Bake Class…at Home

Baking Tunes:
Carrie Underwood – Good Girl
Santigold – Creator
Santigold – You’ll Find A Way

So…was a bit lazy this fine Saturday morning. Had a late Friday night and just decided that sleep and an afternoon visit with my friend and her kids – Princess C and Little Oh Henry – was more important. Besides, I’ve never been the perfect student…

But then the guilt set in. Probably should have gone to class. Well I put that guilt to use and decided to hold bake class, on my own, at home.

In today’s “class” I made Lemon Squares.

Started as always by scaling out my ingredients.

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Here’s a little secret, I don’t do this normally when i bake at home. I measure as I go and rarely ever prepare my ingredients beforehand. But in the spirit of class, I scaled out today. It actually is much more efficient to do so.

So there is always a base when it comes to a bar recipe. For this one, the base is made of butter, icing sugar and bread flour. I substituted with whole wheat all purpose today. So I took this mixture:

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The base had to be baked for 20 minutes so in the meanwhile I made the topping – eggs, sugar, lemon juice, bread flour, baking powder and lemon zest. All mixed together:

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With the base done, nicely tanned:

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Back into the oven for another 30 minutes, just until the topping looked set and wasn’t jiggly anymore.

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Baked and now left to cool before cutting.

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Look at this golden colour!

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I can smell the heavenly scent of sugar and melted butter.

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Crispy base and outer shell. Creamy, custard like middle with a hint of tarty lemon to contrast the buttery sweetness.

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OH MY WORD….I ate 4 of them!! Mmmmmmm….. =)

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