Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sticky Lemon Slice

I have said it before....lemon or chocolate, hard to know which of these flavours (when combined with plenty of sugar) is my favourite.  Certainly either seem to go down well at a morning tea and this recipe is no exception. This has to be one of the easiest slices to make and given how easy it is, I am surprised I don't make it more often.  Again it is all done in the food processor and although the base needs cooking for a spell before the topping is added, it is a low effort recipe. What I particularly love about this slice is how once baked you get an almost meringue-y top and a custardy lemon curd underneath. 
This is a trusty Alison Holst recipe, out of a book that is much used in my kitchen 
100 Favourite Muffins and Slices - all of those basic favourites like Louise cake, churchill squares, chocolate caramel slice, tan square and chocolate fudge slice are within its pages and it is therefore very well used.

Sticky Lemon Slice

You will need a food processor for this recipe.

2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup icing sugar
150g cold  butter, cut into cubes

1 1/2 cups sugar
thinly peeled rind of half a lemon
3 large eggs
1/4 cup of lemon juice
1/4 cup self-raising flour

Turn oven to 160C. Line a 23cm square tin with baking paper, ensuring the sides are covered and corners are sealed (fold the paper rather then cutting) so the liquid topping will not run off.

Measure the flour, icing sugar and butter into the food processor and blend until the butter is finely blended through the dry ingredients. It will look quite dry and powdery, but don't fret. Tip the mixture into the tin and press down using the back of a fish slice or something similar. Put in the oven and bake for 15-20 mins, or until firm and straw-coloured.

While the base is cooking...Without cleaning the blender add the sugar and lemon rind, blend until the rind is finely chopped through the sugar. Add the eggs, lemon juice and flour. Process until smooth.

Pour onto the partly cooked base and put back into the oven for about 30mins. The top should be lightly browned and there should not be any wobble when the tray is jiggled.

Once cooled slice into squares with a heavy, lightly oiled knife. If you are serving to guests you could sprinkle with some icing sugar just before you put it on the plate.


Kelly-Jane said...

I'm cooking from a NZ book called Gran's Kitchen just now. Need to make a bake, lemon slice it is! Yours looks lovely.

Norm said...

I LOVE Lemon Bars! These look divine - nicely done Linda!

Anna's kitchen table said...

Ooh, they look good, I'm not much of a slice baker. Don't really know why.

julie said...

I love NZ slices! So easy and so good! Thanks for the recipe :)

Shiv said...

The lemon slice is cooling on the ledge. It looks and smells great, but it took a full 50 minutes in the oven, at 160 degrees. I'm not sure why, except that I used a 20x20 cm pan instead of a 23x23 cm pan. Anyway, thanks for the recipe!