At the same time that I made the lemon curd and the lemon squares I wrote about a few weeks ago, I also made these â€œFlorida Lemon Squaresâ€ from a Maida Heatter recipe. I had a lot of lemons that week and I was deluding myself into thinking this recipe could possible be classified as healthy since it includes a cup of old fashioned oatmealâ€¦ I figured if I ate enough of these lemon squares, I would eventually eat enough oatmeal to clear out my intestines! Talk about dopey rationalizingâ€¦at any rate, these cookies/squares were delicious and really easy to make. Definitely a recipe to be repeated in our household. You will need the following ingredients: 1 and Â½ cups sifted all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, Â½ teaspoon salt, 1 can of condensed milk (15 ounces), finely grated lemon rind from 1-2 lemons, Â½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, seeds removed, 12 tablespoons of unsalted butter, 1 cup muscovado sugar, packed down and 1 cup of old fashioned oatmeal.
Turn your oven on and set to 350 degrees F. Butter a 9×12 inch pan. Sift together the flour baking powder and salt and set this aside. In a medium sized bowl, add the condensed milk and the lemon rind and whisk to mix. Then slowly add the lemon juice and whisk to keep the mixture smooth. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and add sugar and mix well. On the lowest speed, add the sifted flour mixture and bbeat only until incorporated. Mix in the oatmeal. The mixture will be crumbly. Sprinkle half of this mixture onto the bottom of the pan and pat it down to smoothen it out. Then add the lemon mixture and spread it as evenly as possible over the oatmeal base. Sprinkle the remaining half of the oatmeal mixture on top of the lemon mixture and try to smooth it out a bit. Some lemon will make its way to the surface. Perfection here is not required. Bake this for about 30 minutes until the dessert has a slightly golden surface. Cool the cake completely, then pop in the fridge for several hours before cutting. Cut into desired size (smaller is better as these are intensely flavored) and use a spatula to recove squares from the pan. Sprinkle with confectionerâ€™s sugar just before servingâ€¦