Coconut and lime bars

18 Jan

I couldn’t find fresh limes the other day so I bought a pack of lime juice instead. I had a lot of lime juice leftover after I only added a little bit in the salad. In order to finish it I searched for dessert recipes with lime juice and I found one that I wanted to try most – Coconut and Lime Bar. Also this would be a nice thank-you gift to one of my friends.

I was concern about the sugar level (especially after Christmas and New Year), so I cut down the amount of sugar (slightly under 1/2 cup in the filling). It turned out the bars were leaning to the sour side, however it was still nice to eat. Add more sugar if you have a sweet tooth. I must say coconut and lime are a perfect match.

Coconut & lime Bars (click here for the original recipe)
By Lemons & Anchovies

For the Crust
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup powdered sugar
6 tbsps dessicated coconut
¼ tsp kosher salt
56g cold, unsalted butter, diced small
4 tbsps vegetable oil
Cooking spray
For the Filling
½ cup caster sugar (this is for a tart filling. Use ¾ cup for a sweeter sweet version)
2 heaping tbsps all-purpose flour
Zest of one limes
¾ cup lime juice
3 large eggs
Powdered sugar for dusting

  1. Preheat your oven to 175C and spray an 8×8 inch baking pan with cooking spray.
    To prepare the crust: Place the flour, ½ cup powdered sugar, dessicated coconut and salt in a food processor. Pulse a couple of times to combine then add the butter and oil. Pulse 6-8 times until the mixture resembles the texture of coarse meal.
  2. Transfer the mixture to the baking pan and press into the bottom and sides. Bake for about 20 minutes or until lightly browned.
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the filling: Combine the caster sugar, flour, lime zest, eggs and coconut in a medium bowl. Whisk in the lime juice, a little at a time at first to prevent lumps, until the mixture is smooth. When the crust is lightly browned, pour the filling into the baking pan.
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 160C and bake for about 20 minutes or until the filling is just set.
  5. Remove from the oven, cool on a wire rack then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to allow the filling time to set properly. Dust with powdered sugar and cut into squares of your preferred size.
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