Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Lemon Lime Bars

Lemon Lime Bars
Lemon  Lime Bars - cousin to the lemon bars.  These bars combine two of my favorite citrus flavors, lemon and lime.  I must say, these bars are delicious.  A nice rich bar with a slight tangy flavor  that is paired with a delicious crust.  The prep time to make these bars is about 35 minutes and 35 minutes baking time.  The base for these bars is a crust made from flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, salt and butter.  The crust mixture is pressed into the bottom of a 13x9x2-inch baking dish that has been lined with parchment paper.  While the crust is baking in a 350 degree F oven, you start preparing the filling. Eggs which have been lightly beaten are combined with sugar, half-and-half, and flour.  The mixture is divided into two bowls.  In one bowl, you add lemon juice and lemon zest.  In the second bowl, you add lime juice, lime zest, and a drop of green food coloring.  Once the crust has finished baking, you pour the lemon filling over the crust immediately after you take it out of the oven.  This way your lemon layer will set.  After the lemon layer has baked for about 10 minutes or until set,  you pour the lime mixture over the lemon layer.  Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until set.  Remove the bars from the oven and let them cool completely.  When cooled, lift the bars out of the pan and cut.   Sift powdered sugar over the bars followed by  lemon and lime peel.
You are ready to enjoy this fabulous and beautiful bar.  They taste as good as they look.  Enjoy:)


Lemon Lime Bars
From Better Homes and Gardens


Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter, cut up
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/3 cup half-and-half
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon finely shredded lime peel
1/3 cup lime juice
1 drop green food coloring
Thin strips of lemon and lime peel (optional)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan.  Line pan with parchment, pressing the paper onto the bottom and up the sides of the pan; set aside.  For crust, in a large bowl combine the 2 cups flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch, and salt.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.  Press firmly into bottom of prepared pan.  Bake 15 minutes.

Coarse Crumb Mixture for Crust
Crust Mixture Pressed Down in Prepared Pan
2. Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl whisk together eggs, granulated sugar, half-and-half, and 3 tablespoon flour; divide equally into two bowls.  To one bowl add lemon peel and lemon juice; to the other bowl add lime peel, lime juice, and green food coloring.   Pour lemon filling over hot crust; bake 10 to 12 minutes or until set.  Carefully pour lime filling over lemon filling; bake 10 to 12 minutes more or until set.  Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Lemon Mixture





Lime Mixture















Lemon Mixture Poured Over Hot Crust

Lime Mixture Poured Over Lemon Mixture

3. Use paper to lift uncut bars out of pan.  Cut into bars.  Sift powdered sugar over bars.  Top with lemon and lime peel, if desired.  Refrigerate to store.

Makes 32 bars















4 comments:

  1. I really love the sound of lemon and lime bars, thanks so much for the recipe! :)

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  2. Geraldine, this is the first time that I see "Lemon and Lime Bars - they sound wonderful and refreshing. I have made key lime pie and lemon bars but never these two citrus flavors together - certainly sounds and looks like a perfect dessert for springtime! Wonderful recipe!
    Have a lovely Wednesday!

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  3. Your lime zest gives such a nice color!

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  4. Those sound and look incredible! Great job :)

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

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