Friday, June 11, 2010

On The Move Again

Life has its bittersweet moments, eh folks? *dramatic sigh*

Wow. That was a bit of a downer sentiment. Not the ideal way I like to start my blog posts. Ok, let's try again ...

Life sure knows how to keep me on my toes! I've never been more exhausted from having so much summer fun! (that's better; a little fake, but I'll make it work)

Before you think I've gone off the deep end, let me explain dear readers. See, I'm moving. Again. Yup, just one year in our little Connecticut town, and it's time to pack up and move - to Michigan, this time! So the last couple of weeks have been all about meeting up with local friends and family for one last time before the big move. All this socializing has been wonderful - certainly the most action I've had in a while (DH is going to take that the wrong way). But I'm no celebrity, used to partying it up till the wee hours of the morning. I'm a new Mama, who is barely functioning on minimal sleep. So while it's been wonderful and fun, and I've thoroughly enjoyed getting dressed up and mingling with like-minded adults, I'm now officially knackered!

So please be patient with me, dear readers. I know I have a lot of catching up to do with your blogs - and I intend to do them justice when I do get to them - but please allow me to be a little more scatter-brained than usual for the next few weeks. The movers will be coming sooner than I'd like, and I haven't done a thing!

But let's stick with what I can do. I most certainly can tell you how much I loved working with key limes for the first time. And how adorable I think Pat and Gina Neely are on the Food Network. I got a big bag of these tart-sweet little darlings from my grocery store, and used them two different ways. Here's the recipe that was super easy to make, and perfect for bake sales and potlucks.

Key Lime Bars (recipe adapted from Pat and Gina Neely)
12-16 bars

Click here for printable recipe

For cookie crust:
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt

For lime filling:
2 large eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
3 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/4 cup fresh key lime juice
1 tsp grated key lime zest
Confectioners' sugar for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray bottom and sides of an 8" x 8" pan with non-stick spray.

2. For the crust: combine soft butter and sugar in an electric mixer till light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt, then mix another minute till well-combined. Transfer dough to the prepared pan, and pat out to an even thickness all over the bottom of the pan. Bake the crust for 15-20 mins till lightly golden. Remove from oven and cool on baking rack.

3. For the topping: whisk together the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the flour and whisk until combined. Then whisk in the lime juice and zest.

4. Pour the lime topping over the cooled crust, then bake for an additional 20-25 mins, until the filling is set.
5. Allow bars to cool completely. Then cut into squares and dust generously with confectioners' sugar. Luxuriate in the fresh lime fragrance wafting through your house.

Verdict: I've always been curious about key limes. Turns out there isn't a huge taste difference between them and regular limes, at least to my novice palette. Yes, they are a wee bit sweeter, and a whole lot smaller - which just makes them that much harder to zest and juice! But I'm glad I gave in to my once-in-a-blue-moon citrus craving. Crisp on the top and bottom, and oozing in the center, these key lime bars were fresh, tart and puck(er)ing good! (oh har dee har har). I was a good girl this time, and gave most of them away to DH's colleagues, who thought they were "sublime" - their words, I swear!


Yasmeen said...

Love the limy flavor in the bars.
Good luck with your move,its definitely not easy with a baby.

Unknown said...

Wow Muneeba, the key lime bars look great, simply mouth watering. Good luck with your move, I know how can be a stressful time and also the sadness of leaving everyone you know and came to know in short period back.

Sushma Mallya said...

Beautiful lime bars,...

Unknown said...

Sorry to hear that you are having to move. Personally, I find moving very difficult and stressfull, so I really feel for you. I do hope that you will find lots of happiness in Michigan. Maybe these lime bars will help, no?

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

the lime bars looks luscious and divine...
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Joanne said...

I was SO hoping you were going to say that you're moving to NYC! Oh well. At least if I go to Michigan ever, I'll have someone to visit with!

Good luck with everything chica!

These key lime bites of heaven look. Well. Fantastic.

Pooja said...

Wow that looks delicious! I'm a huge fan of lime pie!

Jennifer said...

Ohhh those look yummy. I dont believe I have had a key lime ever, thanks for investigating. Moving - yuck, I am sorry :(

Hari Chandana P said...

lime bars looks soo tempting and delicious.. thanks for the recipe.. :)

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

Good luck with the move, dear Muneeba!!

These treats that you have made surely makes me smile,...!!!

I want to try these but made with gluten free flours!


Future Grown-Up said...

I love love love lemon bars so I'm looking forward to trying it with a lime twist.

Good luck with your new move-give me a wave in the direction of Illinois when you get there so I know you've arrived :)

Kerstin said...

I can't believe you're moving again! Good luck getting everything ready. Your bars are making me drool - they look fabulous!

Roumopod said...

Love your recipes and marking the favorite ones. Someday I will have time to try them all.
In the meanwhile, bestest of luck with the moving.
You rock girl,
Stay happy hamesha.

An old old old visitor from the maiden days of the blog...:)

jp said...

these look soooooo yummy!
good luck with that move! :)

nandini said...

Lemon bars look terrific!!.

Hey good luck with ur moving.