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Monday, April 27, 2009

Sunny Lemony Squares

As I got older I noticed that my taste changes. Some foods that I don't like before when I was a kid like peanut butter and lemons. Now seems so good to me like a comfort food! Yeah...Weird I know...
Few weeks ago, I bought a bunch of lemons. I have been contemplating what to make. I have a delicious Lemon Meringue Torte that I know my family loves because it is indeed delicious if I do say so myself. However, with Manila's hot summer there is no way that I can stand the heat that long because that dessert is very labor intensive. The next thing that I thought of making is Lemon Squares / Lemon Bars, it seems easy enough, right? Well... in a sense its indeed easy. I just had a hard time choosing from which books will I get the recipe. After days of deliberation I finally decided to use one from Tartine.
I'm actually amaze how easy this recipe is and the shortbread crust is excellent. The original recipe called for some pine nuts, but I did not have that handy so I used some walnuts instead. It added a nice crunch in the crust. The lemon layer is on the thin side which is great because I don't want it too tangy. For me it just add the right amount of zing when you bite into it.
As you can see I kinda got a bit carried away with the dusting of confectioner's sugar, but I find it too pretty and I love dusting it makes it more special and elegant.


  1. These lemon bars indeed look very pretty and catchy. Even i was thinking of baking something like these with my leftover lemons.. I think i'll try your recipe.

  2. Yeah Ramya, try this recipe from Tartine it's good

  3. i love lemon squares!

  4. i have been staring at this recipe in Tartine for quite a while now, wondering whether or not to bake it. after seeing this post, i'm definitely going to give it a try soon!