Lime Bars – Guest Post

My friend Ren of Big Eats, Small Spaces offered to do a guest post. Here’s what she writes:

I’m a citrus freak. I can’t get my hands on enough lemon, grapefruit, orange, and lime. Fall is upon us, but with a few warm days this week, I couldn’t resist one last taste of summer. More tart than traditional lemon squares, lime squares offer a pleasant alternative to the usual. I plan to serve these with sweet iced tea as a lunchtime dessert.

 

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Lime Squares

Ingredients:

Shortbread Layer
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 pinch of salt

Lime Layer
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
4 Tablespoons fresh lime juice (juice of 3-4 limes)
2 teaspoons lime zest
powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Grease the bottom and sides of a 2L (9x9 or 8x11) glass baking dish, making sure to grease 3/4 of the way up the sides.

For the shortbread, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until fluffy, using an electric mixer. Add the flour and salt, and incorporate using a pastry cutter. Do not over-mix, the mixture will be crumbly.

Pour the crumbs into the prepared dish, and press into an even crust. Bake 20-25 minutes, until edges are golden. Set aside to cool.

For the lime layer, whisk together the eggs and sugar until yellow. Add the lime juice and zest, then pour over the cooled crust. Return the dish to the oven, and bake another 20 minutes until set.

Cool, and then refrigerate until firm for best cutting. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

Ren said she pulled inspiration from a few different sources to come up with this recipe

 

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12 Responses to “Fresh Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

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    SimplySweeter — May 5, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Oh yum Jen! These look absolutely delicious! What a great July 4th treat…..maybe split them and serve ’em up like a Strawberry Shortcake??? Yum.

    http://www.simplysweeter.blogspot.com

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    KV — May 5, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Hi Jen, by any chance do you remember about how many strawberries you used for the recipe and also for filling? I have maybe 10-15 strawberries at home that need to be used asap and wondered if that was enough?

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    Jen — May 5, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    KV – Sorry I don’t. We had a big thing of strawberries in the fridge that Hubby had cut up for us to snack on. I would say it was less than a pint, but pretty close to a pint? Not really sure. Sorry I can’t be more help.

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    hannah! — May 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    strawberries are my favorite fruit ever! in my opinion, they always should be enjoyed fresh no matter what. even in desserts! 😀 your cupcakes look great, by the wayaoh

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    Cupcake Activist — May 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I’ve heard that strawberry cake doesn’t end up being that sweet, but maybe the addition of fresh strawberries on top changes things. I’m a huge strawberry fan, so I’m anxious to try this.

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    Jen — May 5, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Cupcake Activist – I could definitely see that the batter itself might not be that sweet. I thought they were great with the additional strawberries added in.

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    Kerstin — May 5, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    This looks divine. I made the Sky High strawberry cake with frozen berries and I thought it was really good, but I’d like to try again with fresh ones too! Your hubby has some very luck coworkers 🙂

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    Brisbane Baker — May 6, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Love this recipe.. infact all of your cupcake recipes. I made your Fauxtess cupcakes the other day and turned out wonderfully.. This is now on my wish list. :

    http://www.brisbanebaker.blogspot.com

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    We Are Not Martha — May 6, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    These look so simple and beautiful! I love strawberry cake and I especially love the way the fresh strawberries look inside 🙂

    Sues

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    Miss. Tarrah Dame — May 19, 2010 at 2:17 am

    cant go wrong with strawberry…just made strawberry marscapone filled cupcakes myself! 🙂
    http://cuppycakebakes.blogspot.com

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    soohyunee — May 25, 2010 at 12:01 am

    I love how you frosted these cupcakes!! did you start from the inside and go out with a 1M tip?

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    Jen — May 25, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Yes, soohyunee, to make the rosette, I started in the center and swirled around to the outside.

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