Friday, April 24, 2009

Lime Squares

I haven't written a post in a while because my laptop was being repaired. But I'm back, looking at recipes over the Easter weekend from a couple of few weeks ago. My family came to visit and I thought I would bake a treat for their arrival. I really enjoy this lime square recipe that I got from my ex-roommate D. I didn't think I had ever made it for my mom and figured she would really enjoy the tartness from the lime juice. She actually enjoyed the crust the best!

Lime Squares
If I had to make this again, I would reduce the sugar in the topping because it was too sweet for me. I also usually add more lime juice because there's never enough!

* 1 cup all purpose flour
* ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
* ⅓ cup butter or margaine, chilled

* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 2 eggs
* 2 tsp fresh lime juice (I add a bit more but not too much or topping will be too runny...)
* lime zest (optional)
* 2 tbsp all purpose flour
* ½ tsp baking powder
* ¼ tsp salt
* powdered sugar

Heat oven to 320F.
Lightly grease 8-in (2 L) square baking pan.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar.
Using pastry blender, cut in butter/margarine until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Press mixture evenly into prepared pan to form base.
Bake for 10 minutes.

Base of the squares and mixing for the topping.

In second mixing bowl, combine topping ingredients.
Beat at medium speed of electric mixter until well blended.
Spread topping evenly over base.
Bake for 25 minutes, or until edges are light golden brown.
Cool completely.
Sprinkle bars evenly with powdered sugar.
Let cool before cutting into 12 squares.
Store in refrigerator.

Topping before and after baking.

My fancy powdered sugar sprinkler from a The Pampered Chef party!

I wish I had some now!


Wandering Chopsticks said...

Only 2 tsp of lime juice? That's barely anything. You can add more without any worries about it being too runny. I add 1 cup of Meyer lemon juice to my recipe. Four eggs though. I think the eggs counteract the extra liquid?

Miss.Adventure said...

Thanks for the tip!