A Lemon Slice Experiment

I’ve had a lonely lemon waiting to be used for a little while now. I’ve done the Lemon Magic Cake, and Lemon Delicious, and I wanted to make something that could be added to a lunchbox. Usually I would make muffins or cupcakes, but I decided a slice would be good.

I don’t remember making lemon slice before, so I went to Pinterest for some lovely recipes 😉 But none were exactly what I wanted, although the ones I pinned all had some good features to them. So I set about combining three recipes into one – taking the bits that I wanted and adjusting the rest.

The three recipes I started with were Healthy Lemon Bars, from Foodie FiascoGluten-Free lemon Bars, from The Frugal Farm Wife, and my friend Mimi’s Gluten-Free Citrus Tart, from A Tray of Bliss.

Apart from Mimi’s Citrus Tart I have not made the other recipes, however I would assume they are perfectly good to eat 🙂 We are not gluten-free in this house, if you are it would be best to follow the original recipes. I did not change the recipes because I didn’t like them, more that I found something appealing about each and wanted it all!

So what I ended up with is this:

Saw it, Pinned it, Did it! - Lemon Slice

It’s very tangy, just the way we like it! They got a thumbs up from my son, and we all know if the kids like something then it’s a winner!

Here’s my adapted recipe:

Base

2 cups combined flour and crunched up biscuits/cereal (you know, when you get to the end of a pack and there’s only a couple of broken biccies left, or the crumbs from the bottom of the cereal packet)

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup oil (I used Rice Bran Oil, use whatever you normally would. You’ll get a slightly different flavour depending on which oil you use)

Topping

4 eggs

1 cup castor sugar

3/4 cup plain yoghurt (natural or Greek)

2T flour

Juice and zest of a large lemon

Method

Preheat your oven to 180 degrees C. Line your baking tin with baking paper, leaving enough to hang over the sides so you can lift it out. I used a dish that was 20cm x 28cm.

To crush my biscuits, I put them in the almost empty cereal bag, and bashed it with a rolling pin. The cereal packet is quite strong so this method works well! I used some savoiardi biscuits (sponge finger) that I bought I Don’t Know When to make I Don’t Know What. Use whatever leftover biscuits and cereal you have. You may need to adjust the sugar amount depending on the sweetness of these. If you don’t have any leftover biccies or cereal, just use all flour a la Mimi’s Citrus Tart recipe.

Saw it,Pinned it, Did it - Lemon Bar base mix

When they were crushed reasonably fine I put them in a bowl and mixed with the sugar and oil. Start with 1/2 cup of oil, but you could need more. If the mix isn’t coming together add oil a tablespoon at a time until it does.

Saw it, Pinned it, Did it - Lemon Bar base

Press your base mix into the baking dish and cook for around 20 minutes, or until it is just golden.

While it is baking, make the topping.

Beat the eggs together with the other ingredients.

When the base is ready, pour the topping over it, and bake for another 25-30 minutes, or until it is just set. As a variation, you can sprinkle shredded coconut over the top. I did this over half to see which we liked best. We prefer it without coconut.

Let it cool before cutting. If you must, you may dust it with icing sugar, but I didn’t (as you can see!)

Saw it, Pinned it, Did it! Lemon Slice

 I must confess that I used a passionfruit yoghurt because that’s what was in the fridge. I was also aiming for 1 cups worth, but I only had 3/4 cup. There is a hint of passionfruit flavour in my slice. I used a little less than 1 cup of sugar, as my yoghurt was a bit sweeter than if it was plain.

My large lemon gave me 1/2 a cup of juice. I wanted to make sure it was tangy so I added 1/4 cup of bottled lemon juice. The end result was very tangy (which we love) but 1/2 cup of lemon juice would probably be enough for most people.

I was a bit worried that it would taste ‘eggy’ like the Magic Cake did. But it didn’t. Yay!

Saw it, Pinned it, Did it! - Delicious Lemon Slice

Would I consider this experiment a success? Yes, I would! I will have to make it again just to check. Lucky we love lemon flavours in this house!

Do you combine or adjust recipes to fit your vision for a dish? How often does it work for you?

Linking up with:

21 Rosemary Lane – Share Your Style, Table and Hearth – Think and Make Thursday, To Simply Inspire – The Mommy Club, Too Much Time on my Hands – The Handmade Hangout, Love Bakes Good Cakes – Freedom Fridays, Posed Perfection – Creative Ways, The Pin Junkie, Have a Daily Cup of Mrs Olsen – Share Your Cup, The Princess and Her Cowboys – Wednesday Roundup, Lamberts Lately – Create It Thursday, Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday, Domesblissity – Thriving on Thursdays, The Life of Jennifer Dawn – A Little Bird Told Me, Life With Lorelei – Home Matters, A Tray of Bliss – Five Star Frou Frou, Domestic Superhero – Pinworthy Projects, Oh My Heartsie Girl – Friday Features, 24 Cottonwood Lane – Best of the Weekend, Natasha in Oz – Sundays Down Under, The Interior Frugalista – DIY Sunday Showcase, The Pinterested Parent – Sunday’s Best, Thoughts From Alice – Sundays at Home, My Pinterventures – Merry Monday, Claire Justine – Creative Mondays, I Should be Mopping the Floor – Inspiration Monday, Pastels and Macarons – The Creative Corner, Create With Joy – Inspire Me Monday, Julie’s Lifestyle – Cooking and Crafting With J & J, Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party, Yesterday on Tuesday – Project Inspired, Merry About Town – Monday Funday, Kathe With an E –  You’re Gonna Love it Tuesday, Our Home Away From Home – Tuesdays at our Home, Cosy Little House – Tweak it Tuesday, Tip Junkie – Tip me Tuesday,

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8 thoughts on “A Lemon Slice Experiment

  1. Ooh how yummy and I like how easy it is! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you’ll join us again next week. Sharing your post on Twitter!

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  2. This is perfect! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we get to see your fabulous new creations. The party goes until Friday at 7 pm. Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

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  3. Look super yummy! I love lemon bars, so I know I would love these as well. Fun idea to use the bottom of the cereal box goodies. Mine normally go in the trash. In fact, threw some out this morning. Thanks for sharing your recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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