Monday, April 16, 2012

Lemon Lemon-Thyme Squares

Gardeners who are lemon-lovers no doubt will have plenty of fresh lemon-thyme growing back perennially each year. I love to just hang out in my garden and crush on the herbs for a little aromatherapy, and lemon thyme is at the top of my list for alfresco aromatherapy sessions!

Now that I have a favorite family treat, made with my precious lemon thyme, I can do something else with it besides aromatherapy and stuffing it into chicken!

This recipe is so easy to make, I've been making it once a week lately! It's a fabulous dessert, and I admit it--I have it for breakfast sometimes too!

In a little bowl, stir together the flour:
  1 cup flour
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  2 tablespoons chopped fresh lemon-thyme leaves

It's easy to just strip the tiny thyme leaves off the stem--they hardly require any chopping, and again, you'll be in heaven with the aroma!

In a mixer combine:
1 stick of unsalted room temperature butter
1/2 cup powered sugar
Mix until creamy, then add:
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Continue mixing until combined, then add the flour mixture and mix for just a short time until it's all combined into a dough. Now, stop right here...because I could eat just this dough! But I'll control myself.
Now, butter a little 8X8 pan, spread the dough into it with wet fingers (very important), and bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.

After your lemon-thyme creation has cooled, it is time to glaze it!

GLAZE: Simply stir together 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice with 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Now, this is a very light glaze, but it is plenty. I make it light to cut down on carbs, but it also hardens a little more quickly, and then you can cut it into squares, pop them out of the pan and onto your serving dish, or in a nice storage container. We eat them so quickly, I honestly don't know if they keep well for more than a couple of days--but you could try! 

             Enjoy, lemon lovers! If you don't have lemon-thyme in the garden - try it!

Eat what you bake--Write what you live--Dream your future--Stitch your heart out.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Sandy, came across your beautiful blog by chance when googling Smash books, I'm a total addict I'm afraid, and am completely hooked, lol!
    Your blog is really beautiful, and love your lemon and tyme squares, they looks delish!
    Looking forward to seeing lots more, as I have now become a follower of your blog :)
    Suzie xxx :)