Friday, May 8, 2009
It's warming up - and I mean warming up - here in Suzhou. Maybe 'heating up' would be a better word. In the sun, it was probably hotter than in Penang. But it's not that bad yet. Soon, humidity will pick up and by July/August, Suzhou is one giant sauna. These are great temperatures for baking bread though. There will be more bread posts coming up so watch this space.
In this heat, I had a hankering for something lemony cool - like an ice cool lemonade. I saw this recipe on Baking Cakes Galore and decided to make it. Again, it was fast to make, with no-fuss ingredients. I completed the job in about an hour, baking and washing up included. The lemon topping has real pucker-power. Be ready for an explosion of sour - and I mean that in a good way. The leftovers were left in the fridge and the next day tastes even more like a piece of cold lemonade.
Butter 125g softened
Icing sugar 40g
Plain flour 150g
Caster sugar 225g
Lemon zest 2 tbsp finely grated
Lemon juice 125 ml
Plain flour 2 tbsp
You will need 20cm (8 in) square tin, line the base and sides with tin foil, extending the tin foil 2cm (¾ in) above the edge of the tin. This will help to ease out the bar when ready for slicing.
Pre-heat the oven to 180°C/fan oven 160°C/350°F/Gas mark 4. Beat the butter and icing sugar in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in the 150g (5 oz) of flour. Press the mixture evenly over the base of the prepared tin. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 15 minutes until browned lightly. Meanwhile, place the eggs, caster sugar, remaining 2 tablespoons flour, zest and juice in a bowl. Whisk until combined. Pour the egg mixture over the hot base. Return to the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until firm. Cool in the tin on a wire rack before cutting into squares. Dust with extra sifted icing sugar, if desired or a slice of thinly sliced lemon/lime. Store sliced, covered in the refrigerator for up to three days.