I thought I'd share one of our family favorites, the one always mixed and baked to perfection my brother, James. This is, actually for the benefit of Hanna, from Honey and Jam, whose wonderful blog has a habit of making me reach for a mixing bowl, drawn by mouth-watering photos and a shared love of good, well made food.
Lemon Squares3/4 cup butter (softened)1 1/2 cup flour1/2 cup powdered sugarMix butter, flour, and powdered sugar, until well blended and crumbly. If the butter is not soft you will need to cut it in. Pat into ungreased 9x13x2 baking dish. Bake 20 min. at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.3 eggs3 T. flour1 1/2 cup sugar3 T. lemon juice ( freshly squeezed is best)Mix well and pour over crust. Bake for 20 min. at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While still hot, dust with powdered sugar.Eat quickly as these are apt to disappear rapidly.
And, for Genevieve, I am sharing the recipe for the dessert we've served for Christmas dinner 3 years in a row. I don't expect we'll stop serving anytime soon.
Streusel Squash Dessert1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour1/4 cup sugar1/2 cup cold butterSTREUSEL TOPPING:1/4 cup packed brown sugar2 tablespoons all-purpose flour1 teaspoon ground cinnamon2 tablespoons cold butter1 cup chopped pecansFILLING:1 medium butternut squash (4 pounds), peeled, seeded and cubed1 cup sugar1/3 cup packed brown sugar1/4 cup cornstarch1 tablespoon ground cinnamon1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon ground ginger1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg1/2 teaspoon ground cloves2 cans (12 ounces each) evaporated milk4 eggsWhipped cream and additional cinnamon, optionalIn a bowl, combine flour and sugars; cut in butter until crumbly. Press into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until edges begin to brown. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, flour and cinnamon; cut in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans; set aside.Place squash in a large saucepan and cover with water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Transfer to a blender or food processor; cover and process until smooth. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugars, cornstarch and seasonings. Gradually beat in 4 cups squash, milk and eggs until smooth (save any remaining squash for another use). Pour over crust. Sprinkle with topping.Bake at 350° for 55-65 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Garnish with whipped cream and additional cinnamon if desired.Yield: 15-18 servings.
I hope you all enjoy! There is something so blessedly wonderful in cooking, and sewing, and, sometimes, even cleaning.