Time flows in strange ways on Sundays. —Haruki Murakami, 1Q84
Doesn't it? I had such ambitious plans for my Sunday and it seemed the entire day got whirled into a vortex instead. I don't suppose it helps that I do my homework in front of an open laptop and with my iPhone in my field of vision and take "breaks" every two minutes or so (writing this blog post is no exception). Sometimes the vortex consists of blogs, news sites, social media, etcetera—on Sunday it was Tumblr, and not posting stuff, but fixing the theme of my blog. In fact, I'm doing that right now. It's kind of hilarious how inefficient I am at HTML—for me, it consists of fixing something, hitting preview, hoping it turns out the way I want it to, and repeating the whole process until I get something satisfactory, which I still haven't gotten to yet and may never get to.
And the only way to escape the vortex is to get up. It seems obvious, but the hard part isn't in getting away from the computer—it's wanting to get away from the computer (and that doesn't include the frequent refrigerator rummaging).
So here is the one tangible accomplishment from my black hole of a Sunday:
Makes 9-16 squares.
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup lemon juice (approximately two lemons)
1 tablespoon lemon zest
2-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Cream butter and sugar in a stand mixer for a few minutes. Stir in the flour and salt until the dough comes together; press into an 8x8 baking pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
While the crust is baking, whisk together eggs and sugar until well combined. Whisk in the lemon juice, lemon zest, and flour. Pour the filling over the baked crust. Baked for 18-20 minutes, or until the filling is firm and slightly browned.
Let cool, then slice into 9 or 16 squares. Dust generously with powdered sugar just before serving.