Monday, November 10, 2008

lemon-lime squares.

My dear friend and co-blogger Alice is known (at least to me) for her love of cute baked goods. When asked for advice on what I should bake, her typical response is something along the lines of, "we should bake something adorable!", a line that occurred once again this afternoon. While I am usually one to bake something messier and generally "home-cooked looking," I do enjoy finding a nice balance between super-cute and quaintly homemade. And so, after examining what I had on hand and searching through a pile of cookbooks, we settled on these sweet lemon-lime bars.

After I started the crust, Alice turned around and noticed one of my tiny ceramic baking dishes, a special one to me hand-picked by my son (because "Mum likes kitchen things!"). Due to its fortunate yellow shade, she decided that it would be perfect to bake this yellow-colored dessert in. Yes, I must say that it, along with the thinly-sliced lemon and lime slices scattered on top, added majorly to the adorable factor.

And the bars? I'll admit that I have never been a huge fan of citrus desserts, but goodness. They really hit the spot. Buttery crust with flecks of lemon and a beautiful sweet custard topping topped with a bit of coconut and powdered sugar. How can that be bad?

Lemon-Lime Squares: adapted slightly from the best bake sale ever cookbook


For the crust:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' (powdered) sugar
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
For the filling:
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
confectioners' sugar for dusting
1/4 to 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Prepare the crust: In a medium bowl, or the bowl of a food processor, mix together the flour, sugar, and lemon zest. Cut in the butter to make a dough the consistency of coarse cornmeal. Or make the dough in a food processor, mixing the dry ingredients, then pulsing in the butter. Press the dough evenly over the bottom of an ungreased 8-inch square baking pan. Bake the crust in the center of the oven for 15-20 minutes, or until it is just beginning to turn golden around the edges.

While the crust is baking, prepare the filling: In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the eggs, sugar, and lemon and lime juices until light, about 2 to 3 minutes. Mix in the flour and beat just until combines. Pour the filling over the hot baked crust. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes longer, or until the filling is set. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Using a small sharp knife, cut into squares. Sprinkle with confectioners' sugar and, if desired, sprinkle with coconut.

As seen above, fall has hit my backyard hard.


PatriCa BB said...

cool web site ! pls keep it up ! :)

Maya said...

i love lemon lime bars...classic! looks so pretty and delicious.

Richard D. Bartlett said...

thoughtful of your backyard to match your outfit so nicely

VeggieGirl said...

Cute squares, for sure!!

Hooray for fall foliage!!

Melissa said...

I have never actually made something like that before because I don't really like lemony stuff, but those look delish! Maybe we will try them!

Chocolate Shavings said...

Those lemon-lime squares look delicious. Beautiful pictures too.

once in a blue moon... said...

love these!

Bianca said...

your backyard looks exactly like the simpsons' backyard!! i'm just searching for ned flanders behinde the fence... :-D

Caroline Belle said...

thanks for this recipe i love lemon bars but could never find a recipe that was just right- not anymore!

tony a.k.a. isweatbutter said...

i can't decide which is cuter, that tiny baking dish or your outfit. it's a close call. (totally not joking.)

and i'm making those tonight! how fantastic is the feeling when you come across a new recipe and realize that you already have all the ingredients? it's priceless!

Jane Maynard said...

love the photos on this one! I've never had lemon lime bars. sounds divine.

Tokyoastrogirl said...

Do you two spend each day eating warm, freshly baked cookies, muffins and lemon-lime bars in your beautiful vintage outfits while sharing the wonderful camaraderie that exists only between friend-soul-mates, all of which is cataloged in gorgeous photographs while your cute children laugh, sing and dance around you as butterflies land on your lavender-colored heads of hair?

:) just wondering cos it certainly seems that way and I think it's the way life should be lived.

Kylie said...

Those photos are AMAZING! Wow I am speechless.

Teresa said...

Thank you thank you! This is perfect! I picked a HUGE mound of lemons and limes last week and have been waiting for some inspiration.

Amy said...

I just started a blog and love the idea of putting up recipes, since it is a foodie blog, but I am concerned with copyright laws. I noticed that you mention the cook book name and then put up the recipe. Is this a safe way to use other peoples materials? I have started doing it, but just wanted to double check. Thanks, Amy

the projectivist said...

i wasn't sure you'd be able to get them out of that baking dish, but you did it!

i just adore any lemony-based cakes and biscuits, i will have to make these this weekend.

as always, beautiful images.

Y said...

What gorgeous photos! Looove lemon slice :)

Megan said...

I always bake tiny things too! My theory is that people are more likely to try something if it's, say, a tiny square of brownie rather than an oversized muffin.

ana dane said...

the next best thing to baking something adorable is eating it.

wish i could have a bite. and then sit in a giant pile of those leaves.

Olga said...

1) love tiny desserts
2) love the photo of the girl holding the plate
3) I have the same yellow bowls (aren't they the best?)...are yours from Sur La Table too?

Irma said...

Beautiful photos. Recipe's worth to try. Thank you

Cazy k8 said...

AWESOME!!!!! thank you.