Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Lemon Squares with history
I have actually never made lemon bars or squares, whatever you wish to call them before. I love eating them so I am not really sure why this was my first time.
These are a little special though, they have a history lesson with them. Stick with me here it won't be like sitting in a high school or college history class. So pop quiz time! Do you know who the 36th president is and what his favorite sweet treat was? Well if you said Lyndon B. Johnson and lemon squares you are correct!!
Now you are asking why in the world does she know this?? Well I have this cool cook book called Presidential Cookies that has the favorite cookies/sweet treats of the presidents George Washington to George W. Bush. Its fun book and some of the recipes have a picture from the white house cook book at the time. Here are Lady Bird Johnson's Lemon squares that she made for the president.
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup butter cold but soft (2sticks)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the crust items together. Press in to a greased 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly browned.
2 cups sugar
1tsp baking powder
3 beaten eggs
Juice and grated rind of 2 lemons
powdered sugar for dusting
Mix the ingredients in the order given leaving the powdered sugar to the side. Poor over the baked crust. Bake 20-25 minutes or until set. Cool the pan and dust with powdered sugar.