Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Limes, Limes, Limes

Limes. My guess is you either like them or you don't! Over the years, I have acquired a taste for the tart fruit. I have done some experimenting with them in baking as well.
Here are 2 recipes that I have tried, both of them contain the flavor of lime:

Lime Thumbprint Cookies
(adapted from one of my many cookbooks)
These cookies are a perfect mix of sweet and tart, all put into one!

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1-2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. salt
powdered sugar


1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp. lime juice (I use bottled)
1 egg yolk
2-3 drops green food coloring

Pre-heat oven to 325*.
Line cookie sheet with no-stick foil.
Cream butter, sugar, egg and vanilla.
Add flour and salt.
Roll into 1 inch balls. Place about 1 inch apart on cookie sheet.
Using your thumb, make an indent in the center of each cookie.
Spoon 1/2 tsp. of filling into the center of each cookie.
Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Cool and sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Easy Key Lime Pie
(Also adapted from one of my many cookbooks)

3 eggs, separated
1 can, 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lime juice
2-3 drops green food coloring (option)
1 unbaked pie crust
1/2 tsp. cream of tarter
1/3 cup sugar

Pre-heat oven to 325*.
Beat egg yolks. Then, add in milk and lime juice.
Stir in food coloring and pour into crust.
Bake 30 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Turn oven temp up to 350*.
In a clean mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tarter to soft peaks.
Gradually add sugar, a little at a time.
Beat until stiff, about 4 minutes.
Spread over warm pie. Spread to the edges (prevents meringue from shrinking).
Bake 15 minutes.
Cool for about 1 hour, chill at least 3.
Store in fridge, covered.


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Kristen said...

I love limes. There is something about them that gets me out of a winter funk!

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