Tea Room Recipe #22 - The Yellow Daisy (Little Rock, Ark.)
I consider Lemon Squares to be one of the most classic teatime treats of all time, so I love to try new recipes for them. This one had a mild lemon flavor and a crust with an almost shortbread type of consistency. Very quick and easy to make!
The book where I found this recipe, "Lunch at the Yellow Daisy," tells of a Little Rock tea room of yesteryear that was run as a charitable operation. According to this 1978 cookbook, it was "a tea room and gift shop operated by caring people for the benefit of troubled youngsters who live at Youth Home, Inc." The cookbook was used as a fundraiser to help young people who were "finding new direction and meaning in life." I'd love to think they found it, wouldn't you?
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon lemon rind
Combine butter, powdered sugar and flour with a fork or pastry blender. Pat into bottom of an 8-inch-square baking dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over crust. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes (do not overbake). To serve, cut into squares of desired size. (Note: I halved the recipe, so the original has twice the ingredients listed here.)