Saturday, July 3, 2010
Another Recipe I made for this 4th of July Celebration is Lime Bars. They are tart and sweet and really tasty. Enjoy!
For the Crust:
Vegetable oil, for greasing
1 1/2 sticks butter, diced, kept very cold
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup confectioner's sugar, plus more for garnish
1/4 tsp. salt
For the Filling:
4 large eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 tsp grated lime zest
1 cup fresh lime juice (about 8-10 limes)
1. Make the crust: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 9x13 inch pan with vegetable oil and line with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides; grease the foil with oil. Pulse the butter, flour, both sugars, and the salt in a food processor until the dough comes together, about 2-3 minutes. Press evenly into the bottom and about 1/2 inch up the sides of the prepared pan, making sure there are no cracks. Bake until the crust is golden, about 25 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, make the filling: Whisk the whole eggs and yolks, sugar and flour in a bowl until smooth. Whisk in the lime zest and lime juice. Remove the crust from the oven and reduce the temperature to 300 F. Pour the filling over the warm crust and return to the oven. Bake until the filling is just set, 30 to 35 minutes.
3. Let the bars cool in the pan on a rack, then refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Lift out of the pan using the foil and slice. Dust with confectioner's sugar before serving.
Makes about 24 bars
Note: I know it is tempting to use bottled lime juice for this recipe but really use fresh limes. It is a little time consuming but so worth the effort. You really can tell the difference.