Monday, August 30, 2010
Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars
I found the recipe for these bars on Baking Bites and just knew that I had to make them. For one thing, I love lemony flavored desserts - lemon bars, lemon cookies, lemon cake, you get the point - so these lime bars were right up my alley. Plus, I had a lot of the ingredients already sitting around the house.
So, how did the bars turn out? Only one word - amazing. The combination of flavors and textures is incredible. The brown sugar shortbread base almost becomes like a layer of toffee or brittle with a wonderful caramelly undertone. As for the filling, well, lime and coconut is definitely a match made in heaven. They're creamy, dreamy, crunchy, coconutty, and sweet. Besides that, they're super easy to make. Have you started craving them yet?
As for my family, they loved these bars. They're even better when they're chilled. So refreshing and the lime filling sets up a little better. This is definitely a recipe that I will make again and again.
Lime and Coconut Crumble Bars (from Baking Bites)
1/2 c. salted butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. shredded coconut, sweetened
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 c. fresh lime juice
2 tsp. lime zest
Line a 9x9 baking pan with parchment paper. Cream butter and brown sugar. Add in flour and baking powder. Mix in oats and coconut. Mixture will be somewhat dry and sandy. Combine condensed milk with lime juice and zest.
Put 2 cups of the oat mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan and press firmly into an even layer. Pour condensed milk mixture on top and spread evenly. Crumble all remaining oat mixture over the top of the lime mixture, covering it completely. Bake at 350F for 30 min. until golden brown. Cool completely before cutting into squares. The bars can also be chilled in the fridge after cooling.