Lemon Macadamia Crumble Squares

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Lemon dessert recipes are in a league of their own, and to some, they are the best desserts ever created. They are a great dessert alternative for those who prefer a tangy flavour over chocolate or too sweet. Lemon gives everything a nice, refreshing flavour and it's also a great detox food too when added into water, smoothies and salads. Meyer lemons seem to be very popular in California, and many people even have their own Meyer lemon trees in their own backyards. So what's so great about these lemons anyway? Don't all lemons taste the same? While all lemons do have a similar citrus flavour with a notable tang and sourness, there are also some hints of sweetness to the sensitive connoisseur. Meyer lemons are one of the types of lemons that has a bit more of a sweet citrus flavour, that tastes a hint like a tangerine with some hints of floral flavours too. Meyer lemons also have a lot of juice in them too.

These lemons also only grow in limited parts of the US, and since they have a very delicate skin, they are hard to transport. So if you live in an area where Meyer lemon trees don't grow, you'll be lucky to find them in your grocery store, although they do make an appearance here and there. Also, while many types of lemons were brought to the US from Italy which is basically lemon heaven, Meyer lemons came from China in the early 20th century. The lemon trees are actually pretty easy to grow if you have the right weather and you can even grow them in a pot on your balcony depending on where you live. Sue from The View From Great Island shares her yummy lemon dessert recipe with us, and she uses Meyer lemons in it, but if you can't find these lemons, feel free to use any lemons you can find. You can also use any nuts you have, and not just macadamia nuts. If you're in a rush, you can also use premade filling or jam for these squares as well. The bottom of these squares is a soft and moist shortbread base and then the lemon curd on top with the nuts that make the perfect addition.

All you need for this recipe is some unsalted butter, sugar, vanilla, salt, flour, nuts of your choice, lemon curd and then you'll also make a crumble topping with some of the shortbread dough and macadamia nuts. The Meyer lemon curd is made with 6 egg yolks, some Meyer lemon juice, the zest of 1 lemon, sugar and some butter. To make the base, just mix together the butter and sugar then add in the vanilla and salt. Next, add the flour and chopped macadamias to create a nice crumbly dough. Put about 2/3 of the dough into a square baking pan and make the lemon curd. To make it at home on your own just add egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest and juice in a saucepan and whisk. Then allow it to thicken and become glossy. Then you remove from the heat and add the butter until it's nice and smooth. Then allow it to cool completely to thicken more. Then top the dough with some the lemon curd. Once you've spread on the lemon curd, crumble the chopped nuts and some of the leftover shortbread dough over the top and bake for 45 minutes. When you take it out of the oven allow the dessert recipe to cool and then cut into equal squares. For the full recipe and more easy dessert recipes check out The View From Great Island.***

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