Monday, October 15, 2012

Adventures in the Kitchen: Lime Bars

This recipe was a Lime Massacre! After buying a giant bag of limes (thank you Costco!) and delusionally thinking I'd use them all due to a party I was having, I thought I'd treat my work family to some sweet, refreshing treats. 

Unlike alot of other lime bar recipes I stumbled upon, this one did not call for food coloring and therefore did not give it that unnatural green color.

Recipe Courtesy of:
What's for Lunch Honey (found using Pinterest)


Ingredients:

For the crust
8 tablespoons unsalted butter - melted
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

For the topping
1 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
1/2 cup strained fresh lime juice
Powder sugar for dusting - optional

Instructions:
  • Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 
For the crust
  • Combine the melted butter with the sugar, vanilla and salt in a medium bowl. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated. 
  • Spray Pam (I prefer the one that also has flour already mixed inside). Using your fingers, press the dough evenly over the bottom of the pan.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes, our until the crust is fully baked, well browned at the edges, and golden brown in the center.

For the topping
  • Stir together the sugar and flour in a large bowl, until well mixed. Whisk in the eggs, then stir in the lime zest and juice.
  • When the crust is ready, turn the oven down to 300 degrees. Slide the rack with the pan out and pour the filling onto the hot crust. Bake for 20-25 minutes longer. The topping should not jiggle in the center when the pan is tapped. Place on a rack and cool completely in the pan.

Once cooled, cut into bars and if desired, sift powdered sugar over them just before serving. You have a supre sweet treat, perfect for a hot day!

Coworker approved! :)

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