Lemon squares are not made, as Cauli likes to put it, “by combining lemons and squares.” They are a bit more complicated than that, but not by much.
I was first introduced to lemon squares by Cauli’s mom. I’d never had them before and was hesitant to try (I have my favorite desserts, and I’m always shy about trying new ones, which is silly because I generally always like them). But I did and they were incredible.
I found the recipe at Baking Bites– a great blog for a variety of baked goods. The shortbread crust was easy to make – just butter, flour, sugar, and lemon zest, and a whirl in the food processor. I adjusted this part a bit by adding roughly chopped pistachios. I think this has given the crust a fuller taste, which contrasts well with the lemony filling.
The squares came out really well, and I’d like to make them again, except with lime zest and lime juice. I think it would be an interesting and tasty alternative.