Recipe: Key Lime Bars

I have made no secret of the fact that I love citrus flavours and inparticular, limes.

I just think they are so versatile & great in everything from main meals to desserts to cocktails.

And the smell & taste instantly makes me think of the sun and holidays. Something I could do with right now. Anyone else SO over the frost & ice right now?

The base of these slices is biscuit and the top is like a lime curd. Delicious!

If you prefer lemons to lime, you can easily substitute the lime juice and zest in the recipe for lemon.

I used a little green food colouring in my curd mixture, just to make it a bit more lime-looking but this is totally optional and doesn't affect the flavour at all. If you choose to leave it out, your curd will just look much paler and yellow. No biggie!

A thick cookie crust and a lime topping make these sweet and tart Key Lime Bars a must have recipe.


Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Total time: 1 hour


For the biscuit
190g plain flour
65g icing sugar
170g softened butter

For the key lime topping
200g sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp plain flour
125ml lime juice
Zest of 2 limes
2 eggs
green food colouring (optional)
icing sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 200°c. Grease and line an 8 x 8 baking tin with greaseproof paper.

2. Mix together the flour, icing sugar and butter until its crumbly. Press into the bottom of the pan & bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden.

3. While the base is cooking, place the sugar, flour, salt, lime juice, zest & eggs into a bowl and whisk until frothy. Add a little green food colouring to brighten the colour more if you so wish.

4. As soon as the base is finished, pull it out and pour over the lime mixture on top. (You may need to give it another quick whisk before doing this.) Bake again for 20-25 minutes.

5. Remove from the oven and let cool completely. Sprinkle with icing sugar and cut into 16 bars. 

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