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Aug 11, 2007 09:12 PM

Fresh key limes: recipe ideas? (not including pies)

Looks like we're going to have a bumper crop of key limes this year--we've already filled a basket from under the tree in our back yard. Now. . .what to do with these wonderful key limes? A search of the boards turns up several recipes for key lime pie (my favorite dessert of all time), so I'm covered there. I'm looking instead for other ways to use fresh key limes. Please share your ideas and recipes!

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  1. Key Lime Bars, summarized from Cooks Illustrated

    5 ounces animal crackers
    3 tablespoons packed brown sugar (light or dark)
    Pinch table salt
    4 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted and cooled


    2 ounces cream cheese , room temperature
    1 tablespoon grated lime zest , minced
    Pinch table salt
    1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
    1 egg yolk
    1/2 cup fresh lime juice , either Key lime or regular

    Garnish (optional)

    3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut , toasted until
    golden and crisp

    350° oven
    Line 8x8 inch baking pan with foil and spray w/ non-stick.
    Pulse animal crackers in a food processor add sugar and salt and pulse. Add butter and pulse until combined. Press crumbs firmly into bottom of baking pan. Bake until golden, 18-20 minutes, then cool. Stir together cream cheese, lime zest, and salt in a bowl. Add sweetened condensed milk and whisk until incorporated and lumps are gone. Whisk in egg yolk then the lime juice.
    Poor into crust and bake 15-20 minutes or until set and edges start to pull away slightly from the sides of the pan. Cool 1-1 ½ hours then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with toasted coconut.

    1 Reply
    1. re: bananie

      Could you do a graham cracker crust instead of an animal cracker one?

    2. Chicken marinade: key lime juice, tomato water, and your favorite pepper blend.
      Drink: 2 parts key lime juice, 2 parts dark rum, 1 part agave nectar, crushed mint, top with crushed ice.

      1. Below is the recipe I use for key lime bundt cake - it's delicious:

        1. Lime juice and soy sauce together make a marvelous marinade for chicken...Epicurious has a delightful Southwestern Lime Chicken with Ancho Chili Sauce recipe that you might try; the chicken comes out so flavorful!

          1. Key Lime ice cream... put it in a graham crackr crust with a layer of dark chocolate for an amazing ice cream pie.