I am not much of a baker. While I have tried my hand at making desserts from scratch, the only dessert I insist on doing that with are cookies. Everything else I take the easy way out for the foundation of the dessert by using a box mix then adding my own twist to it. One of my favorite desserts to do this with are lime bars.
I love lemon bars as well but there is something about that lime zing that gets my mouth watering. I like Krusteaz Key Lime Bar mix and here are the directions for that.
What You Will Need
Lime Bars1 box Krusteaz Key Lime Bar mix
1/3 cup water
Meringue4 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8x2-inch baking dish (sides and bottom).
- Mix water and eggs until evenly blended. Add key lime filling mix and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
- Press crust mix firmly into bottom of pan. Bake 8 minutes to set crust. The crust will bake the rest of the way once filling is added.
- Stir filling again and pour over hot crust. Bake 18 to 20 minutes until filling is set. Allow to cool completely. Keep oven at 350.
- Add egg whites and sugar to a clean mixing bowl used in an electric mixer. Add the whisk attachment to the mixer. Beat the egg whites and sugar on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form.
- Using a spatula spread meringue over key lime filling. Swirl the meringue while you spread to form peaks. Bake again for 8 to 10 minutes or until meringue begins to brown.
- Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Of course, this can be done with lemon bars as well. If you end up cooking your filling completely according to the directions on the box, you can still add the meringue topping after the filling has cooled. However, you will need a culinary/brûlèe torch. Use the torch to manually brown the meringue.
Which do you prefer, lemon or lime?