Time for a secret recipe club recipe! This month I was given thesaturdayeveningpot. There were so many recipes to choose from, but I finally settled on these lime squares. Friends invited us over for a bbq on the 4th and these seemed like a perfect dessert to bring.
I actually ended up making these twice because I forgot to take a picture at the BBQ! The first time I used a handheld pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour/sugar. It was really messy and hard to press the dough into the pan. The dessert came out fine, but the lime layer came out pretty Cakey and without much lime flavor! The bars were still devoured at the BBQ and we came home with an empty pan. The second time I used my food processor for the base and this time the dough was much easier to press in! I also used two limes instead of one for the lime layer for more lime flavor. I also left out the egg white on top of the base layer and didn’t notice a difference.
adapted from thesaturdayeveningpot
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup confecioner’s sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, cut into 8 pieces
1 egg white for glazing
2 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Zest of 1 lime
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (1 lime)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Lightly grease 8 inch square baking dish with spray.
For the base, process flour and confectioner’s sugar in a food processor for several seconds. Add butter and process until dough comes together, 20 to 30 seconds.
Press the dough gently and evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan. Glaze with egg white, using basting brush.
Bake base on center oven rack until lightly golden, about 20 minutes. cool completely.
Meanwhile, prepare the topping: Gently whisk eggs in medium sized bowl until lightly mixed. Add the remaining topping ingredients and continue to whisk gently until they are blended.
Pour the topping evenly over cooled base. Bake until top is set and golden, about 20.
Allow to cool completely.