We love chocolate here at our house. Especially our famous chocolate chip cookies. So most of the time when we want a treat we turn to chocolate. Every now and then, however, I do like to mix it up with some different flavors. Today I tried some delicious new Lime Bars. They have an easy to make lime curd on top of a shortbread crust. In fact these Lime Bars are so delicious my chocolate worshipping husband declared he may have a new favorite treat!
For years I have been using a small grater to make my citrus zests. Today I splurged and bought an honest to goodness zester. What a difference! It really does help to have the right tools. It took the zest of my lime quickly and easily and there was so much more zest than in the past when I had just used a grater.
These lime bars are fun green color. The lime juice and zest doesn’t make it green enough, so I used just a small amount of green food coloring to enhance it. I think I could have used a little more, especially if I were going to serve these for St Patrick’s day. They would also make a pretty dessert for an Easter meal, since they are such a nice fresh spring color.
My Lime Bars look like a gourmet creation, but they are really simple and easy to make. Mixing the crust up in a food processor makes that process quick and easy. Of course I made a glorious mess as I usually do whenever I cook. I even broke a plate this time! I had stuff everywhere. But that is probably because I didn’t prep the kitchen well before I started and had a mess to begin with. My baking never goes as smoothly if I start in a messy kitchen. My daughter gets to take these to share tonight to her National Honor’s Society meeting tonight. I think they will be a hit. Especially with an extra splash of powdered sugar on top!
2 cups flour
1/2 cup pecans
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp Lime zest
1 cup cold salted butter, cubed
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup lime juice
1/3 cup flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
green food coloring (optional)
Powdered sugar for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350
Line a 13×9 baking pan with foil, extending over sides
lightly grease with cooking spray
In a food processor pulse 8 times the flour, powdered sugar, lime zest and pecans
Add the butter, pulse until mixture is crumbly- about 12 times
Press mixture evenly into the bottom of prepared pan
Bake in the oven until lightly browned about 20 minutes
While the crust is baking prepare the curd:
In a mixer with a whisk attachment whisk the eggs together
Whisk in the sugar, lime juice and lime zest
Add the flour, baking power and salt
Whisk to combine, scraping often
Add a small amount of green food coloring if desired
Pour mixture over hot crust
Bake until filling is set about 26-28 minutes.
To check if set gently jiggle the pan. If you see no movement in the middle it is ready
If it is browning too quickly place a piece of foil over the top
When it is done cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes
using the foil pull from the pan and cool completely
Run a knife along the edges to loosen from the foil
Carefully cut into bars and serve
Garnish with a sprinkle of powdered sugar if desired