Friday, March 18, 2011

Tart Key Lime Squares

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(about 9 squares)

Two pound bags of key limes were on sale this week and I couldn't resist making these squares. They are very easy to make...  you just need a bit of patience to squeeze all of those tiny limes.. but the effort is well worth it.

I add a couple of pinches of ground ginger to the graham crust because I love how that plays off the lime. The squares were so good...  creamy, tangy and quite tart... I had to fight the urge for seconds.

1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 pinches ground ginger (optional)
4 tbsp butter, melted (1/2 a stick)

key lime topping
1/2 - 3/4 cup fresh key lime juice*
1 (packed) tbsp lime zest

Stir the zest into the lime juice and set aside while you prepare the graham crust mixture.

4 egg yolks
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

sweetened whipped cream for serving

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Combine the graham crumbs, sugar and ginger. Stir in the butter and pack the mixture firmly into the bottom of an 8" square baking pan.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes, then remove from the oven. Reduce the heat to 325°F.

While the crust is baking whisk together the egg yolks and the sweetened condensed milk. Then whisk in the lime juice with the zest.
*I love these squares on the tart side, so I use 3/4 cup lime juice - if you prefer them sweeter, then reduce the amount of juice to 2/3 cup or 1/2 cup.

Pour the mixture over the graham crust and return to the oven for about 13-15 minutes. It will be done when the topping has set but still "jiggles".

Allow to cool and then refrigerate for a few more hours before serving.

Cut into 9 squares and serve with whipped cream*.

*I like putting the whipped cream into a small plastic bag and then snipping off a corner to squeeze it out.. any unused portion goes back into the refrigerator in that bag.


Anonymous said...

that is such a beautiful picture! thank you for the recipe :)

Jenn said...

I have really started to like the fresh and tart flavor of key limes over this past year. I crave it frequently. I couldn't imagine juicing all those tiny limes! I've only ever used bottled key lime juice, but I bet fresh, right from the lime is amazing.

Anonymous said...

Oh my! These look so creamy and delicious! I love the zest in them.

Anonymous said...

I add ginger to lemon all the time, but somehow it never occurred to me to do it with lime. Even though lime pie and its variants are some of my favorite desserts of all time (native Floridian, what can I say?). I know what I'm making this weekend...

Maria said...

I love lime desserts! These squares look perfect!

Gerlinde in Washington said...

I've been tempted to get another bag of key limes. :)

Chef Basket said...

These tart key lime squares sound fun and tasty! Thanks for the post.

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