CREAMY LEMON SLICES


These squares are so creamy delicious.  They are sweet and tart, with a lovely shortbread crust.
I think you will enjoy these as much as we did!  Great use of fresh lemons in the summertime.




CREAMY LEMON SLICES

Creamy lemon filling using my low-carb condensed milk and a lovely shortbread crust.  This dessert lasted barely 24 hours in our house!  You may like these straight out of the refrigerator or set aside for 10 to 15 minutes at room temperature for an even creamier texture.  I definitely liked them both ways, so you will need to choose which texture you prefer.

Shortbread Crust:
11/4 cups Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, (300 mL)
  OR Keto Bake Mix, OR almond flour and 2 tbsp coconut flour
1/3 cup butter, melted (75 mL)
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 2 tbsp (30 mL)
  sugar
1/8 tsp almond extract (0.5 mL)
Condensed Milk:
1/3 cup boiling water (75 mL)
2 tbsp unsalted butter (30 mL)
2 tbsp regular butter (30 mL)
1 cup whole milk powder, (MUCH cheaper at Costco!), OR (250 mL)
Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1/2 cup (125 mL)
  sugar
3 tbsp powdered erythritol, OR xylitol (45 mL)
Filling:
2 large egg yolks
Condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (125 mL)

Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).

Shortbread Crust:  In medium bowl, place Gluten-Free Bake Mix 2, OR Keto Bake Mix.  In small bowl, combine butter, liquid sweetener and almond extract.  Stir into bake mix and spread out in an 8-inch (20 cm) glass dish.  Bake 12 minutes and allow to cool.

Condensed Milk:  In blender, combine boiling water, unsalted butter, regular butter, whole milk powder, liquid sweetener and erythritol, OR xylitol.  Blend until very smooth, scraping the sides at least once.

Filling:  To condensed milk add egg yolks and lemon juice; blend well.  Pour over cooled crust.  Bake approximately 15 minutes, or just until set.  Allow to cool and refrigerate.

Yield: 16 to 25 servings
1 serving (note Keto bake mix option is typically close to 1 g net carbs less)
147.4/94.3 calories
4.9/2.5 g protein
12.2/7.8 g fat
0/0 g fiber
5.6/3.6g net carbs 


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This is the second cookbook in the series, Low-Carbing Among Friends' cookbooks.  It went to 3 printings and revisions.  Helpful Hints again contains a wonderful guide to how much to use of the liquid sweeteners for 2 tsp all the way up to 1 cup. I also use this chart to refer back to occasionally when I am in the kitchen, although by now I mostly do the math in my head.  There is a blurb about a number of different sweeteners and the best whey protein powder to buy.  Dr. Steve Parker wrote an article about Low-Carb Weight Management: Tips, Stalls and Long-term Success.  Dr. Parker is famous for his Low-Carb Mediterranean Diet for people wanting to do a healthy, low-carb regimen and it is also geared towards people with diabetes.  You really want to look him up on the internet and buy his wonderful books.  The Mediterranean diet has been proven to be one of the best diets on the planet and he went to the trouble of making a low-carb version.  Awesome!!

This is another large cookbook with 224 pages and recipes from several authors, including my own son, who is a rather reluctant cook these days as he is a famous science fiction author (he goes by a pen name) and very busy.  His cooking leans slightly more towards gourmet-style cooking.  At the time Jonathan was taking on several jobs, even modeling, just to get by ... before he became famous.  Being a part of our cookbook meant he received royalties, too, all of which helped him to live on his own in the big city.  Also, in this cookbook are featured several great recipes from our low-carb friends.
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APPETIZERS AND BEVERAGES
APPETIZERS:
Examples: 
Caramelized Sweet Onion Dip
Cheese Puffs
Cinnamon Pecans
Hot Pastrami on Rye Dip
Mexican Roll-Ups
Spiced Pecan Clusters


BEVERAGES
Examples:
Chocolate Peanut Protein Shake
Easy Instant Eggnog
Peargaritas
Sparkling Lemonade


