Sunday, March 12, 2017

Super Lime Bars #SundaySupper

It's almost St. Patrick's day, and whether you're Irish or not, green is the colour of the week. Luckily for us foodies (especially us veggie-lovers), the colour green is quite plentiful in the edible world - any trip to your standard grocery store's produce section will provide you with every shade under the sun. I adore almost every green thing on offer - but when it comes to desserts, there are really only three green-tinged items I use: granny smith apples, pears and limes.

Super Lime Bars

Being a family of citrus lovers, for this green #SundaySupper there was clearly only one option.With limes of all sorts in season right now, their tangy, bright flavour is too good to pass up! While the zest is critical for flavour and colour (at least for the glaze), the juice also plays a critical role in keeping the sweetness factor down. I actually used a blend of limes in this - key limes in the glaze and Persian (aka "regular") limes in the cake, and the medley had a flavour all its own. To really make these healthier bars stand out on the dessert tray, I used Kamut flour for a rich, almost buttery flavour and colour, and added a touch of Greek yogurt for extra moisture. As a nod to my mom (it's her birthday today!) a dose of custard powder added a "key lime pie" flavour and a pillowy softness I've yet to find in any other cake.

Forget St. Patty - I'm eating this by myself!

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Super Lime Bars
Makes one 9" pan, 12 pieces
2 tbsp shortening
2 tbsp coconut oil
¼ cup vanilla custard powder
Zest of 4 limes
¼ cup sugar
1 tbsp egg replacer powder, prepared (I used my Homemade Egg Replacer)
1 cup Kamut (or whole wheat pastry) flour
1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
½ tsp baking soda
pinch salt

Glaze:
½ cup icing sugar
Zest of 3 key limes (or 1 regular lime)
2 tbsp key lime (or regular lime) juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Prepare an 8” or 9” cake pan by lining it with parchment paper, letting the parchment paper hang out the edges (for handles.)
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine shortening, coconut oil, custard powder, zest, sugar and egg replacer, beating well.
  4. Add half the flour, followed by all the yogurt, beating until incorporated.
  5. Stir in remaining flour, baking soda and salt.
  6. Bake for 22-28 minutes, until tests done.
  7. Let bars cool in pan for 10 minutes, then cut (in the pan) and set aside.
Glaze:
  1. Combine the icing sugar, zest and juice. Microwave on HI for 30 seconds.
  2. Pour over bars and let dry. 
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 138.1
Total Fat: 4.4 g
Cholesterol: 0.3 mg
Sodium: 6.2 mg
Total Carbs: 19.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.4 g
Protein: 1.6 g