Lime Bars

With a sweet and tart taste with a fun color make these Lime Bars a perfect treat

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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! 

lime bars 2 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.  

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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.

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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! 

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Lime Bars:

Shortbread Crust:

2 cups flour

1/2 cup pecans

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp Lime zest

1 cup cold salted butter, cubed

 

Lime Curd:

6 eggs

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)

Directions:

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

 

 

 

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