testing 1, 2, 3. [lime bars]

August 17th, 2010 by | comments

After the first time I made my lemon bars, I knew they would be my go-to dessert for any party or get-together. I almost feel guilty when I get multiple compliments on the bars, since they are so easy to make.

There’s no doubt that my friend has been their biggest fan from the beginning. She will often ask me if I can bake them for her just because they sound good at the time—I’ve gotten pleads via text and phone call…and definitely in person.  She made a request the other day, but suggested that I make lime bars instead of lemon. I figured that lime would be just as tasty, so I gave it a shot.

When I tried the lime filling, I almost couldn’t tell that it wasn’t lemon, but still decided to bake the bars. After 40 minutes of curious anticipation, I took the bars out of the oven to let them cool. Although the bars didn’t have as strong of a lime taste as I had hoped, they were still delicious and had the citrus flavor. Next time, I would add more lime juice and add lime zest to give them that tart pop.

Apparently the dessert bars were still a hit, though, since the batches I gave to my friend and left for my brother last night are almost gone!

Crust recipe:

1 cup flour

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter

1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

Lime filling recipe:

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

4-5 tbsp. lime juice

2 tbsp. flour

2 tbsp. lime zest, from 2 limes


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream flour, butter and confectioner’s sugar and pat into 8×8″ baking pan. Press firmly. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until top of crust is slightly golden.

Beat eggs, add sugar, lime juice, 2 tbs. flour and lime zest. Pour over crust (when finished baking) and bake for another 15-20 minutes. Dust with confectioner’s sugar after baking. Cool and cut into bars.

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