These delicious bars were a bit of a project. I didn't expect to have to make them 4 times- but as always the recipes that take a little extra time - end up being really quite wonderful.
These can also be Lemon bars- just sub out the lime juice for lemon. I prefer Lime over Lemon by a long shot. But you may enjoy the opposite
These bars are nice and thick. Skinny little dessert bars I think are just a waste of time. You might as well have something to really bite into your going to spend the time baking. Not that these take long to make- they are about as simple as it gets.
1/2 Cup Butter at Room Temp (Such as earth balance)
1/4 Cup Sugar.
(Refined or unrefined-a white sugar will work best- such as xylitol, or organic cane sugar)
160 Grams (1 Cup) Sweet Rice Flour
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 TBS Cold Water
1 LB (2 Cups) Tofu (Firm or Extra Firm)
1 1/2 Cup Sugar (go for a white granulated sugar here or xylitol as well. )
(feel free to adjust this amount for a more or less- lime tartness and overall sweetness)
Zest of 2 limes
1/2 Cup of Lime Juice
2 TBS Sweet Rice Flour
3 1/2 TBS Tapioca Flour
pinch of Salt.
- Preheat oven to 350 Degrees.
- In the bowl of a Food Processor combine the Crust Ingredients until they come together. Press evenly into a 7x7 Inch Square pan. Bake 15 minutes and then remove from oven.
- Meanwhile- Clean out the bowl of your Food Processor. Drain the liquid from the Tofu Container and pat it with some paper towel to soak up a little bit of the excess liquid. Then add it and all of the other ingredients to the bowl to make the custard. process till smooth.
- Pour Custard Over semi- baked crust. Place back in the oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting.
These taste best chilled! Store in the fridge.
Try topping these Key Lime Bars with a sprinkle of shredded dried Coconut instead of powdered sugar. I did this and then also dusted on a little stevia to add a note of sweetness. Or of course- you can stick to the traditional method of sifting on powdered sugar.
For those looking to cut out sugar completely- try toying with small amount of Stevia in place of the granulated sugar!