LIME BARS

I seem to navigate towards anything lime.

Lime popsicles, Lime slush, Lime jello.

Lime Bars are yummy . . . maybe even better than Lemon Bars.

My picture simply doesn’t do these sweet little bars – justice I ended up taking pic’s after dark, when after all attempts –  without a flash, simply failed me!  When you shoot in Manual, you rarely use a flash and you get much better results. NOPE . . .I don’t have anything but natural light when I take my pictures.  Several of you, have asked me that question in emails.  I’ve thought often about buying the Lowell lights, but hate to spend the money.  My house is filled with very large windows and that’s great, but not when it’s dark outside.  As soon as you turn kitchen lights on, the pitures go straight downhill. Remember . . . I’m not a photographer, I just pretend.  Besides that, a bumble bee made it’s way into my kitchen – and was hovering over my head the entire time.  It’s hard to snap pictures and slap a bumble bee at the very same time!

Gosh . . . I guess you will just have to make these tender shortbread bars, and see for yourself.  Keep in mind that I actually wanted them to look like Lime, so I did add a couple drops of green food coloring.  If you don’t add the coloring, they will look like Lemon bars and taste like Lime Bars.  Fool everyone.

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LIME BARS

For the crust:
9 tablespoons butter (1 stick, plus one tablespoon)

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour
pinch salt

For the filling:

1 1/2 cups sugar

3 eggs
2/3 cup  freshly squeezed lime juice (from 4-5 limes)

2 tablespoons lime zest (from 4-5 limes) opt.

2/3 cup  all-purpose flour

pinch of salt

green food coloring (optional
1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8×8″ * square baking pan with a strip of parchment paper (8×14″) that covers the bottom and overlaps on either side. (This is so after it cools, you can pull out the entire pan of lime bars and cut them neatly. You can omit this step completely, though. You don’t even need to butter the pan.)
2. Cream butter, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer. Mix in flour until just incorporated. Press dough evenly into 8×8″ square baking pan.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until slightly golden brown. While it cools, prepare the filling.
4. Whisk all ingredients except for the confectioner’s sugar in a large bowl. Pour into crust. Bake for 30-35 minutes until filling is completely set. Let cool completely. (I help mine along in the fridge for about 30 mintes.) Using the overlapping edges of parchment paper, gently lift the dessert from the pan. Cut into 16 squares. Dust with confectioner’s sugar.

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  • Diana - May 15, 2010 - 12:17 pm

    You are genious! I ADORE this color:)

    Blessings,
    DianaReplyCancel

  • Rosa - May 15, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    Those ars are to die for! I love citrusy treats. Lovely color!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Kathy @ The Sugar Queen - May 15, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    They look delicious – pretty, too!ReplyCancel

  • Missy - May 15, 2010 - 3:13 pm

    These look wonderful; I love lemon bars so I’m sure these would be great too. These picture is awesome. What are you talking about? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - May 15, 2010 - 4:00 pm

    THOSE LOOK WONDERFUL!!! I will have to try them before MONDAY as well! laughing…ReplyCancel

  • Niki Bagley - May 16, 2010 - 9:56 am

    Those look divine! They definitely on my list of things to make! Thanks for all you do!ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - May 17, 2010 - 9:52 am

    Do these have that delicious tangy tartness that’s lime? Love when you bite into something tart and your jaw starts to tingle.
    ~ingridReplyCancel

  • Barbara - May 18, 2010 - 8:26 am

    Lime has a very distinct flavor- different from lemon. I love the idea of your bars…not sure I will put the coloring in. I feel the same way about key lime pie. It looks like lemon, but I put a lime slice on top.ReplyCancel