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Lemon-Earl Grey Squares

Photo: Romulo Yanes; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Helen Crowther
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 2 hrs
Yield Serves 16 (serving size: 1 bar)
The flavor of the Earl Grey tea really shines through the lemony taste of these Lemon-Earl Grey Squares.

Ingredients

  • Crust:
  • Cooking spray
  • 5.6 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1 1/4 cups)
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 Earl Grey tea bags, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons chilled butter, cut into pieces
  • Filling:
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

Nutrition Information

  • calories 167
  • fat 6.7 g
  • satfat 3.9 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 0.4 g
  • protein 2.5 g
  • carbohydrate 24.5 g
  • fiber 0.4 g
  • cholesterol 49 mg
  • iron 0.7 mg
  • sodium 45 mg
  • calcium 18 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare crust, line an 8-inch square metal baking pan with foil that extends 2 inches beyond sides; coat foil with cooking spray. Weigh or lightly spoon 6 ounces flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine 6 ounces flour, 1/3 cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon tea leaves from 1 tea bag (discard remaining tea in bag), and salt in a bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press into bottom of prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 19 minutes or until lightly browned.

  3. To prepare filling, place juice in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH for 30 seconds. Add remaining 1 tea bag to juice; cover and steep 10 minutes. Squeeze juice from tea bag into bowl; discard tea bag. Combine granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and baking powder in a bowl. Add rind and eggs to juice; stir with a whisk until combined. Add sugar mixture to juice mixture; stir with a whisk until well combined.

  4. Remove crust from oven; pour filling onto hot crust. Bake at 350° for 23 minutes or until set. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Remove from pan by lifting foil. Remove foil; cut into 16 bars. Sprinkle bars with 1 tablespoon powdered sugar.