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Lemon Squares June 2, 2013

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1 cup flour

½ cup butter

¼ cup powdered sugar

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp salt

2 tsp lemon zest

2 tsp lemon juice



Mix one cup flour, butter and powdered sugar. Press into an ungreased 8 x 8 pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Beat eggs, sugar, baking powder, salt, lemon zest and juice together until light and fluffy. Pour over hot crust and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool completely and cut into squares. Makes 16 bars.


Lemon-Pecan Thins

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½ cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 well-beaten egg

1 Tbl grated lemon peel

1 Tbl lemon juice

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

dash of salt

1 cup chopped pecans



Beat first five ingredients (shortening through lemon juice) together. Add the baking powder and salt to sifted flour. Mix into creamed mixture. Stir in pecans. Form into rolls. Wrap in waxed paper and chill thoroughly. Slice very thin. Bake on greased cookie sheet for 12 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes five dozen small cookies.


Lemon Sponge Pie

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prepared pie shell

3 Tbl softened butter

1 ¼ cup sugar

4 eggs, separated

3 Tbl flour

1 ¼ cup milk

zest of two lemons

¼ cup lemon juice

dash of salt



Cream together the butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolks, flour, salt, milk, lemon juice and zest. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold into milk mixture. Pour into cooked pie shell. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 300 degrees and continue baking for 45 minutes.


Lemon Snow with Custard Sauce

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From a 1951 Woman’s Day magazine.



1 envelope unflavored gelatin

¼ cup cold water

¾ cup sugar, separated

1 cup boiling water

pinch of salt

zest of 1 lemon

juice of 2 lemons

3 eggs, separated



Soak the gelatin in ¼ cup cold water for five minutes. In a medium bowl, mix ½ cup sugar, salt and one cup boiling water. Add the lemon zest and juice. Chill until slightly thickened. Beat the egg whites until foamy, then gradually add 1 /4 cup sugar and beat until stiff. Add to the gelatin mixture and bet thoroughly. Pour into molds and chill. Serve with the custard sauce.


Custard Sauce:

Mix 3 egg yolks, ¼ cup sugar, 1 ½ cups milk and a little grated orange rind.


Lemon Cake Top Pudding

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From an old magazine clipping in Nana’s tin recipe box.



3 Tbl butter

1 cup sugar

4 eggs, separated (both yolks and whites are used)

3 Tbl flour

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tsp grated lemon zest

¼ tsp salt

1 cup milk

1/3 cup toasted, slivered almonds



Cream butter and add sugar gradually, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and beat well. Add flour, lemon juice, zest, salt and mix well. Stir in milk. Blend in ¼ cup almonds. Beat egg whites until stiff; fold into mixture. Pour into loaf baking dish, 9 x 5 inches. Set in pan of hot water and bake in slow oven (325 degrees) for 40 minutes. Lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake until brown, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining almonds and serve either warm or chilled.


Heavenly Pie

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1 cup sugar

¼ tsp. cream of tartar

4 eggs, separated (both yolks and whites are used)


Sift the first two ingredients together. Beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Gradually add sugar mixture, beating until thoroughly blended. Use this meringue to line the bottom and sides of a well-greased 9” or 10” pie pan. Bake in a slow oven (275 degrees) for one hour. Cool.



½ cup sugar

3 Tbl lemon juice

1 Tbl lemon zest

pinch of salt

1 pint or ½ pint cream (Nana wasn’t sure which)


Beat the egg yolks slightly, then stir in sugar, lemon juice, zest and salt. Cook in top of double broiler over boiling water until mixture is very thick (eight to 10 minutes). Cool. Whip cream and add half to lemon/egg mixture and use this to fill the pie shell. Cover with remaining whipped cream. Let stand 24 hours in refrigerator before serving.


Cool Lemon Soufflé

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1 Tbl grated lemon rind

2/3 cup lemon juice

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin

½ cup water

6 eggs

1 ½ cups sugar

2 cups heavy cream



In a saucepan sprinkle the gelatin over the water. Let stand for 10 minutes, then place over very low heat until gelatin dissolves. Remove from heat and cool. Combine eggs and sugar in a large bowl. Beat with electric mixer at high speed until they are very thick and light (about seven to eight minutes). While eggs and sugar are beating, whip 1 ½ cups of cream in a small bowl. Refrigerate. Combine lemon rind and juice with cooled gelatin; pour into the egg-sugar mixture and continue beating until well blended. Remove bowl from mixer. Chill briefly (approx. five minutes) either in the refrigerator or by placing the bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice water. Stir mixture frequently, just until it’s thick enough to mound. Fold in whipped cream with a rubber scraper until no streaks of white remain. Chill for at least three hours or until set. Beat the remaining cream and use for topping.