Lime Bars

 

Lime Bars - Thursday Night Baking

It is officially HOT here in Miami. Naïve Californian-Maddy thought it was already hot when we moved here when it was in the high 70’s/low 80’s every day – HA. The weather report has become comical at this point: temps in the high 90s but with humidity it feels over 100 degrees, sunny in the morning and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Every. Single. Day. At this point you could record the same weather report for the morning news and just play it on repeat.

Lime Bars - Thursday Night Baking

Prior to this move, I hadnever lived outside of the greater Los Angeles area before (aside from a few years in northern California as a kid). I now understand the people who would make fun of me for breaking out the rain boots in LA when a half an inch of rain was expected. The streets are flooded here sometimes and I still don’t see rain boots! So who is allowed to wear rain boots then!?

Lime Bars - Thursday Night Baking

If you haven’t experienced tropical weather like this before, I don’t necessarily recommend it, because man is it hard to figure out what to wear, but you just won’t understand what I am talking about until you are really in it. I thought I understood tropical weather after experiencing some summer storms in Minnesota, but wow was I so wrong. The phrase “pouring buckets” has never been more true. It’s remarkable how much water is up there. The streets completely flood in minutes and then shortly after, the rain stops, and the water magically disappear in minutes…like it had never happened. Well, not magically, this place is basically built on sand so it just soaks straight into the ground like a sponge. But still…magic.

Lime Bars - Thursday Night Baking

And that is just the rain! The thunderstorms are so powerful it feels like an earthquake sometimes, which sets off my internal “we’re all going to die!” alarm, but then I have to remind myself that it’s just extra electrical charge in the clouds trying to get a release and making some noise (ha, hey science degree, how you doing?), not the earth moving and separating beneath our feet.

LimeBars - Thursday Night Baking

The weather has definitely been something of an adjustment for the two of us, but our dog Butchie can’t quite make that adjustment. We never had any issues like this with him prior to moving but he’s developed a massive fear of thunder, but can you blame him? Poor guy – I wish he could understand me when I try to explain to him it’s just a noise, but unfortunately I think that explanation is more comforting for me than it is for him.

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Sorry, I had to include a picture of him. I mean, come on!

LimeBars - Thursday Night Baking

With all of this sweaty weather right now, warm drinks and food are typically off the table in my book. And when it comes to dessert, something cool and tart is what I’m craving right now.

LimeBars - Thursday Night Baking

Key Lime Pie is the thing for Florida, so I wanted to do a variation of that. First off, Key Limes are SO tiny! To get enough juice for a recipe you’d need a million of those little suckers so I stuck with standard limes. I’d love to say I have a super refined palate but I’m pretty sure you could pass this off as Key Lime Bars and no one would know.

Lime Bars - Thursday Night Baking

I like desserts that are easy to share, because it’s no fun enjoying something yummy unless someone else gets to enjoy it with you! So pies have never been my favorite unless it’s for a holiday gathering, then it’s a must. So I ditched the pie part and made them into some quick and easy to eat bars.

I am also a firm believer in desserts not looking perfect. Well, not exactly a firm believer but I can’t for the life of me cut bars into perfect squares so I’ve given up trying and let each one have it’s own identity. And you know what, sometimes you want a big piece and sometimes you want a same sized piece but in a slightly different shape…it’s character.

Lime Bars - Thursday Night Baking

The worst part of this recipe, and many recipes honestly, is the waiting. Oh the waiting! I suggest making these when you’re full so that you don’t feel so sad when you have to put them in the fridge for 4 hours before you can snag a piece.

Lime Bars - Thursday Night Baking

 

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Lime Bars
Print Recipe
Based on the classic key lime pie, these lime bars are an easy take on this creamy, tart, delicious pie!
Servings Prep Time
16 bars 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 4 hours
Servings Prep Time
16 bars 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 4 hours
Lime Bars
Print Recipe
Based on the classic key lime pie, these lime bars are an easy take on this creamy, tart, delicious pie!
Servings Prep Time
16 bars 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 4 hours
Servings Prep Time
16 bars 30 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
20 minutes 4 hours
Ingredients
Crust
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 6 tbs butter melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar
Filling
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup lime juice
  • 3 tsps lime zest
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 oz.
Topping
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • extra lime zest
Servings: bars
Instructions
Crust
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Stir together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small bowl.
  3. Press evenly onto bottom of an 8-inch square glass baking dish.
  4. Bake until dry and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Filling
  1. Put egg yolks and lime zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on high for 3 minutes to thicken. Reduce speed to medium and add condensed milk in a slow stream, mixing constantly. Raise speed to high; mix until thick, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add lime juice; mix until just combined.
  2. Spread filling over baked crust using a spatula. Bake, rotating dish halfway through, until filling is just set, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack before refrigerating for at least 4 hours.
  3. After the tray is chilled, cut into bars. Put cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Garnish bars with whipped cream and a little bit of extra lime zest
Recipe Notes

Recipe slightly adapted from Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies, 2005

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