Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lemon-Lime Bars

Lemon-Lime Bars
(24 bars)


2 cups All-Purpose Flour
½ cup Powdered Sugar
2 tbsp. Corn Starch
¼ tsp. Salt
¾ cup Unsalted Butter, cut-up
4 large Fresh Eggs, lightly beaten
1½ cups Sugar
1/3 cup Half & Half
3 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Fresh Lemon Peel, finely shredded
1/3 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
1 tsp. Fresh Lime Peel, finely shredded
1/3 cup Fresh Lime Juice
1 drop Green Food Coloring
as needed Powdered Sugar for dusting
as needed Lemon & Lime Peel, thin strips for garnish


Grease a 9x13 baking dish and then line it with parchment paper pressing into corners.  Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, powdered sugar, cornstarch and salt.  Using a pastry blender, cut butter into mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Press this mixture into prepared baking dish.  Place in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 15 minutes.  In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, half & half and 3 tablespoons of flour.  Divide mixture equally between two bowls.  To the first bowl add the lemon peel and juice incorporating completely.  To the second bowl add the lime peel and juice along with the food coloring and mix completely.  Pour the lemon filling over the warm crust and bake in the same temperature oven for 10 to 12 minutes.  Then carefully pour lime mixture over the lemon mixture and bake another 10 to 12 minutes or until set.  Cool completely on a wire rack.  Use parchment paper to lift it out of dish.  Cut 4x6 to create 24 bars.  Then sprinkle with powdered sugar, lemon and lime peel.  Serve immediately or refrigerate until needed.

Note:               You can just zest the lemon and lime if you want finer pieces of the peel.

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