Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Lime Bars

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I had an especially yummy key lime tart during my stay in Florida a couple weeks ago.  I've been daydreaming about it ever since.  It was so creamy and luscious! 
I really, really wanted to re-create that sweet treat at home. 

Lucky for me, I've had a long time blog-crush on Evil Shenanigans, and remembered this fab recipe she posted.  Divine!  Creamy and divine!  Tart, lightly sweet, creamy and divine!  That's all I have to say.  :)

Lime Bars
Source: very slightly adapted from Evil Shenanigans
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For the crust:
1 1/4 sleeves of graham crackers
6 tablespoons salted butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
zest of one lime

For the filling:
2 large egg yolks
1-14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lime juice

1.  Heat the oven to 350F.  Line an 8″ square pan with parchment paper that hangs over the edge of the pan by a few inches (so you can remove the bars from the pan more easily).  Grease the parchment paper.
2.  Place the graham crackers, sugar, and lime zest in a food processor.  Pulse until the graham crackers are reduced to fine crumbs and the mixture is well combined.  Turn on the food processor and slowly stream in melted butter until all crumbs are coated.  Press crumb mixture evenly into the prepared pan.  Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
3.  Once the crust is cooled, combine the egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk until well mixed. Stir in the lime juice and combine. It will begin to thicken slightly.  Pour the filling into the crust, making sure the filling reaches the edges. Bake for 15 minutes, or until just set.
4.  Cool to room temperature, then chill for several hours or overnight.  Pull the bars out of the pan using the parchment paper and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into squares with a sharp knife, wiping the knife clean with a damp cloth between cuts.  Store in the refrigerator. 
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This recipe is linked to:   Totally Tasty Tuesdays
Tasty Tuesday
Mouthwatering Monday
Melt in Your Mouth Monday
These Chicks Cooked
Cast Party Wednesday
What's Cooking Wednesday
Sweet Treats Thursday
Sweet Tooth Friday
Fun With Food Friday
Food Friday-Momtrends
Sweets for a Saturday
Sweet Indulgences Sunday
Savory Sunday

19 comments:

carolinaheartstrings said...

There is nothing like key lime anything from Florida. The Best. This looks delicious. Yum.

Foodness Gracious said...

MMMmmm, sounds awesome! I love key lime tart/pie!!
Thanks for sharing..

Lisa~~ said...

These look great and I happen to have all the ingredients in the house...oh my!

Lisa~~
Cook Lisa Cook

Lark (SparkyLarky) said...

CAN NOT wait to bake these up!

ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

Your recipe looks so good. I would love it if you came over to my party "Cast Party Wednesday" today and shared some of your recipes with us.
Thanks,
I hope to see you there!

Jan at J4C Home said...

Ooooooo, I'm going to have to try these this weekend. Thanks!

junescott said...

I have to agree with your assessment, even before making and tasting these! Divine! I love lime! So these caught my eye right away when I was scrolling through These Chicks Cook! If you're interested in a frozen pie version of Key Lime Pie, I posted one on my blog last month: http://junescottinspiredby.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspired-by_23.html
Thanks, Brandy, for sharing your version of this recipe!

Wendy said...

This looks soooo good. I would love it if you stopped by tomorrow for "Turning the Table Thursday" to share some of your recipes with us. (link opens at midnight EST on Weds)

Thanks,
I hope to see you there!

Wendy
Around My Family Table

Anna said...

Your recipes all look great!

I gave you a blog award on my blog: http://aditl-dmj.blogspot.com/2011/07/award-giving-time-and-award-goes-to.html

Holly said...

YUUUUUUMMMMY-these bars sounds soooo delish!:)

Emily said...

looks great! Thanks for linking up. Just wanted to know I'll be featuring you next week. http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/

Carrie's Experimental Kitchen said...

These look amazing! My youngest daughter loves fresh Key Lime Pie whenever we go to Florida to visit but I never tried making it myself. Thanks for the recipe.

Nicole Feliciano said...

Love all the flavors involved in this recipe--I like sour (like lime) with sweet. This would be a great party treat. Thanks so much for sharing on Momtrends.

Kim McCallie said...

Brandy - your lime bars look beautiful and refreshing. Hope you can stop by and share on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

http://www.wellseasonedlife.com/2011/07/sweet-indulgences-sunday-12.html

sleepycathollow said...

OMGosh...grabbing the key lime juice out the frig right now!

Lisa said...

Mmm, sounds like one cool treat! Thanks for linking them up to Sweets for a Saturday.

ladybehindthecurtain.com said...

Hi, I just wanted to thank you for visiting Cast Party Wednesday and I hope you join me again tomorrow and share more of your great recipes!
Thanks,
I hope to see you tomorrow!

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

Oooh, now this is a nice new twist on a recipe! Lime bars . . . wow, how creative! I'd like to serve these as a sweet ending to a Mexican or Thai meal. Now following from the link at the top of your page. Hope you'll stop by and consider following back and join in the fun every Thursday evening (through the weekend) for "Fresh Food Friday" blog hop. 7 blogs are featured each week!

Carrie's Experimental Kitchen said...

I made these for our dessert tonight for dinner and they were a HUGE hit! Absolutely delicious and the lime wasn't too overpowering. Notice I said "wasn't". My family and guests devoured the entire tray!

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