A Little Taste of NOLA

With Fat Tuesday less than a week away, I thought I should share one of my favorite recipes straight out of the home of Mardi Gras.  My BFF’s roots run deep in New Orleans, so when I have any questions regarding anything NOLA, I refer them over to her.  I was planning a little dinner party, and Darling Husband requested Crawfish Etouffee…I have been making this recipe for years…it is one of my specialties (someday, I’m sure you will see my method featured here).  I was thinking great french bread, a beautiful salad, DIXIE beer…but had no ideas for a signature New Orleans dessert.  Help was a phone call & text message away!  I still have this saved in my phone’s notes :).  I usually have all of these ingredients on hand…even better!

In Brandy’s words:

K…lemon squares are one of my nanas specialties! Straight from her recipe! …1/4 c. Powder sugar…1/2 c. Butter softened…1 c. Flour….pinch of salt… press into 9″ square pan and bake 15 minutes at 350. 

  *this will not come together like dough, it really comes together when you press it into the pan…just make sure ingredients are well incorporated*

Next… 2 eggs beaten …1 c. Sugar..rind of 1 lemon + 2 tbspoon of juice…

*zest the lemon first*

*remove all seeds!*

*you don’t even need a mixer!*

2 tbspoon flour…


and pour over top mixture

and bake at 350 for 20 minutes…

Back to my words ;)…Let them cool in the pan, until the pan is at least cool enough to touch.

This is one of those brownie pans that has a removable insert…I took the insert out & put it in the freezer to speed up the cooling so I could cut them.  I divided them into 12 pieces :).

Don’t those just make you happy looking at them???  So YUMMY!  The crust is crisp and light…the lemon is sweetly tart…oh my deliciousness!

*my words* 🙂

Today’s secret revealed…I am trying to get myself on a program to lose a few pounds and get in better shape…my goal is to be able to run a 5K (this may take a while to reach).  I have a calorie counter app on my phone, so for giggles I plugged this recipe into it…it calculated that when divided into 12 servings…each lemon square is *drum roll, please* 142 calories!!!  That is totally a treat you could enjoy as a reward at the end of a well behaved day! 

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