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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Key Lime Bar


The kids are obsessed with lemon bars.  While on vacation they indulged at every bakery and decided that I could do better.  The key to our bar would be key limes from our neighbors tree.  The bar needs to be tart, not too sweet or eggy.

key limes from the most fabulous tree


Key Lime Bars
from Kitchen Life Real Food for Real Families - Even Yours! 
by Art Smith
adapted
crust:
1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
pinch of salt
8t (1 stick) unsalted butter cut into small pieces

~preheat oven 350 degrees

~ cut with pastry cutter flour, sugar, salt and butter until looks like small pebbles.
~ dump into glass baking dish 8x8
~ press to even out with spatula
~ bake until very lightly browned about 15 minutes
~ set on counter for 10 minutes then put in refrigerator for 10 minutes...make filling while crust cools

filling:

2 large eggs
2/3 cup sugar
2 T all purpose flour
juice of 2 large key limes
zest of 3 large key limes
1/2 t baking powder

confections' sugar for sprinkling

~ whisk the eggs in a medium bowl until combined
~ add sugar, flour, juice, zest and baking powder and whisk well
~ pour over cooled crust
~ bake until filling is set about 20 minutes
~ cool on wire rack
~ sprinkle with powder sugar

~ refrigerate uneaten portion

~~~ notes: next time I would add zest to crust it give it a bit of a zing.

ugh!  Key Lime Bars gone in less then 24 hours...

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