Remember Kim Possible? The Disney animated series about a cheerleader who also happened to be a spy? I wasn’t an avid watcher of the show but whenever I switch on the television as a kid waiting for my favorite tv show, and KP was on, I’d sit down and watch it. I know what you’re thinking, what does this have to do with lemon squares? Well, there was an episode where Kim visits her nana (grandmother), and she loves making lemon squares. I know that animated square shapes in a pan that is yellow isn’t something that’ll trigger a craving, but I happened to really want to try lemon squares after watching the episode, because they make it look so good! I haven’t had them before and I asked my mom if she could make it for me, but, fifteen years later, I still haven’t had any, until I decided to make it myself.

Enough with my blabbering; I never knew how EASY it is to make lemon squares and with this recipe, you’ll realize it too!IMG_4142

Ingredients:

For the Crust

1 cup butter (softened)

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups all purpose flour

For the Lemon Curd

4 eggs

1 cup sugar (you can put less or more if you’d like, depending on your sour:sweet ratio, I’ve actually already reduced the amount in this recipe)

1/4 cup all purpose flour

juice from 2 lemons

1 tablespoon lemon zest

 

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Get a 9 inch (23cm-24cm) squared cake pan and line it with baking paper. Set aside.
  2. For the crust, combine the sugar and butter. No need to make it creamy, just make sure it is equally incorporated.
  3. Add the flour and evenly mix. It will start feeling as if you’re making pie dough, and that’s how it should feel!
  4. Take the dough and pat it down on the lined cake pan. You should pat down until it’s about 0.7-1cm thick.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until the surface becomes golden. Once this has been achieved, take out and set aside.
  6. Meanwhile, combine the egg and sugar. Mix until creamy. Add the flour and continue mixing.
  7. Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to combine.
  8. Lastly, pour onto the crust and bake for an additional 20-25 minutes. Once baked, the top will firm up once it has cooled. Cool completely, cut in squares, and serve.

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