If you’re like me and spent your diaper days thinking you would grow up to be a Disney princess/character, you have probably long since experienced that moment when some well-meaning adult sat you down, looked you straight in your beaming bright baby eyes, and said one of the following:
Speech A: “Kid, let’s face it. Ariel was the daughter who ran away from her tyrannical sea king of a father who forbade his entire kingdom to sleep when she went missing, and then she ended up marrying a guy she “knew” for 48 hours and having a kid who ended up ditching them because all SHE wanted to do was go to the sea. Talk about a dysfunctional family…
Speech B: “Belle never worked for that damn loaf of bread she was always singing about. And she was a victim of Stockholm’s syndrome. Does that sound like la vie en rose to you? Because if it does–well, in the words a hallucinogen-induced anthropomorphized talking candlestick…Be my guest.“
Speech C: “Aladdin–chronic liar. Rapunzel–societal recluse. Simba–unrealistic responsibility-shirker. Peter Pan–one big Freudian slip. Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella–desperate damsels in distress fleeing from murderous pursuers and sought by princes with really, REALLY overactive sets of lips.”
And so on and so forth.
I WAS NOT INFORMED OF ANY OF THIS.
Okay, maybe a few times. But I wasn’t informed of it in a way that would’ve persuaded me to actually buy it. I mean, so fine–Disney movies admittedly have their share of issues. I mean really, really big and sometimes morally reprehensible issues. And I recognize that. But really, since when is everything perfect in life?
Never, that’s when. As the saying goes, you can’t have your cake and eat it, too.
Fortunately, I am not a big fan of cake. Of all the delectable, makes-life-worth-living desserts out there, cake simply isn’t at the top of my list. Lemon squares, however, are.
As the good saying goes, “When life throws lemons at you, make lemonade.”
Or the better one, “When life throws lemons at you, make orange juice and watch the world wonder how you did it.”
Or, the best one, “When life throws lemons at you, throw ‘em back and yell really loudly like a feral animal so your enemies will run away screaming in terror.”
Okay, I made that last one up.
But you COULD make these tangy, gooey, sweet and tart lemon squares with a really satisfying strawberry or raspberry jam layer and turn even your worst enemies into BFFL’s.
You’ll want this recipe! Print it now and get those lemons going, folks.
Or better yet, let the seven little dwarves sitting in your closet do it while you indulge.
Because I know you have ‘em.
Don’t think I don’t. But this job’s mine, folks. And another batch of these gorgeous lemon squares will be too, if you don’t hurry up and make your own. I WILL devour them.
Which Disney character would you love to be in your life?
Lemon Raspberry Squares Yield: 1 9×9-inch baking pan Ingredients:
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/4 cup white sugar
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- Zest of 1-2 lemons (approximately 1-2 tablespoons)
- 3/4 – 1 cup raspberry or strawberry jam.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9×9-inch baking pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, blend together butter, 1/3 cup white sugar, and 1 1/2 cups flour. Continue mixing until the mixture turns from crumbly to pretty smooth (of a more butter-like consistency). Press evenly and lightly into prepared pan. Bake crust for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and firm.
- As the crust is baking, make your lemon filling by whisking together 1 1/4 cups white sugar and 1/4 cup flour. Whisk in eggs, lemon juice, and lemon zest until smooth.
- Spread jam of your choice over the slightly cooled crust, taking care to leave about half an inch around the edges so the jam doesn’t burn. Pour lemon mixture over crust and jam, and return pan to oven. Bake for an additional 25-35 minutes, until filling is mostly set. (The squares will firm up as they cool, and in the fridge as well.) Allow squares to cool completely at room temperature before transferring them in the pan (covered) to the fridge and allowing them to set up for at least a few hours, or preferably overnight.
- Cut into squares the next day and serve while singing Disney princess songs and humming to your helper animals!