Lemons are great and refreshing, that’s why in the summer I love to bake with them.
This summer, I am addicted to lemon bars, and after trying several recipes, I think I have tweaked and re-tweaked to perfect it to my liking. Not too sweet, and the filling is not too sticky, these bars are strong on flavor. I also love making this into pie rather than squares.
Play around with the flavors and mix in some of your favorite. Add in a couple of tablespoons of shredded coconut, and add on top to the cooked pie slices some more, and you turn this into a whole different palette of flavors.
Raspberry flavored whipped cream is a real treat to top it with, rather than the traditional powdered sugar.
Here is the basic recipe.
|Lemon Pie with coconut on top.|
This is a basic shortbread recipe.
1 cup flour
¼ cup powdered sugar
1 stick of butter (approx 100 gms or 1/2 cup)
Pinch of salt.
¾ cup sugar
½ cup lemon juice OR 1 ½ tsp Lemon extract
1 Tbsp zest (optional)
3 Tbsp flour
Preheat the oven to 180°C.
First we need to prep the crust. In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and add in gradually the powdered sugar and salt. Make sure they are creamed well, the butter is soft and fluffy, and then add in slowly the flour. Continue mixing until the mixture is soft and crumbly. Put the mixture into a greased pie pan or square 20 cm x 20 cm pan. Pat down until the crust is even, and make sure to push the crust up the side of the pan, to prevent the lemon mixture from sticking directly to the pan. Put in the oven for 20 mins, or until the sides start to brown lightly. It is important that the crust is cooked well, to prevent breaking and crumbling while serving.
Allow to cool while you prep the filling.
For the filling, beat the eggs and add in the sugar, lemon juice, and the flour. Beat until it’s nice and frothy.
Pour into the pan with the baked crust.
Put in the oven for 20 – 25 mins, or until it’s is set completely. Be sure not to undercook the filling, or it will be too sticky, so make sure it isn't jiggling when you take it out.
Allow to cool, then dust with powdered sugar if desired.
What is your favorite lemon dessert?