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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Mealtime Musings: Lemon Slice

Before digging around for this slice recipe for MOPS, I had never made any kind of sweet slice before mainly because I don't have a sweet tooth and I don't like having sweet things around the house. Despite my deep and abiding affection for many things edible, I haven't been much of baker until last year when I donned the whole stay-at-home cap and then decided to experiment with a few things. It's horrifying to me how expensive this stuff is to buy even in the supermarket. I'm putting this up because a few friends have asked me for it.

I can't take any credit for inventing this recipe but I have been told by a number of people that it's good. It's entirely possible they were merely prevaricating to bolster my already fragile ego but over the years I have learned to listen for the ring of sincerity . And when people move to Stage 2 and ask for the recipe, it does remove all doubt instantly. For whatever it's worth, the husband and the 9 year old likes it a lot. While this recipe calls for a certain amount of lemon juice, it does contain quite a bit sugar.
(Credit: Taste.com.au)

250g  unsalted butter, softened
85g    icing sugar
2 1/2 cups (375g) plain flour, sifted
4  lemons
4  eggs
400g  caster sugar
1 tsp  baking powder

 1. Grease and line base of 4cm-deep, 30cm x 20 cm slice pan
 2. Place the butter and icing sugar in a food processor and process until well combined. Add 2 cups (300g) of the flour and process until the mixture comes together in a ball.  Press into the base of the prepared pan and chill for 15 minutes.
3. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius.
4. Place pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes, then set aside to cool while you prepare the topping. Finely grate rind from 2 of the lemons, then juice all 4 (you will need about 90ml of juice)
5. Whisk together eggs and caster sugar in a large bowl until well-combined. Add remaining flour, and the baking powder, rind and juice. Whisk gently to combine. Pour mixture over cooled base and return to overn for a further 30 minutes or until topping is set and tinged golden. Cool in the pan, then cut into slices.
6. Dust with extra icing sugar to serve.

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