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Key-Lime Bars


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Key-Lime Bars





½ cup butter, softened
1¼ cups sugar, divided
1½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/8 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon fresh lime zest
1/3 cup bottled Key-lime juice*
Garnish: confectioners’ sugar
 


• Preheat oven to 350°. Line an 8-x-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving a 1-inch overhang on all sides. Set aside.
• In a medium bowl, combine butter and ¼ cup sugar. Beat at high speed with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Set aside.
• In a small bowl, combine 1 cup flour and salt, whisking to blend. Add to butter mixture, stirring until incorporated.
• Using floured hands, press dough into prepared baking pan, building up a ½-inch edge on all sides.
• Bake until light golden brown, approximately 15 minutes. Set aside to cool.
• In another medium bowl, combine eggs, remaining 1 cup sugar, zest, juice, and remaining ½ cup flour, whisking until well mixed. Pour over cooled crust.
• Bake until filling is set, approximately 30 minutes. Let cool to room temperature.
• Using aluminum foil as handles, remove dessert from pan. Trim away sides of crust, if desired. Cut dessert into 32 (2-x-1-inch) bars.
• Garnish with a dusting of confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

*For testing purposes, we used Nellie and Joe’s Famous Key West Lime Juice. Fresh lime juice may be substituted, but the flavor will not be as tart.
 


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