Prep 20 mins
Cook 35 mins
From Cooking Light (June 2005).
- 1⁄4 cup butter, softened
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon lemon extract
- 1 cup flour
- cooking spray
- 2⁄3 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1⁄8 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 cup fresh key lime juice
- 3 eggs
- 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Place first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until creamy (about 2 minutes).
- Gradually add 1 cup flour to butter mixture, beating at low speed until mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Gently press two-thirds of mixture (about 1 1/3 cups) into bottom of an 8-inch square baking pan coated with cooking spray; set remaining 2/3 cup flour mixture aside.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until just beginning to brown.
- Combine 2/3 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, baking powder, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
- Add lime juice and eggs, stirring with a whisk until smooth.
- Pour mixture over crust.
- Bake for 12 minutes.
- Remove pan from oven (do not turn oven off); sprinkle remaining 2/3 cup flour mixture evenly over egg mixture.
- Bake an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until set.
- Remove from oven; cool in pan on a wire rack.
- Sprinkle evenly with powdered sugar.
Had some key lime juice to use up and this worked well. We froze several and they are good that way also.
This recipe was fast and super easy. I did have to make a few changes because of what I had on hand. I used bottled lime juice and since no fresh limes I didn't have any zest. So I added extra lemon extract in the crust. This turned out tangy and sweet, but not overly, which IMO lots of citrus baked goods are. I enjoyed the lower fat content because lemon/lime squares can be extremely high in fat. The only thing I didn't like was the streusel topping. It just crumbled off and made a mess all over the counter and floor. Even though, I will make this again making sure to try with the fresh juice and zest. Thank you for a tasty recipe. My daughter (6) and I had a wonderful time making this together.
I just made this from my old copy of Cooking Light and had to check here because I definately want to add it to my 'zaar cookbook. This is very good, even though we did not use key limes. Big thanks for clearly separating the ingredients and steps; your writing is more clear than Cooking Light.