This recipe is very easy,The sugar,water lemon slices and cinnamon are for the syrup. Heat these ingredients separately. Otherwise do not be afraid of the steps. It is quite easy.This is a rich dessert. I substitute bottled lemon juice for the lemon rind and the slices. I did not have a fresh lemon. I am not sure why you slit down the four layers of the top unless it is to allow the syrup to penatrate. thanks for posting. Guests were impressed.