Key Limes Bars
I know I’ve been a little obsessed with citrus lately but in my defence, it’s that time of year when the only produce that’s any good is citrus. Plus, it’s just so dang refreshing and I’ve been wanting to make these key lime bars for a long while. I just think key limes are so cute and I’m a sucker for cute things.
The only thing that makes these bars a bit of a pain is juicing all these key limes. Since they are little you about get about a tablespoon of juice per lime. Settle in for the long juicing haul or get a citrus juicer — you will thank me, I promise.
These bars are light and fluffy and have a fantastically crunchy crust. They are quite tart from all the key lime juice but they would be the perfect end to a meal of rich comfort food.
Key Lime Bars (adapted from Martha Stewart’s Cookies)
Makes one 8-inch square pan
1 cup crushed graham crackers
⅓ cup granulated sugar
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
3 large egg yolks
⅔ cup freshly squeezed key lime juice (between 15-25 key limes)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (300mL or 14 ounces)
Whipped Cream, to serve, optional
Sliced key limes, to serve, optional
Preheat the oven to 350˚F. In a small bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Stir till well combined and press into an 8 by 8 inch square pan. Bake for 10 minutes, allow to cool to room temperature.
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat egg yolks on high until very thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Turn the mixer speed down and slowly add the sweetened condensed milk in a steady stream. Speed the mixer up and beat mixture thoroughly for an additional 1-2 minutes. Lower the speed, add the lime juice and mix until just combined. Pour the filling over the crust. Use an off-set spatula to ensure that the filling reaches into all the corners of the pan.
Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the filling is just set. Allow to cool at room temperature for at least 20 minutes, then refrigerate for at least four hours before serving. Top with whipped cream and sliced key limes if desired. Enjoy.