Sweet Adventures: Lemon Shortbread Slice


This is my second time to join in with the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop, which I had great fun with when I posted the Easy Chocolate Brownies in January.

I got a little bit adventurous this time and modified my other half’s childhood favourite family recipe: pineapple slice. Even though I was told under no circumstances should the recipe be meddled with, I went ahead and did it anyway. They turned out not too lemony so you could probably alter how much lemon and/or sugar to add depending on how tart you like your lemon dessert experience.

Lemon Shortbread Slice is made in two parts:

For the base you need:

  • 115g butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups of self raising flour

For the topping I used:

  • 3 organic lemons, juiced, including as much pulp as possible
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbspn custard powder
  • 2 Tbspn butter
  • 1 cup water

To make the base:

  1. Line a large baking tin (31cm x 23cm) with baking parchment and pre-heat your oven to 170 C
  2. Cream the butter and the sugar.
  3. Add the egg then slowly add the flour.
  4. Firmly press the base mixture into the baking tin and bake for 20 minutes.

To make the topping:

  1. Boil together the lemon juice, sugar, water, butter and custard powder until it thickens.
  2. Pour over the baked base and make sure it is entirely covered and level.
  3. Allow it to cool in the fridge and then slice into squares.

This slice seems to improve with age so if you can wait until the next day to eat, it will be better. Trust me.

Use this link to go to the host blog by Deliciuex and find loads of other lemony desserts.

12 thoughts on “Sweet Adventures: Lemon Shortbread Slice

  1. Loving this different take on lemon slice. A new family tradition for you now?
    I love lemon, but husband isn’t much of a fan of lemon on things. He does like shortbread though , this could be a compromise for us… I’ll definitely be trying it.

    • Thanks Mel! Yes, I think I will try it again, but perhaps alternate with the pineapple version. My OH is a big fan of lemons so even if my slice is not exactly the same as he remembers his mum making it, I can probably get away with it.

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