BREADS, MUFFINS AND MORE
Examples:
Bake Mixes: Splendid Gluten-Free Bake Mixes 1 and 2
Savory Breads such as English Muffin, French Toast, Golden Cornbread, Jiffy Sandwich Bread and Sandwich Thins
Sweet Breads such as Glazed Lemon Loaf and the Great Pumpkin Loaf
Buns - several
Crackers - several such as Buttery Sesame Crackers, Jiffy Cinnamon Cookie Crackers
Muffins - such as Chocolate Chip Sour Cream Muffins, Old-fashioned Blueberry Muffins
Pizza Crusts - two
Scones such as Raspberry Drop Scones


BREAKFASTS
Examples:
Bacon - Maple Spiced Bacon, Huevos Pericos con Tocino
Breads such as Egg, Ham and Cheese Muffin
Casseroles and Crock-Pot such as Bed and Breakfast Waffle Bake, Classical Brunch Casserole, Turkey-Crust Crock-pot Breakfast
Crepes and Pancakes - several - Multi-grain Pancakes, Spinach Crepes, Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes, Dutch Baby Pancake
Eggs - Low-carb Frittata Muffins, Sausage Breakfast muffins, Meaty Man's Omelet
Quiche
Sausage - Sausage Breakfast Muffins and more
Waffles - three different kinds - Almond Flour waffles


MAIN COURSES AND SIDES
Examples:
MAIN COURSES:
Beef - Amazing Chili, Dottie's Taco Pie for one, Greek Stuffed Peppers, Hamburger Patties, Salsa Beef Casserole, Spinach Lasagna, Stroganoff Meatballs
Casseroles - Cabbage Rolls, Eggplant Parmigiana, Mediterranean Dolma
Fish - Herbed Sea Bass Sundried Tomatoes, Pecan Salmon with Horseradish Cream
Pork - Cajun Smothered Pork Chops, Pulled Pork Barbecue, Sweet Pepper Pork, Vietnamese Caramelized Pork
Poultry - Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken with Peanut Curry, Easy Peasy Skillet Chicken, Trngy Tropical
Sausage - Peggy's Italian Sausage, Sausage-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash


SIDES:
Recipes using these vegetables: Broccoli, Brussels and Fennel, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Eggplant, Green Beans, Pumpkin, Rutabaga, Spinach and Squash


MISCELLANEOUS
Substantial Section: Crusts, Dressings, Dry Rubs, Frostings, Glazes, Odds and Ends, Sauces, Spreads, Gravies and Condiments, Sweet Sauces, and Toppings


SALADS AND SOUPS
Salads:
Examples:  Blueberry Chicken Salad, Greek Ladopsomo Salad, Lemon Arugula Salad, My Favorite Caulitator Salad, Sauerkraut Salad, Sesame Cucumber Salad
Soups:
Examples: Char's Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken Stock, Cream of Asparagus Soup, Curried Rutabaga and Sausage, Hot Patrami on Rye Soup, Secret Mexican Chicken Soup, Thai Inspirations Chicken Soup, Tropical Shrimp Scallop Soup,


SWEET ENDINGS
Cakes
Examples: Almond Flour Fudge Cake (famous cake), Black Forest Cake, Buttery Apple Torte, Carrot Cake, Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Cheesecakes
Examples:  Cheese-cake Factory Inspired, Pumpkin Cheesecake with Caramel Topping, The Best Strawberry swirl Cheesecake
Confections
Examples: Cream Cheese mints, Dark Chocolate Chips
Cookies and Squares
Examples: Banana Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting, Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies, Chocolate Mint Ribbon Cookies, Frosted Pumpkin Spice Cookies, Salted Cashew Cookies
Frozen Desserts
Examples: Peach Banana Cheesecake Ice Cream, Cream Cheese Mints
Pies
Examples: Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie, Fruit Pizza, No Bake Cherry Cheese Pie, Raspberry Cream Pie
Puddings
Examples: Almost Rice Pudding, Baked Custard, Bananas Foster Creme Brulee, Chocolate Mint Mousse, Cinnamon Raisin Bread Pudding, Strawberry Coconut Mousse
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