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Easy Lemon Bars

Hello hello!  I discovered this recipe from All Recipes Australia whilst looking for something yummy to make for a morning tea with my cousin.  She is an EXCELLENT cook so I wasn’t going to try anything too fancy that would demonstrate how un-excellent I am in comparison to her.  This slice was very simple, tasted delicious (my cousin took the remainder home to share with her family), and didn’t require a lot of mucking about.  I am lazy when it comes to cooking – I don’t want lots of complicated steps or procedures, or weird ingredients NO ONE has in their kitchen cupboards.  I don’t want to have to do a three hour shopping trip just so I can bake something for dessert.

Anyway, this recipe is super easy and pretty fool-proof (I’m a fool and the recipe worked, so there’s your proof, ha ha).  It’s nice and zingy with plenty of lemon flavour.

Easy Lemon Bars

Ingredients

For Base

125g butter, softened
1 1/3 cups (175g) plain flour
1/4 cup (60g) caster sugar

For Filling / Top

2 eggs
3/4 cup (185g) white sugar
2 tablespoons plain flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

Icing sugar to dust

Method

  1. For the base : Rub butter into the flour and icing sugar, until you reach a crumb stage.
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  2. Press the crumb mixture into a 20cm square cake tin, lined with baking paper.  Press down with a fork – make sure mixture goes all the way to the edges.
  3. Bake at 180 C for about 20 minutes.  Don’t allow it to brown – it should be just cooked.
  4. For the filling : In a food processor (or, alternatively, use a whisk), beat the remaining ingredients together until smooth and well combined.
  5. Pour filling over prepared base, and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes at 180 C.
  6. Remove from oven, dust with icing sugar and allow to cool before cutting into squares.

Best kept in the fridge if weather is warm.  The base is basically like shortbread, but the centre becomes gooey if allowed to get warm.  Not that gooey is a bad thing, mind you 🙂

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Hope you give these a try – they really are very quick and easy to make and VERY yummy.  My cousin and her kids approved 🙂

Thanks for stopping by x

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One Bowl Gingerbread Cake

One Bowl Gingerbread Cake

I am having lunch with my old boss (LG)  tomorrow.  She gets painting lessons from my Mum and she normally comes to Mum’s place to do them.  However, Mum is currently trying to sell her house and doesn’t really want paint and mess everywhere (so she doesn’t want me there either haha!) and it was time we visited LG’s place anyway.  So, she is providing lunch and I’m bringing afternoon tea.  This is a cake I make often, mostly because it is so easy and doesn’t have lots of steps and it is very yummy.  I would, however, warn you against it if you are diabetic – it has a buttload of sugar in it.  It’s a “sometimes” food.  You will need a reasonably large cake tin as it makes quite a bit of batter.  It freezes well and is nice on its own, iced or warmed up and served with some ice-cream, custard or cream if you like.

Gingerbread Cake 

  • Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour
  • 3/4 cup self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light olive oil
  • 1 cup golden syrup
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup milk

Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl.  Add the “wet” ingredients and mix well.  That’s it!  Pretty easy huh?  Pour batter into a cake tin which is lined with baking paper or sprayed with non-stick spray.  Bake at 180 C for about 30-40 minutes.  It is quite a wet mixture so it can sometimes take a bit longer to bake and the top can burn so keep an eye on it and cover the top with foil if need be.  Just watch it and judge if it needs extra time or less time (also depending on whether you use one big tin or two small ones).

Let it cool in the tin and then turn out on a wire rack or serving plate to cool fully.  You can dress it up simply with sifted icing sugar or drizzle some lemon icing over it.  It’s fine just as it is though.  I also like to serve it with some sliced strawberries, but that’s just me 🙂

Anyway, give it a try – it’s delicious and simple and makes your house smell gorgeous for a couple of hours!  Enjoy!