Monday, April 27, 2020

KEY LIME PIE BARS



KEY LIME PIE BARS



Take a classic and transform it into these delicious lime pie bars. These easy citrus bars are a refreshing treat for summer!


INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE CRUST:
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 15 graham cracker sheets (or 30 squares)

FOR THE FILLING:
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 tbsp. lime zest
  • 14 oz. can condensed milk
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. key lime juice (or regular lime juice)
  • 6 oz. original cream cheese, room temperature


INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9-inch pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a food processor or in a large ziploc bag with a rolling pin, crush the graham crackers until fine crumbs form.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the crumbs, sugar, salt and butter, mix to combine. Press the crumbs evenly into the bottom of the lined pan. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add the condensed milk and mix until combined.
  5. Then, add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each addition followed by the lime zest, juice and vanilla extract, mix until combined.
  6. Pour the filling over the hot, baked crust. Return to the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes or until set. The top should not brown. Remove from the oven and chill in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before serving. I prefer dense, cold bars, so I generally give them the full 4 hours, however, the pictures taken above were shot after 2 hours.
  7. Cut and serve, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Enjoy your cake!