Tangy Lime-y Bars!
Everyone loves Lemon Bars and this recipe is adapted from my lemon bar recipe.
In fact, I also made this recipe using oranges for one Thanksgiving and everyone loved them.
The orange version is a bit sweeter, depending on the sweetness of your oranges, but the Lime (and Lemon) versions are definitely a bit tart.
Which I happen to love.
Many people have made lime bars but have not added the green food coloring…but I happen to like the vibrant color so I usually add food coloring to my orange bars and my lemon bars.
And who doesn’t love lemon meringue pie?
This lime bar recipe is similar… but no meringue…the crust is different than a pie crust, although one could certainly use a pre-made pie crust and sprinkling just a bit of powdered sugar into the crust and pressing it in before baking.
It only takes about an hour total cooking time…which sounds like a lot…really it isn’t all spent on cooking.
The flavor is great as limes are one of my favorite citrus fruits….I use limes for most everything.
I garnish with limes, I use limes in a lot of my Mexican cooking, and of course I like limes in certain adult drinks.
One of my favorites is a Caipirinha …click on the below link for the recipe…and the Brazilian friends who introduced me to this wonderful tasting drink.
There are always limes (and lemons) on my countertop.
Did I say I really like limes? 😉
Yep, I do…
And I especially like the color of these lime bars….they just look bright and spring-y!
Are you my dear readers fond of limes, oranges and lemons?
Below is the printable recipe for Tangy Lime Bars!
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 stick cold butter
- 2/3 cup fresh lime juice (I used about 6 medium limes)
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of zest of 1 lime
- 2-3 drops of green food coloring (start with one drop to test for color)
- powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350.
- To make the crust, combine the powdered sugar, flour and salt in a large bowl.
- Cut in the cold butter using a pastry cutter (or your fingers) until the mixture is coarsely combined and then blend in a little more.
- Press into a greased 8X8 baking dish (use your fingers) and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until starting to brown
- Make the filling by whisking together the sugar and flour in a bowl. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Add the lime zest, lime juice and two drops of green food coloring and mix until everything is smooth and combined. (if you want to add more food coloring do so, but be careful or it will end up looking florescent green, which is ok if that is what you like!)
- Pour filling over the hot crust and return to the oven to bake for about twenty minutes.
- When done, the filling will no longer jiggle like jello.
- Let cool completely in the baking dish before slicing
- Dust with powdered sugar for a pretty effect.
- This filling is creamy and delicious and it looks pretty too. A great desert for St. Patrick's Day!