Lemon Squares

Lemon Squares

 

I needed lemon zest and juice for my last TWD post. So, I bought a bag of lemons because it was cheaper than buyer individual ones and also my husband loves the scent of lemons. It’s aromatherapy at it’s best. I recently read that in Japan the essential oil of lemon is diffused through the air systems of offices and factories because it increases concentration and the ability to memorize. Research shows that the aroma of lemon is relaxing to brain waves, which improves concentration. Smelling lemon can be helpful when making decisions because it seems to stimulate the mind while calming your emotions. Lemon aromatherapy=goodness.

I knew I would be making a lemon dessert with some of these babies, but my dilemma was what to make? I decided on lemon squares. This was my first attempt at the delicious combination of the buttery crust and heavenly lemon topping. As with most desserts, there are a plethora of recipes on the internet and throughout cookbooks. I tend to want to make my desserts a little on the healthier and “wholesome” side.

I found a recipe in The American Heart Association Low-fat & Luscious Desserts cookbook. This was a book that I had checked out of our local library during one of our weekly visits. I knew this was one that I just had to have on my shelves at home. I’ve made several of the recipes to rave reviews from my family. This recipe was called lemony lime squares. I just omitted the limes.

Here is what I did:

Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease an 8 inch baking dish.

Combine the following in a medium bowl.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup margarine

Beat with an electric mixer on medium until mixture is crumbly. Press evenly on bottom of baking dish.

Bake for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in same bowl, beat the following ingredients on medium for 2 minutes.

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbs flour
  • the zest of 1 1/2 regular sized lemons
  • the juice of 1 1/2 regular sized lemons
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder

Pour this thin mixture over the hot crust.

Bake for 20 minutes or until topping is set. Let cool on a rack for 30 minutes before cutting into squares. Dust with 2 Tbs confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

Makes 16 squares containing approximately 111 calories, 2 grams of protein, 20 grams of carbohydrates and 3 grams of total fat.

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