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Key Lime Squares

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

I acquired the recipe for this terrific tart in Florida while living in a house at the beach. It is a dessert you can bring to your neighbor’s house for a gift because it travels well and is a refreshing end to any dinner. You can buy bottled Key lime juice, which tastes quite good.

You can substitute fresh lemon juice if you can’t find bottled Key lime juice (regular bottled lime juice just isn’t right in this recipe).



These taste best fresh. You can refrigerate them, but the crust will get soft.

Cooking Methodbaking

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 1 hour

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Taste and Texturebuttery, tangy, tart

Type of Dishcookie, dessert

Ingredients

  • 5 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup Key lime juice
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces blanched almonds, finely chopped
  • 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon plus ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

In a medium-size mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the eggs, granulated sugar, and lime juice until foamy, 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside.

In another medium-size mixing bowl, mash the butter with a fork. Add the almonds, flour, and 1 tablespoon of the confectioners’ sugar to form a dough, Pat the dough into the bottom of a 9 × 13-inch baking dish.

Bake the crust on the center oven rack for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and reduce the temperature to 325°F. Pour the filling into the crust and bake until set, 20 to 30 minutes. If the squares do not set in 30 minutes, turn off the oven and leave the pan inside with the door ajar until they are firm. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

5. Sift the remaining ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar evenly over the top just before serving.

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Delicious -just the right balance of sweet and tart...the filling is divine -one of the best lime curds ever-light and lucious-not dense and gummy! Advice - making the crust ahead makes this recipe even easier and quicker to make -Enjoy!

Sooo easy and tastes great! Travels well to group events and is a winner.

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