It’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe, or a Sherlock Holmes related post now that I think about it, so why not a little of both? Back in August the San Diego Sherlockians had their second annual beach day meetup, so of course I wanted to bring a contribution to the food supply!
For the previous beach shindig I tweaked a cookie recipe to create 221B Butterscotch Cookies, and I remember thinking how fun it was to do some geek-themed baking and that I should do it more often. So, naturally it took a year to actually make good on that thought, and this time around I decided to bake something different to share. I was low on time (what’s new?), so while browsing Pinterest for inspiration I decided on a twist to one of my favorite summer treats – with an idea for some added Sherlock flair!
Rosemary Lemon Sherlock Silhouette Squares
Idea from Gimme Some Oven
Ingredients (enough for a 7 x 11 pan)
– 3/4 cup granulated sugar
– 8 tbsp butter, softened
– 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
– Sprig or two of fresh Rosemary, roughly chopped
– 6 large eggs
– 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
– 4 tsp grated lemon rind
– 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
– 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 1/4 tsp salt
– powdered sugar
– silhouette cutouts
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. To prepare crust, beat 1/4 cup granulated sugar and the butter together at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add flour beating at low until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Mix in rosemary. Spray 7 x 11 in (or close to) pan and gently press mixture into the bottom. Bake for 15 minutes and let cool.
3. To prepare topping, beat eggs at medium speed until foamy. Add next six ingredients (through salt) and beat until well-blended. Pour mixture over crust and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until set. Let cool.
4. Cut into individual squares or bars and create your silhouettes to fit the size you need. I used regular printer paper and traced on top of an iPad image for speed & precision, though something like parchment paper would probably work even better. Place either piece on top of an individual bar and sift powdered sugar over top and gently press sugar into the bar to stick.
I started out using the actual cutout so that everything around the lemon square was covered in sugar and the yellow from the bar created the image in the negative space. However, I found that this time around (with the white/yellow colors and using paper silhouettes) it was easier to see the image by cutting out a square around where I cut out the silhouette (see image below) big enough to cover an individual lemon square, then filling in the middle with powdered sugar to create the silhouetted image.
*Be generous with the powdered sugar – the more you use and press into the surface of the bar, the better the image looks!
These surprised me and lasted well enough in the cooler at the beach all day, you could still see the silhouettes (the good ones as least, there was some trial and error involved), and I’m happy to say they went over well with everyone. Leftovers came home with me and the family loved the addition of rosemary to the lemon squares. In fact, I think I’m going to add the rosemary in every time I make these from here on out!
While Summer has come and gone (though you wouldn’t know it down here in San Diego) these are still a great dessert, and if you decide to try them now in the prime of pumpkin season…well, I won’t tell!
Bonus: Remember back in August when anytime you did anything online you kept seeing people dumping freezing water on their heads for charity? Well the San Diego Sherlockians were challenged by the London Sherlockians, and not being fans to flinch from a challenge (especially one so awesome and well-intentioned as the ALS fundraising campaign) we bravely stepped up to be dunked and sent the challenge on to fellow Sherlockian groups and yes, actress Amanda Abbington, because why not? Call us dreamers.
Thanks for reading, cheers! Hopefully it won’t take a year for me to get up to some more fun, geek-themed baking this time around. Until then…