Lime Curd Bars with Coconut Crust

Friday, May 18, 2012

Tired of traditional lemon bars? These guys will certainly liven things up! A couple of days ago I was planning out a few treats to make for a luncheon and wanted to stick with something easy (some kind of cake or bars) and something I could make the night before. I only had one lemon left over from the blueberry-lemon bars but had a handful of limes, which meant I had to think of some way to make it all work. That's when I realized I had bookmarked this Bon Appétit recipe. So I grabbed the limes, doubled the recipe, and made a few adjustments. They turned out perfect in every way. The lime curd was incredibly flavorful and the coconut crust added sweetness and crunch. 

Lime Curd Bars with Coconut Crust
Ingredients
Crust:
⅓ c. light brown sugar
1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
2 c. all-purpose flour
½ cup shredded dried coconut
¹⁄₈ tsp. salt
Zest of ½ a lime

Filling:
1 ¾ c. + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder
4 large eggs
¹⁄₈ tsp. salt
Zest of ½ a lime
¾ cup fresh lime juice (4-5 limes)
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS: 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch baking dish with aluminum foil, overhanging the edges by 1 inch. 
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar (beat for 2-4 minutes). Add the flour, the zest of half a lime, coconut and the salt. Mix until the dough just holds together (the dough will be soft and sticky). Press into the pan and prick all over with a fork. 
3. Place pan with crust in oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust turns golden brown.
4. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and remaining lime zest and salt. Slowly beat in the eggs one at a time. Then with mixing speed on low, add lime juice. Pour into the baked crust. 
5. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes. Check it around 20 minutes to make sure it does not overcook. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool. After 30 minutes or so, place in refrigerator until set, 1-2 hours. Cut into bars and dust with confectioners’ sugar and leftover lime zest.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma's Blender- Lime Curd Bars | Makes approximately 24 bars

18 Comments:

  1. Came over from the Winthrop Chronicles - I told myself not to look at any recipes this week, but this features two of my favorite ingredients -limes and coconut. So very tempting!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

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  2. I adore both lime and coconut so these are right up my alley! They sound delicious! I featured them in a dessert round up today!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/05/memorial-day-picnic-desserts.html

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    1. Thank you, Jenny! I will definitely check out your blog!

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  3. Happy Friday! I just wanted to let you know that I featured you today [both your lime bars and berry bars]. Feel free to drop by and grab a button. Have a great weekend.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2012/05/inspiration-board-link-party-spotlight_25.html

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  4. Yum! I love a good citrus bar. And with a coconut crust? I'm totally in!

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  5. Yum! I really need to bake more. lol

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  6. Yum - I wish I had one right now!

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  7. Those look WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing at Pin It and Win It! Hope you will come back tomorrow evening to share some more creations!

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  8. Lime and coconut is the perfect summer flavor combo!!! These bars are awesome looking!!!!

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  9. I love plain lemon bars the addition of coconut is fantastic. Thanks for sharing this on foodie friday.

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  10. Can't wait to try this recipe! They look amazing! We appreciate you linking up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We love seeing all of the great recipes and fun ideas! Hope to see you again next week! -The Sisters

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  11. Wow - there is nothing I don't love about these!!

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  12. Wow, this looks divine. Thank you so much for linking up on Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  13. These look just amazing and perfect for summer!! Thank you so much for linking up - I featured you as a Crush of the Week today! http://www.flamingotoes.com/2012/06/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-52/

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  14. ohhh yummmy

    Cant wait to see what you link up later today on Serenity Saturday

    Natasha xxx

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  15. Holy smokes these look AMAZING! I made key lime curd recently and these bars are SO getting pinned! I'd love it if you would share these at the {what's shakin' link party}!
    http://shakentogether.blogspot.com/2012/06/whats-shakin-link-party-11-party-faves.html

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    1. You are one of the party faves for this week ... hope you stop by, link up and grab a featured button!

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  16. Hi there. Food on Friday: Lemons and Limes is now open for entries. This looks like a neat one! I do hope you link it in. This is the link . Cheers

    I have just signed up to follow you. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful. Cheers

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