Lovely lime squares bring just enough zing
If you’re a fan of all things citrus, you’re going to love these tart little lime squares. Just 5 ingredients give you a bright and cheery dessert that goes great washed down with hot tea or ice cold milk.
I could pretty much commit to only eating desserts that incorporate citrus. I crave that light, refreshing, tongue twisting flavor. These lime bars aren’t overly zingy, but they have just enough pizzazz to make them memorable. If you need to cut down, a small dollop of fresh whipped cream always does the trick.
They’re good any time you can find fresh limes at the market.
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
6 tablespoons sugar
12 tablespoons cold butter, cut in small chunks
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups sugar
¾ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
Heat oven to 350 F. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with parchment paper and set aside.
Crust: Add sugar, flour and butter to a large bowl. Use pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour. Dough will be dry. Press crust mixture firmly into the pan. Bake for 20-24 minutes or until dough is lightly browned.
Filling: Add flour, sugar, eggs, lime juice and lime zest in a bowl and whisk well. Let mixture sit for about 15 minutes while crust finishes baking. When crust is finished, whisk lime mixture briefly again (sugar may have settled). Pour mixture on top of crust. Return to oven for about 20-24 minutes. Keep a close eye on the oven so you can remove before the tops brown.
Tops should be set when you remove from oven. Let cool before serving.
Note: Substitute lime juice for lemon juice to make lemon bars.