Key Lime Bars

plated and ready to eat!

Straight from Martha Stewart, these bars were a big hit! The fresh lime juice is what makes them so mouthwatering, but it’s also what makes this a very time consuming recipe. Budget about an hour from starting the crust to pulling the bars out of the oven. You’ll only need a few minutes to whip up the topping and slice the limes later. Worth the effort for a party or family function!

Crust Ingredients:

1.5 cups finely ground graham crackers
1/3 cup sugar
5 tablespoons melted butter(drizzle of honey)

Filling Ingredients:

3 large egg yolks
1.5 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
2/3 cup fresh key lime juice (anywhere from 16-24 limes)

Garnish:

1/2 cup heavy cream
2 limes finely sliced into crescents

 

 

Crust Preparation:

Preheat to 350F
Stir together graham crackers, sugar, butter (and honey if desired)
Press onto the bottom of a glass baking pan (8 inch square or a bit bigger)
Bake until dry and golden brown
8 minutes in the convection oven;  10 in traditional oven
Set aside to cool completely

Filling Preparation:

Use whisk attachment on electric mixer
Whisk egg yolks and lime zest on high speed until thick (at least 5 minutes)
Reduce speed to medium and add condensed milk
Raise speed back up to high, mix until thick (at least 3 minutes)
Reduce speed to low, add lime juice, mix until just combined

Spread filing evenly over cooled crust
Bake about 10 minutes, rotating half way through for traditional oven
Bake 8 minutes for convection oven
Let cool, refrigerate at least 4 hours (overnight if you have time!)


One Comment

  1. These Key Lime Bars are FANTASTIC! In fact, I can truly say that they are the best I’ve ever tasted. The juice from real limes rather than bottled lime juice make all the difference in the world. I served them at a party today and they were a HUGE hit. Thanks for the recipe.

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