Lemon Graham Squares
When it comes to home-made desserts, I love those that can be easily made at home. In particular, those that shies away from hard to find ingredients and the long wait for indulging. If there’s one very flexible and easy to work on ingredient for dessert making, nothing compares to Graham Crackers. It's affordable, readily available and can be transformed into any of your favorite dessert items such as pies, floats, cakes, polvoron and so on and so forth. You can have it baked or simply chilled.
Being a cracker that is sweet rather than salty makes Grahams different from others. That is why; sometimes it is called a sweet biscuits in crackers form. The original Graham Crackers is made of coarsely ground wheat flour that makes it good for our digestive health. Hence, years ago, Grahams was touted as a health food item for its high fiber content. Today, it has remained to be a favourite snack food or dessert in many households, mine included. In my quest to have a new grahams recipe, I browsed through my new Cook Books to get some inspiration. In the book Rush Hour-Recipes, I stumbled upon a mouthwatering, luscious food shot of Lemon Squares made of whole shredded Wheatmeal biscuits. Briefly, I thought of a Graham Crackers version. I rushed to the kitchen counter and moments later, I was busy perfecting my own take of Lemon Graham Squares. The sweet, sour and tangy character of this pretty layered squares makes you salivate for more. The interesting melange of citrus zest and sweet note instructs you to munch more and more. The soft texture gives the overall bite enjoyable. Now, wouldn't you dare to have a sweet bite? What you need:
25 pcs Honey graham crackers (must be MY San), 300 ml sweetened condensed milk, 250 ml all purpose cream, 1/3 cup + 3 tbsps lemon juice, 1/2 cup confectioner's powdered sugar, 1 oz. melted milk chocolate
How to make:
1. Prepare the filling. Mix together in a bowl condensed milk, all purpose cream and 1/3 cup of lemon juice.
2. Layer the graham crackers in a dish (five pieces per layer). Add 1/3 cup of filling and spread evenly on to the grahams. Repeat this layering of grahams and filling four times and finish with graham crackers on top.
3. Do the glaze. Add 1 tbsp at a time of remaining lemon juice into the powdered sugar and mix well.
4. Spread the glaze evenly on top of the grahams.
5. Melt 1 small block (1 oz.) of milk chocolate on low fire and drizzle onto the prepared layered grahams.
6. Chill for a few hours or overnight to soften the crackers for a good bite.
*This recipe will make its way to my Book in the making. If you will try it, I will appreciate a feedback or any further suggestion. Thanks!