have a special story that goes along with anything you make?!

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