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Yogurt and lemon squares: a bite of happiness in each square

Yogurt and lemon squares: a bite of happiness in each square

These lemon yogurt squares are a delicious treat that perfectly combines the tangy zest of lemon with the creamy texture of yogurt. Baked to perfection, these squares are then topped with a lemony glaze that adds an extra layer of sweetness and tang. This simple but delicious recipe is easy to follow and results in a dessert that is both comforting and refreshing.

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Why you'll love it: The refreshing burst of lemon combined with the subtle flavor of natural yogurt creates a flavor profile that is both invigorating and satisfying. These squares aren't too sweet, making them a perfect treat any time of day. They're light, fluffy and the creamy lemon glaze on top makes them irresistibly appealing.

Perfect occasion: Lemon Yogurt Squares are perfect for spring and summer get-togethers, picnics, or a delicious end to brunch or lunch. They are also perfect for wrapping as a sweet treat at lunch or serving at tea time. Their bright flavor and soft texture make them suitable for all ages and occasions.

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Decorating Tips: For a beautiful presentation, sprinkle a little finely grated lemon zest or a light dusting of powdered sugar over the glazed squares. You can also garnish with thin lemon slices or small edible flowers for a more festive look. Serve each square on a small plate with a dollop of whipped cream or a side of fresh berries for added color and freshness.

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 280 grams of natural unsweetened yogurt (about 2 containers)
  • 200 grams of sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • The zest of a lemon
  • 280 grams of self-rising flour (or all-purpose flour mixed with 1 teaspoon of baking powder)

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • 220 grams of powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 60 grams of unsweetened natural yogurt

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the oven and the pan:
    • Preheat the oven to 170°C (338°F).
    • Butter and flour a 40×30 cm baking mold 4 cm high.
  2. Mix the cake ingredients:
    • In a large bowl, combine the yogurt and sugar.
    • Add the eggs one at a time, making sure each one is well incorporated before adding the next one.
    • Add the lemon zest.
    • Sift in the flour in two or three batches, mixing gently until well combined.
  3. Cook:
    • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
    • Bake for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
    • Let the cake cool, then unmold it and return it to the baking sheet upside down for a smoother surface.
  4. Prepare the frosting:
    • In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar, lemon juice and yogurt. Whisk by hand for about 4 minutes until smooth.
    • Pour the glaze over the cooled cake, spreading it evenly with a spatula.
    • Let the frosted cake sit in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
  5. Serve:
    • Once the icing has set, cut the cake into squares and serve.

Advice:

  • For a smaller quantity, use a 20×15 cm mold and halve the recipe ingredients.

Enjoy these lemon yogurt squares, each a perfect blend of zesty lemon and creamy yogurt, ideal for a refreshing treat!

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