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!
For the Crust
1 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
For the Lemon Curd
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
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C. Get a 9 inch (23cm-24cm) squared cake pan and line it with baking paper. Set aside.
- For the crust, combine the sugar and butter. No need to make it creamy, just make sure it is equally incorporated.
- Add the flour and evenly mix. It will start feeling as if you’re making pie dough, and that’s how it should feel!
- Take the dough and pat it down on the lined cake pan. You should pat down until it’s about 0.7-1cm thick.
- 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.
- Meanwhile, combine the egg and sugar. Mix until creamy. Add the flour and continue mixing.
- Add the lemon juice and zest and stir to combine.
- 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.