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Key Lime Bars with Berries and Cream

Creamy and oh so tangy, these easy-to-bake bars will make a fabulous finale for your next grilled feast.

 
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Recipe Courtesy of Cuisine at Home 
 
Makes one: 13 x 9" pan   
Total time: 40 minutes + chilling 
 
 
For the crust:
Process; Add:
  • 1 jar macadamia nuts, ground (3 oz.)
  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 T. sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
Whisk Together; Add:
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cans sweetened condensed milk (14 oz. each)
  • 1 bottle key lime juice (8 oz.)  (or 1 cup fresh lime juice)
  • 1 t. vanilla extract
Instructions:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°; coat a 13 x 9" glass baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. Process nuts in a food processor until fine. Add crumbs, sugar, and salt, pulse to combine, then drizzle in butter while machine is running. Press mixture into prepared dish and bake just until golden, about 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk eggs together in a large bowl, then add remaining ingredients.
  4. Pour mixture over warm crust and bake just until filling is set and no longer jiggles, 20–25 minutes.
  5. Cool bars to room temperature, then chill until cold before cutting. (For smooth edges, dip the knife blade in hot water after making each cut.)

To top it off...
 
 
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These bars are great on their own, but for a company-worthy dessert, give one or more of these garnishing options a try. 
 
  • White chocolate shavings: Scrape a vegetable peeler down the narrow edge of a white chocolate bar.
  • Whipped cream: Whip heavy cream with a little powdered sugar just until soft peaks form.
  • Lime wedges: Cut thin lime slices into small wedges and nestle into a dollop of whipped cream.
  • Fresh berries: Whatever is in season will work great as a garnish for the bars. Use what looks best at the store.
  • Chopped macadamia nuts: Sprinkle coarsely chopped nuts over the bars. This really highlights the nuts in the crust.