Lime Curd Bars with Coconut Crust

Tired of traditional lemon bars? These guys will certainly liven things up! A couple of days ago I was planning out a few treats to make for a luncheon and wanted to stick with something easy (some kind of cake or bars) and something I could make the night before. I only had one lemon left over from the blueberry-lemon bars but had a handful of limes, which meant I had to think of some way to make it all work. That’s when I realized I had bookmarked this Bon Appétit recipe. So I grabbed the limes, doubled the recipe, and made a few adjustments. They turned out perfect in every way. The lime curd was incredibly flavorful and the coconut crust added sweetness and crunch. 

Lime Curd Bars with Coconut Crust

⅓ c. light brown sugar
1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
2 c. all-purpose flour
½ cup shredded dried coconut
¹⁄₈ tsp. salt
Zest of ½ a lime

1 ¾ c. + 1 tbsp. granulated sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder
4 large eggs
¹⁄₈ tsp. salt
Zest of ½ a lime
¾ cup fresh lime juice (4-5 limes)
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
Confectioners’ sugar for dusting

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13 inch baking dish with aluminum foil, overhanging the edges by 1 inch. 
2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter and brown sugar (beat for 2-4 minutes). Add the flour, the zest of half a lime, coconut and the salt. Mix until the dough just holds together (the dough will be soft and sticky). Press into the pan and prick all over with a fork. 
3. Place pan with crust in oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until crust turns golden brown.
4. Meanwhile, in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the granulated sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and remaining lime zest and salt. Slowly beat in the eggs one at a time. Then with mixing speed on low, add lime juice. Pour into the baked crust. 
5. Bake for an additional 20-25 minutes. Check it around 20 minutes to make sure it does not overcook. Remove from oven and place pan on a wire rack to cool. After 30 minutes or so, place in refrigerator until set, 1-2 hours. Cut into bars and dust with confectioners’ sugar and leftover lime zest.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma’s Blender- Lime Curd Bars | Makes approximately 24 bars