Lemon squares are the ultimate sweet. They’re perfect with tea in the afternoon, make a lovely take-along dessert, and can be served as a pick-up sweet at a cocktail party. One of my favorite things about Lemon Squares is that they’re a cinch to prepare. A simple crumb crust is mixed up and pressed into a baking dish and baked until golden. Then, a simple lemon custard is poured over the top and the dish is baked again.
Most recipes for Lemon Squares call for a sprinkling of powdered sugar after baking, but I prefer to spread them with a delicious glaze. The idea for the glaze came when I sampled the best-ever Lemon Squares (in my opinion) at a school function, and they were coated with a luscious glaze of powdered sugar, lemon juice and melted butter. Lemon Squares can be served at casual gatherings, or can be cut into triangles for a more elegant presentation.
Beat eggs, lemon peel, sugar, lemon juice, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl about 2 minutes, until the mixture is a light lemon color. Pour over crust and bake for 25 minutes.
Makes 20 squares.