|Look at those vibrant little lemons just hanging out together. Little do they know that two of 'em are about to be sacrificed.|
One could argue that citrus is a very summer-y flavour, but anything that has cheesecake in it signals comfort food to me. And comfort food is a fall-to-winter type of romance. Gone are the days where a breezy caprese salad and pomegranate granita for dessert will satisfy me. The animal in me wants to hibernate, or at least eat like I'm preparing for hibernation.
|When baking anything citrus, I just find it good manners to use equally loud mixing bowls.|
|Some things taste as good as they look, but let's face it, these squares are fugly. No fear, they taste a lot better than they look!|
Adapted from The Complete Canadian Living Baking Book, 2008
2 cups graham cracker (crushed)
1/2 cup butter, melted
250g (1 pckg) cream cheese, soft (leave it out a few hours before baking)
1/4 cup organic sugar
1 1/4 cups organic sugar
2 tbsp finely grated lemon peel (I'd test the waters and add a bit more, depending on how tart you like your squares)
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp icing sugar
1- Base: Mix melted butter and graham crumbs until combined, press them firmly into the base a 13 x 9 metal cake pan lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Bake the at 325 F for about 12 minutes.
2-Cheesecake: In another bowl, beat softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup sugar until smooth. Beat in one egg. Spread this cheesecake layer over the base. Set aside.
3-Top: In yet another bowl, beat your 4 eggs and 1 1/4 cup sugar until thick and fluffy. Beat in your lemon juice, lemon rind, and flour. Pour this layer over the cheesecake. Bake at 325 for about 35 minutes, or until the edges are lightly brown and it looks set. Sprinkle the top with icing sugar (optional).
Note: I personally find these taste best when they are uber-cold, so after they cool, I refrigerate them. It could just be 'cause I'm coming down with something and they soothe my aching throat that way. I could really use a bowl of Ana's soup right now...