lemon delicious slice …

last weekend i picked the first ‘crop’ of lemons from my tree this season.

(photo taken after first pickings – i’ll be living off lemons for a while …)

these lemons are meyer lemons – the kind that are sweet enough to eat.

when it comes to cooking with lemons, the possibilities are endless.  i wanted a simple and easy recipe.  enter the lemon delicious slice. (recipe courtesy of taste.com.au)

150g unsalted butter, chopped
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup caster sugar
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 1/3 cups plain flour
icing sugar mixture, to serve

lemon topping
4 eggs
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon rind
1/3 cup plain flour
1 1/3 cups caster sugar
2/3 cup lemon juice

1) preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced.  grease a 3cm-deep, 16cm x 26cm slice pan.  line with baking paper, allowing a 2cm overhang on all sides.
2) place butter in a large microwave-safe bowl.  microwave on medium (50%) for 1 minute or until melted.  set aside to cool.  stir in vanilla and sugar.  sift flours over butter mixture.  using a wooden spoon, stir until a soft dough forms.  transfer to prepared pan.  press into pan.  bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden.  remove from oven.  set aside to cool.
3) make topping – whisk eggs, lemon rind, flour and sugar together until smooth.  add lemon juice.  whisk to combine.  pour over base.  bake for 15 minutes or until just set.  cool completely in pan.  dust with icing sugar.  cut into pieces.  serve.

makes 24.

the good thing about this recipe was that i was able to make it gluten-free!

“i believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade … and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” ~ ron white


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