A little lemon goes a long way with these little cake squares. Why not add a splash of lemon to your baking every now and then to add a little extra something special. These easy Chocolate Chip Lemon Squares are perfect for spring.
Who likes camping? Just to clear up the term camping, I'm talking in a tent.
You see, I used to love camping. Our family has spent years trotting around this fine country of Spain as well as into the fringes of Portugal and France in our little car with a tent, two kids and a dog in tow. Why not? For the most part, I enjoyed the adventure. It was mostly fun, with a little bit of hesitation but a whole lot of stress thrown into the mix.
Yes, stress. That little five letter word that has seriously tested my patience and has thrown me into overdrive over the years to say the least.
As much as I enjoyed all of our camping adventures, good and bad, we kind of shelved the tent a few years ago because I think I just had camping burnout. It that a thing? Well if it isn't, it just should be. If I'm completely honest, it's not the camping that was exhausting, it was the packing up. If your a tent camper, you know exactly what I mean.
We pretty much brought everything plus the kitchen sink and even more. I'm not just talking sleeping mats and cooler bags. I'm talking windsurfers, climbing stuff, mountain bikes, canoes, and just about any other adventure vessel you can think of known to man.
So, we're not talking minimal tent camping. No, not quite.
Just to clarify, that's all down to my husband, 100%. He's the adventurous one. The one that can't sit still. The one that is always looking for what's around the next corner. As for me, I'm quite happy sitting this side of the corner with my eyes shut. They say opposites attract right?
I admire his lust for adventure and undertaking of the unknown, I really do. But sometimes it's nice to sit with a chilled glass of something or another and just enjoy the camping experience. Which in my ideal world involves eating snacks, sipping on beverages and chilling in a hammock.
Anyway, much to my surprise, I just recently suggested to the thrill seeker that we should go on a camping trip. I must be crazy. But I clarified a quiet weekend away with minimal sports equipment and more bottles of wine. He didn't seem to hate the idea.
Which instantly got me to thinking about food. For me, camping is all about the food. It's not a camping trip without some good ol' grub. With all the camping we have done over the years, I have managed to come up with lots of food that we can easily make in out little make shift outdoor kitchen. In fact, there's a post on the blog, Camp Food. There's lots of great ideas there for what to make when you're on the road. Please forgive all shoddy photography. That post was written in the early days of my blog when I didn't have the photography thing quite sorted...eek! But if you can get past the lack of photography, take a look at the Camp Food post cooking inspiration for your next adventure.
Notes about the cake:
I pretty much only have one tip to give on these cake squares, so here it is. Reserve a little bit of your flour, like one or two tablespoons and stir it in with the chocolate chips. Then fold the chocolate chips in at the end with the tiny amount of flour. Why you ask? Because this helps the chocolate chips from sinking to the bottom. It works like a treat every single time. So why not give it a try next time you are baking anything type of cake or muffin with chocolate chips. It also works for fruit or berries. Give it a try!
Happy baking friends and enjoy your next adventure, even if it's a trip to the patio!
Chocolate Chip Lemon Squares
Makes 16 / Prep time: 10 minutes / Bake time: 15 - 18 minutes
1 1/2 Cups/185 grams of flour
3/4 Cup/150 grams sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 Cup/125 grams butter at room temperature
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1/2 Cup/120 ml whole milk
2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1 Cup/175 grams chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and line an 8 x 8 inch baking tin. Set aside
In a medium sized bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, lemon zest and salt. Set aside.
Whisk the vanilla into the milk and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar. Mix for about 2-3 minutes until the mixture is pale and fluffy, add the eggs one at a time mixing until they are incorporated into the batter.
Next, add half the flour and stir in gently. Then add all the milk and the lemon juice. Stir to combine. Add remaining flour ans stir to combine. Once it is all incorporated, add the chocolate chips, reserving a few for the top.
Pour batter into your prepared dish. Sprinkle over remaining chocolate chips and bake for approximately 18 - 20 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the centre and when just a few crumbs come off, it is done. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool for just a few minutes. Remove from pan after about 5 minutes and let it cool for a further few minutes. This can be served straight away. Will keep for a few days in an airtight container.
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