Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Coconut-Lime Bars with Hazelnut Shortbread Crust

Coconut-Lime Bars with Hazelnut Shortbread Crust (Adapted from Bon App├ętit)

For the crust

1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skins removed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
13 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into cubes

For the filling

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
5 large eggs
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest
3/4 cup packed sweetened flaked coconut

To prepare the crust

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor, add nuts and sugar - process until nuts are finely ground. Add flour and salt - pulse to combine. Add cubes of butter and process until combined. Scoop out dough into a 9" x 13" baking pan coated with cooking spray - press dough evenly over the bottom to create a level crust. Place into the oven and bake until golden, about 26 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and place pan on a wire rack - set aside to cool completely.

To prepare the filling

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar and eggs until well combined. Whisk in lime juice. Add flour and lime zest, whisking to incorporate. Pour filling over the crust - place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove and sprinkle coconut evenly over the top. Return to the oven and continue baking until the filling is set, about 7 to 10 more minutes.

Remove pan from the oven and set on a wire rack to cool completely. Place into the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours before cutting.

Makes about 24 squares.

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  1. Wow, looks so good! You should enter Coconut & Lime's blogiversary contest! http://coconutlime.blogspot.com/2009/05/coconut-limes-five-year-blogiversary.html

  2. i've been looking for something different to do with the limes sitting in my fridge! these sound absolutely. divine. period. can't wait to try them and maybe give some to my lime-loving sister as a graduation present :) thank you!

  3. TFC - Enjoy! Let us know what you think of them.

  4. These are absolutely delicious! I use walnuts for the crust instead of the hazelnut because my boyfriend doesn't like hazelnut, but they're always a hit!!