Novice: A person new to a field or activity. A beginner
I'm a novice when it comes to lemon bars / squares. I've never made them (and still haven't) and I've never eaten one.
My youngest child is a novice to adulthood (she just graduated last week from high school) and in the kitchen for the most part.
Last night while I was trying to sleep, Jacquie was in the kitchen with the food processor and mixer, whipping up a batch of lemon squares to satisfy a craving she'd had for a few days. I would normally have jumped on the idea of making something new but I'm still not feeling all that great.
She searched the internet for a recipe and found one that she liked over at Food Network.com: Luscious Lemon Squares and she went for it. She said they were surprisingly easy to make and less then 24 hours later, they are 3/4 gone.
Since I have nothing to compare them to, I can't say how they stack up to other lemon bars. They taste good. They're gooey, tart and sweet. Do they need any other qualities? (I honestly don't know)
Apparently my little baby daughter has a thing for lemon.
Since I was asleep, there are no pictures of the process. (I'm lucky I got a picture of a few of the bars before they disappeared).
Luscious Lemon Squares
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 cup butter, cut into small cubes
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
confectioners sugar for dusting
Preheat your oven to 350'F
In a food processor, blend all the ingredients until they resemble course meal. (I think the process should be pulsed and not blended?). Press the mixture into the bottom of a 13x9 pan. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool
In a bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar and lemon juice. Add the flour and baking powder and blend until just incorporated. Pour the filling into the cooled crust and bake until set....about 25 minutes. Cool completely. Dust with confectioners sugar and cut into squares.