I love surprises.
Sometimes you need to surprise yourself out of the blue. Do something you've always wanted to do. Do something spontaneous. Do it for yourself. Do it for others. Just do it.
Go rock climing. Go bungee jumping. Go sky diving. Go jump off a bridge. No, I'm kidding. Unless you want to. I know I would. And it doesn't have to be something adventurous. It can be anything. Go buy yourself an ice cream on a winter night. Go sip a cup of hot chocolate by yourself in a coffee shop and just watch the world go past. Go tell somebody you love them. Go buy roses for your loved one. Go talk to a stranger on the train. Because you never know, the thing that you do could be the turning point in your life.
So what are you waiting for?
Start by spicing up your life with a lemon slice.
Go get yourself two juicy lemons.
Take out your utensils. Yes, it's all about the love.
and a 30 x 20 cm slice pan.
Measure out the ingredients. I'm messy like that.
Be sure to grease and line slice pan with baking paper. It's a must.
Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and flour until crumbly, then press mixture unto base of pan. Don't over-beat it or else it will become doughy and will be hard to spread.
Bake for about 10 minutes, or until slightly brown.
Prepare to grate ze lemons.
Now, they're unclothed and naked. Shameless.
Whisk the rest of the ingredients and quickly pour into the pan.
Once it's cooked and cooled, dust with icing sugar.
before it's gone!
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
125g unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups plain flour, sifted
Extra 1 cup caster sugar
Extra 2 Tbsp plain flour
1/2 cup milk
Finely grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
Pure icing sugar, for dusting
1. Preheat oven to 180ºC. Line base and sides of a 30 x 20cm lamington tin with baking paper. Using an electric beater, cream butter, sugar and vanilla until light and creamy. Sift over flour and stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Press mixture into base and 2.5cm up sides of prepared tin. Bake for 10 minutes or until starting to brown around edges; let cool.
2. Put eggs, extra sugar and flour, milk, rind and juice in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Pour mixture over base. Bake for 35 - 40 minutes or until just set. Stand tin on a wire rack to cool. When cold, cut into squares and dust with icing sugar.