Lemon Squares from the Stephen Taber

Lemon Squares from the Stephen Taber

The Hill Team was fortunate in June to sail on the Stephen Taber. All of our meals were prepared on a wood stove. Many of the recipes are new and others are from when Captain Noah Barnes’ parents owned and sailed the schooner, Captains Ken and Ellen Barnes.

This recipe for the lemon bars we devoured  is from Ellen. She prepared a wonderful cookbook called “Classic Maine Coastal Cooking.” What a treasure it is.

Ellen says, “These little gooey goodies are the Captain’s favorite. All of our children have learned to make them very early in their cooking careers and can whip them out at strategic time in their lives.

Lemon Squares

Yield: One 8-inch square pan


1 cup flour

1/2 cup cold butter

1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

2 eggs

2 tablespoons lemon juice, more if you like it real remony

1 cup of sugar

dash of salt


Mix flour and sugar in bowl and blend in butter with fingertips.

Pat into bottom of baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, mix eggs, lemon juice, sugar, and salt together and pour over baked crust.

Return all this to the oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Let cool completely and cut into squares.

We enjoyed these lemon bars at lunch. Our evenings were filled with wine tastings selected and led by Jane. Captain Noah and Jane Barnes have done a wonderful job carrying on a family love with the Stephen Taber.

Captains Ken and Ellen Barnes now own the Capt. Lindsey House on Lindsey Street in Rockland. It is one of the Historic Inns of Rockland all of which are great.

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6 Responsesto “Lemon Squares from the Stephen Taber”

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  2. Kristen says:

    My grandparents sailed on the Stephen Taber in the 1980s. I remember how excited they were, not only because of the adventure of the trip, but also because Taber is a family name and they felt a kinship with the vessel. I have the cookbook my grandmother picked up on the trip. Thanks for bringing back the memories with this post!

    • Maralyn says:

      Thank you Kristen for responding to this post. At the time your grandparents sailed, Captains Ken and Ellen Barnes were at the helm. Now, their son Noah and his wife have carried on the tradition. It is the oldest continual sailing vessel in the U.S. I’m glad I was able to bring back good memories. Ellen and Ken are still as active as ever and own The Captain Lindsey House Inn in Rockland.

  3. Sandra says:

    This looks and sounds great! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Maralyn says:

    Thanks for the tweet.


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