Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly grease 13" x
17" jelly roll pan with cooking spray
In a large mixing bowl,
combine 3-1/2 cups flour and 1 cup confectioners sugar
Add 1-3/4 cups butter to flour
and sugar. Cut butter into mixture until mixture has the
consistency of small peas. I use a dough blender.
Work the dough with your hands
and press the dough in the bottom of the greased pan, working it
3/4" to 1" up the sides of the pan as well. This
requires a lot of finger and knuckle pressing but is easily done.
I use a floured rolling pin as well. Dough will be thin.
Just make sure the thickness is fairly even
Bake for about 15 minutes or
until dough is firm to the touch (just short of browning).
Remove from oven and set aside when done
While dough is baking, crack 7
eggs into mixing bowl and beat on medium-high speed until slightly
frothy (about 2 to 3 minutes)
Stir in 3-1/2 cups granulated
sugar, lemon peel, lemon juice, 1/2 cup flour and baking powder.
Stir or mix slowly until well incorporated, scraping sides of bowl
with rubber spatula
Pour filling into hot crust
and bake for about 25 minutes or until set (top may be very light
Cool in pan for a few hours
and cut into squares
Dust with confectioners sugar
if desired and serve
Store lemon squares in
St. Joseph's Day
traditional dessert on St. Joseph's Day is Zeppole. Zeppole is a
kind of pastry ravioli that is filled with vanilla pudding,
whipped cream, or sweet cheese. Fruit jams, powdered sugar, etc.
can also be used on the outside of the pastry.
1 cup water
1/2 cup butter
1 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1 tsp lemon peel
1 tsp orange peel
Mix together water, butter, sugar
and salt. Bring to a boil in a pot. Sift in the flour until thoroughly
mixed. Now mix in eggs, lemon and orange peel.
Grease a cookie sheet and drop
dough on in dollops. Cook at 450F for about 20 minutes until golden.
Cool and then use pastry bag to inject vanilla pudding into its center.
egg yolks (reserve whites for meringue)
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/3 cups sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
1 (9-inch) pre-baked pie shell
1 recipe Meringue, recipe follows
Adjust the oven rack to the middle position. Preheat oven to 375
Whisk egg yolks in medium size mixing bowl and set aside.
In a medium saucepan, combine cornstarch, water, sugar, and salt.
Whisk to combine. Turn heat on medium and, stirring frequently, bring
mixture to a boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and gradually, 1
whisk-full at a time, add hot mixture to egg yolks and stir until you
have added at least half of the mixture.
Return egg mixture to saucepan, turn heat down to low and cook,
stirring constantly, for 1 more minute. Remove from heat and gently stir
butter, lemon juice, and zest until well combined. Pour mixture into
pie shell and top with meringue while filling is still hot. Make sure
meringue completely covers filling and that it goes right up to the edge
of the crust. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until meringue is golden.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack. Make sure pie is cooled
completely before slicing.
4 egg whites
1 pinch cream of tartar
2 tablespoons sugar
Place egg whites and cream of tartar in the bowl of a stand mixer
fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form
and then gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks
form, approximately 1 to 2 minutes. Use to top lemon filling.
Yield: topping for 1 (9-inch) pie
New England Johnny Cakes
3/4 cup sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/4 cups yellow cornmeal
2 eggs, well beaten
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 cup sweet milk
1/4 cup melted shortening
Sift flour with baking soda, salt,
and sugar. Stir in cornmeal. Combine eggs, vinegar, milk, and shortening.
Add to dry ingredients and stir just until dry ingredients are moist. Turn
into a greased 8x8x2-inch baking pan.
Bake at 400° for 30 to 35 minutes.