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Key Lime Bars with Macadamia Nut Crust

February 23, 2012

I was told once that Key Lime Pie was an acquired taste.  I now know why.  Key limes are tart and bitter, even more so than regular limes.  Key Limes are smaller, seedier, has a higher acidity, a stronger aroma, and a thinner rind than regular limes.  So, it is no wonder why it is an acquired taste.  If you love limes you’ll probably love Key limes, probably being the operative word here.  I love, love, love Key Limes.  I have never had Key Lime Pie.  I made my very first Key Lime Pie about 3 weeks ago at work.  There is literally nothing to it.  Key limes, sweetened condensed milk, and eggs that’s it.  Well, you do have to prepare the graham cracker crumb crust first but we all know how easy that is so it doesn’t count!

These Key Lime Bars with Macadamia Nut Crust are addictive and delicious!  They are simple to prepare and require very little oven time.  In fact, after baking the crust that’s it no more oven 🙂  So, technically they are a no-bake bar from the crust up.    They are a beautiful bar with a little zip.  The combination of Key limes with the macadamia nuts really compliment each other well.  This dessert is light and would be prefect for a Caribbean style dinner.

Key Lime Bars with Macadamia Nut Crust

    2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2/3 cup chopped macadamias
6 tablespoons butter, cubed
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup Key lime juice
1 envelope unflavored gelatin
2 tablespoons Key lime juice
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon grated lime rind
2 1/2 cups whipping cream,whipped
For Garnish
grated lime rind

To Prepare

Process flour and next 4 ingredients in a food processor until finely ground. Press mixture into a greased aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch pan.
Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.
Heat 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup lime juice over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and set aside.
Sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons lime juice in a medium bowl; stir gelatin mixture, and let stand 3 to 5 minutes.
Add hot mixture, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Whisk in sweetened condensed milk and grated lime rind.
Place bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice; whisk mixture 10 minutes or until partially set.
Fold in whipped cream. Pour evenly over prepared crust; cover and chill 8 hours. Cut into diamond, triangle, or square shapes. Garnish, if desired.

Makes 24 Bars
Source Southern Living
Best Friends For Frosting

If you are a fan of limes or Key limes this recipe is a must for you!  They are absolutely incredible!

From our kitchen to yours,
Sydney Jones

14 Comments leave one →
  1. February 23, 2012 3:26 pm

    My favorite post for today!

  2. cookiemomma permalink
    February 23, 2012 3:29 pm

    OMG!!! So pin worthy! Thanks

  3. February 23, 2012 3:29 pm

    Sounds delicious! I love Key limes!

  4. February 23, 2012 6:48 pm

    Agree with @cookiemomma, definitely pinning this, and definitely making this at some point!! Yum…

  5. February 23, 2012 7:48 pm

    Just reading this post is making my mouth water as I love the tart and sweet. I am one of those people that love limes. Actually, if you put a chocolate dessert next to a lime one i would choose the lime. BAM

  6. February 23, 2012 9:39 pm

    salivating as I type =D
    – D

  7. February 24, 2012 8:48 pm

    This is absolutely decadent but light deliciousness – cravings are so hard right now 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

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