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.