Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Meyer Lemon Squares

The rest of the Meyer lemons I bought last week HAD to be baked into something delicious!  They were sitting in a bowl on my counter, staring me down.  Begging me to squeeze them, zest them, juice them, bake them, eat them!! 

Ta-Dah---lightened up Meyer Lemon Squares!  (Only 118 calories, 3.2 grams of fat each!  Original recipe is from my Cooking Light cookbook.)

Meyer Lemon Squares

1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 cup all purpose flour

3 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/3 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice
3 Tbsp. all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/8 tsp. salt
2 tsp. powdered sugar, for garnish

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  To prepare crust, beat 1/4 cup sugar and butter on medium speed of a mixer until light and fluffy.  Lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup and level with a knife.  Gradually add 1 cup flour to sugar mixture, beating on low speed until mixture resembles fine crumbs.  Gently press mixture into bottom of 8 inch square baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes and cool while you prepare the topping.

To prepare topping, beat eggs at medium speed until foamy.  Add 3/4 cup sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and salt;  beat until well blended.  Pour egg mixture over crust.  Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until set.  Cool on a wire rack.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Yield:  16 servings.

These are tart and sweet at the same time, and perfect for a light dessert!  Try them and let me know what you think!

1 comment:

  1. Those look fabulous! I have some Meyer lemons just waiting to be used!