Sunshine on a Plate: Baking Marzipan Lemon Squares

Hello there, baking enthusiasts and dessert lovers! Today, we're embarking on a delightful culinary journey into the world of sweet and tangy delights. We're going to create Marzipan Lemon Squares that are bursting with zesty goodness. These treats are like sunshine on a plate, and I can't wait to share this recipe with you.

Ingredients You'll Need:

For the Crust:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

For the Lemon Filling:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 4-5 lemons)
  • Zest of 2 lemons

For the Marzipan Topping:

  • 1 cup marzipan
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1: Preheat and Prep

- Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line an 8x8-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal.

Step 2: Make the Crust

- In a bowl, combine the flour and powdered sugar. Add the cold, cubed butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to work the butter into the dry ingredients until you have a crumbly mixture.

- Press this mixture firmly into the bottom of your prepared pan to create the crust.

Step 3: Bake the Crust

- Pop the crust into the preheated oven and bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until it's lightly golden around the edges. Remove it from the oven and let it cool while you prepare the filling.

Step 4: Create the Lemon Filling

- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, granulated sugar, flour, and baking powder until it's well combined and smooth.

- Stir in the fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. Your lemon filling will be bright and fragrant.

Step 5: Pour the Lemon Filling

- Pour the lemon filling over the baked crust. It's like a lemony pool of deliciousness.

Step 6: Bake Again

- Pop it back into the oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the filling is set and has a slight jiggle in the center. It will continue to firm up as it cools.

Step 7: Cool It Down

- Let your lemon squares cool completely in the pan. You can speed up the process by placing them in the refrigerator for a bit.

Step 8: Marzipan Magic

- In a bowl, knead together the marzipan, powdered sugar, almond extract, and milk until it's smooth and pliable. You're creating a layer of marzipan goodness to top your lemon squares.

Step 9: Add the Marzipan Topping

- Roll out the marzipan mixture into a thin layer, just slightly smaller than your pan. Gently place it on top of the cooled lemon filling.

Step 10: Cut and Serve

- Use the parchment paper overhang to lift your lemon squares out of the pan. Place them on a cutting board and slice them into squares or bars.

- Dust them with a little extra powdered sugar for a finishing touch.

There you have it, folks! Marzipan Lemon Squares that are not only beautiful to look at but also a burst of citrusy and almond goodness in every bite. They're perfect for dessert, a sweet treat, or sharing with friends and family.

Give this recipe a try, and let these Marzipan Lemon Squares brighten your day. Happy baking! 🍋🍰🌞