Saturday, January 2, 2010

Coconut Lime Bars

My brother and sister-in-law sent me some limes from their backyard tree in California, which inspired me to try this deliciously citrusy lime bar recipe. The coconut adds to the texture without making the bars overly sweet.

Coconut Lime Bars - from
For the crust:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pats

For the filing:
1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
2 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 eggs
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
confectioners' sugar

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9x13 pan with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray. Combine flour, brown sugar and salt. Cut in butter and mix until it forms a crumbly dough. Scrape dough into pan and pat down into even crust with lightly floured hands.
Bake crust until lightly brown around edges - about 20 minutes. Remove from oven - leave oven on. Cool crust for 10 minutes. Sprinkle half of the coconut over crust.

Prepare the filing:
Combine granulated sugar, flour, eggs and lime juice. Beat well. Pour into pan. Sprinkle with remaining coconut. Bake 25-30 minutes or until filling is set. Cool bars in pan. Refrigerate until chilled.

Loosen tinfoil from pan and invert onto flat cutting board. Carefully remove tinfoil. Turn right side up. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Cut into bars. Makes 24 bars.

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