Chewy Whole Lime Bars
Can you be in love with a food? If so, I might be in love with limes. Their flavor is perfectly spritzy and tart. The little, round, green fruits are a staple in one of my favorite drinks–margarita I’m looking at you–and Mexican food.
But, in all honesty, I decided to make these bars this week because I had a handful of limes left from an economy sized bag from Sam’s Club that were going by.
These bars remind me of key lime pie. But, their texture is similar to lemon squares. Instead of mixing lemon juice with sugar and eggs, you use lime juice.
These bars are inspired from one of my very favorite recipes–-David Lebovitz’ Whole Lemon Bars. My thought was that if replacing the lemon with its green counterpart would result in an equally delicious bar and I was right.
Don’t Be Afraid to Use the Whole Fruit
The Chewy Whole Lime Bars recipe uses an entire thinly sliced lime in addition to lime juice. You might think that it’s overpowering but it isn’t. You just have to be sure to slice the lime as thin as you possibly can and then thoroughly blend the slices and the sugar in a food processor. The effect is chewy and tangy.
To mix the fruit slices and sugar, I use a Cuisinart 12-cup food processor that I bought several years ago on sale at Macy’s. It’s been a real workhorse.
These bars would be perfect for a dessert at a barbecue or a seafood bake.
The bars taste great with beer. But you could also slice them into tiny squares and serve with cups of Earl Grey tea.
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup or one stick of melted unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 lime
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 large eggs
- 4 teaspoons corn starch
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
- Powdered sugar, for serving
- Preheat the oven to 350ºF
- Line an 8x8 square pan with foil, spray with non stick spray
- Make crust by combining in a medium size bowl the flour, sugar, salt and melted butter. Stir until combined.
- Pour crust mixture into prepared pan and press dough evenly into the pan. Bake for 25 minutes. Then remove from oven and put on a wire rack to cool.
- Make the lime mixture. Thinly slice one lime and put in a food processor with the sugar and three tablespoons lime juice. Blend until finely chopped.
- Add salt, butter and cornstarch. Blend again until combined.
- Pour lime mixture over the cooled crust.
- Reduce oven temperature to 300F
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Let cool before slicing.
- Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
Do you like lime? Have you made lime bars before? Leave a comment!