Luscious Lime Bars

Lime bars on baking paper

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Lime bars on a wooden chopping board

Luscious Lime Bars

By Amy // Posted Jun, 13 2021 // Category Bars and Slices 

My Lime Bars have a beautifully rich shortbread base and is topped with silky zingy lime curd. 

I really love how the citrusy lime flavour is so intense. Combined with some buttery shortbread at the bottom, it’s absolutely to die for. 

They’re pretty uncomplicated to make as you only need 5 ingredients!

Love citrus? Click on the links below to see my other recipes.

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tips

1. pastry cutter substitutes

Using a pastry cutter when making your shortbread ensures you get a crumbly not soft texture. This is exactly what you want in your base. 

If you don’t have a pastry cutter, the easiest solution could be to use a food processor. Other tools that work well include using butter knifes (one in each hand) or using a fork to mash the butter into the sugar and flour.

Remember that you need to use cold butter that has been cubed really small and you need to keep cutting the butter in until there is no visible flour.

2. Tap the curd

When you make the curd, you’ll find that curd is a little bubbly after you whisk it together. You should let it settle for a while then pour it on top of your shortbread base. After pouring, you can gently tap the tin on the counter to eliminate some of the bubbles. Running a knife over the bubbles works as well.

3. Add some colour

To help your lime bars look a little more lime like, you can put in one drop of green food colouring. Add it as the final step when your curd mixture has come together, then whisk again until the green colour is incorporated everywhere.

4. Change the citrus

I have made the same recipe with lemons instead which tastes amazing. You could also use grapefruit or oranges as well. Just remember that you need 3/4 cups of juice and potentially slight less sugar if your oranges are really sweet.

Check out my Lemon Bar recipe.

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Lime bars on baking paper

Yields16 Servings
Prep Time20 minsCook Time40 minsTotal Time1 hr

Shortbread base
 1 cup butter (227gr) cold, cubed
 ½ cup white sugar (100gr)
 2 cups plain flour, sifted (300g)
Lime Curd
 1 ½ cups white sugar (300gr)
 ¼ cup plain flour, sifted (68gr)
 4 eggs (at room temperature)
 4 limes, zested
 ¾ cup lime juice (around 6 limes)

Base
1

Preheat oven at 180 C or 350F. Line a square (20cm/8inch) baking tin with baking paper.

2

Place flour and sugar into a mixing bowl and mix with a whisk to combine. Put the cubed butter on top and combine using a pastry cutter or food processor. Stop combining when the mixture has no visible flour and resembles coarse crumbs.

3

Press the shortbread mixture evenly onto the bottom of the baking tin and bake for 20 minutes. The bottom and top edges should just be starting to brown.

Lime Curd
4

Whisk together all the ingredients (sugar, flour, eggs, lime juice, zest) using an electric whisk or by hand until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the mixture on top of the shortbread base.

5

Bake at the same temperature (180 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes or until the curd has set. The custard has set when it doesn't jiggle anymore. If the topping is starting to brown too much, place tinfoil above the baking tin.

6

Let cool completely before cutting. You should be able to get around 12-16 bars. Dust with icing sugar.

7

Best served at room temperature. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Ingredients

Shortbread base
 1 cup butter (227gr) cold, cubed
 ½ cup white sugar (100gr)
 2 cups plain flour, sifted (300g)
Lime Curd
 1 ½ cups white sugar (300gr)
 ¼ cup plain flour, sifted (68gr)
 4 eggs (at room temperature)
 4 limes, zested
 ¾ cup lime juice (around 6 limes)

Directions

Base
1

Preheat oven at 180 C or 350F. Line a square (20cm/8inch) baking tin with baking paper.

2

Place flour and sugar into a mixing bowl and mix with a whisk to combine. Put the cubed butter on top and combine using a pastry cutter or food processor. Stop combining when the mixture has no visible flour and resembles coarse crumbs.

3

Press the shortbread mixture evenly onto the bottom of the baking tin and bake for 20 minutes. The bottom and top edges should just be starting to brown.

Lime Curd
4

Whisk together all the ingredients (sugar, flour, eggs, lime juice, zest) using an electric whisk or by hand until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the mixture on top of the shortbread base.

5

Bake at the same temperature (180 degrees Celsius) for 20 minutes or until the curd has set. The custard has set when it doesn't jiggle anymore. If the topping is starting to brown too much, place tinfoil above the baking tin.

6

Let cool completely before cutting. You should be able to get around 12-16 bars. Dust with icing sugar.

7

Best served at room temperature. Store in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Luscious Lime Bars
Nutrition Facts

Servings 16


Amount Per Serving
Calories 275
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12.8g20%
Saturated Fat 7.7g39%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 97mg5%
Potassium 37mg2%
Total Carbohydrate 38.5g13%
Dietary Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugars 25.1g
Protein 3.3g7%

Calcium 12%
Iron 1%
Vitamin D 59%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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