This week's recipe for Tuesday's With Dorie was French Style Lemon Squares. These were absolutely delicious. They were probably my favorite recipe we have made to date and that is saying a lot because I am a chocolate person! It's been a while since we baked from the book. The holidays got the better of us. So glad we came back for this one.
My only regret is that we took them out of the pan too soon and they were a gooey mess that fell apart. But, that just made us spoon them up faster and cut bigger pieces. We were able to form them a bit after they refrigerated. Next time I will definitely cut them in the pan or wait more than two hours before trying to extract them from the pan. Otherwise they were a huge success.
We made the curd filling the night before and it was a breeze. We did need to leave it on the stove a little longer than the 10 minutes called for in the recipe. But, this may have been because the burner wasn't hot when I started. The curd was so yummy we couldn't stop licking the bowl, I had to force myself to put it in the sink to stop licking it clean.
The crust came together easily and was still very soft when we took it out of the oven after the first bake. But, it was a beautiful golden color and we didn't want to over bake it. We cooled the crust to room temperature and filled with the lemon curd and topped with the crumbled crust and almonds. It looked beautiful before it went in the oven and when it came out. However, once we tried to extract it from the pan it became a big gloppy mess. Next time we will wait more than two hours to unmold it. But, it was out-of-this-world none the less.
I highly recommend trying this recipe. It can be found on page 326-327 in Dorie Greenspan's book Baking Chez Moi.