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!
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!
A sweet and tart taste with a delicious shortbread crust. You can add food coloring for deeper green color as I did.
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tsp lime zest
- 1 cup cold, salted butter cubed
- 4 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
Short Bread Crust
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 cooking 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