Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lemon Crumb Squares

Last night i decided i wanted to try a new recipe while listening to Game three round two of the Seadogs Playoffs. I poked through my cookbooks and found this one in the square book my Mom gave me for Christmas. It looked simple enough, the picture looks delicious and i had all the ingredients; off to the kitchen!

Lemon Crumb Squares

Bottom Layer
3/4 cup butter or hard margarine.
1+3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs.
3/4 cup all purpose flour.
1/2 cup sugar.
1/2 cup medium unsweetened coconut.

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat; stir in remaining ingredients. Press 2/3 of the mixture into an 9 X 9 inch pan. Reserve remaining crumb mixture for topping. 

Top Layer
1 large egg.
1/2 cup fine coconut
1/2 cup sugar.
1/4 cup lemon juice.
2 tsp grated lemon zest.

Combine all the ingredients in a small heavy saucepan. Heat on medium for five minutes, stirring constantly until thickened. Spread evenly over bottom layer; sprinkle reserved crumbs over top. Press down gently. 
Bake at 350 F for 25 to 30 minutes, until golden brown. Let stand on wire rack to cool. Cuts into 36 squares. 

Usually, when measuring butter, i just eyeball it. This time, i decided to actually measure it. Yikes that's a lot of butter! The bottom came together nicely and i packed it into a large rectangle pan, saving some as the recipe stated. I think i may have saved to much, because the lemon layer can barely be seen but it still turned out nicely.

I was lucky that the one lemon i had gave me just enough juice. I had doubts that the mixture as going to thicken, but once it started to it was sudden! I actually followed the recipe and stirred the whole time, so i didn't burn the pudding this time! :-)

It really did not look like enough to cover the bottom layer, but it was just enough. Maybe next time i will use a smaller pan.

While impatiently waiting for them to cool, i continued to listen to the hockey game. I really do not know much about hockey, i like to watch for the fist fights :-) and i listen just to hear the words 'SCORE!!!!', i got to hear it six times for the Seadogs! They won the second game 6 to 3, which means they are up two games to one in this round, Yay! Here's hoping they can do it again tonight!!