Ain’t No Party Like a (Liz) Lemon Party…

When the weather’s grim and pyjamas are far more appealing then ‘real’ clothes, lolling on the couch watching re-runs is the perfect way to while away the day.  For me, there are a handful of shows that I can watch over and over (and over…) without ever getting sick of them – think Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy and Bones. But my very favourite, never-gets-old show, could-watch-all-day show is taken out by Tina Fey’s wonderful creation, 30 Rock. The weather took a grizzly turn yesterday afternoon so Kevin and I decided that rather than being remotely social, we would settle down in the lounge and have a 30 Rock marathon.

Unless you’ve been hiding under a (30) rock you will have heard about this show as it scoops up award after award, season after season at all the big US television events. But for those of you have never actually seen the show here’s a brief run down:

  1. Created by (the hilarious & wonderful) Tina Fey
  2. Based on her time working as a writer at Saturday Night Live
  3. Stars Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan alongside Tina (and a host of other brilliant characters)
  4. About the daily dramas involved with creating an NBC late-night comedy show (see the link?), TGS with Tracy Jordan
  5. Centred around a certain Lemon; Elizabeth Lemon – the food obsessed, socially awkward head writer of TGS.

So in honour of Liz Lemon (and to help make our evening a little tastier) I decided to throw together a lemony treat. Having headed home to visit my parents and the cats on Friday, I was armed with a bag full of lemons plucked straight from the tree in their backyard. So armed with fresh lemon juice I hunted down the lemoniest recipe I could find – a lemon bar recipe from Baking Bites.

Despite being made in two stages, this was incredibly simple to make and now ranks among my favourite recipes. The base is a deliciously soft, tangy lemon shortbread that can be thrown together in around five minutes, then you put it in the oven for around 15 minutes while you prepare the topping. And this is where the real magic is.  The topping is a baked egg, sugar and lemon juice mixture will all the qualities of homemade lemon curd – it’s tangy, smooth and (for lack of a better description) amazing.

Once the base is baked, whip it from the oven, tip the topping over the shortbread and pop it back in the oven for around 20 minutes. The only trick with this slice is to make sure you have the topping ready to pour over the base as soon as it is pulled from the oven – you’ll hear a wonderful sizzling noise as you pour it on, the same as when you pour eggs onto a boiling pan. If you keep the base out of the oven too long before doing this the eggs in the topping won’t bake, leaving you with a sloppy lemon mess.

Since moving in with me Kevin appears to have gotten over his hatred of lemon, which is a great thing since this slice is so large. Not such a good thing when he inhales half of it before it ever gets to see the light of a Sunday morning! But then again, it’s an effort Liz Lemon would surely be proud of.

Kirsten
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  1. timeforalittlesomething

    November 14, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Hi, I just found your blog – it’s great! Love this lemon slice :)

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