Thursday, May 15, 2014

Strawberry Lemon Lime Bars


Spring and summer are perfect times for lemon and lime flavors. I especially love them in spring, when we can finally lighten up a little... so I was thrilled to find out that this month's Improv Challenge was lemon and lime! These bars kick it up a notch with strawberries too - and a delightful shortbread crust that's studded with oats. The (finally!) warmer weather is a perfect time to enjoy a refreshing treat like this!

Start by placing the flour, oats,


powdered sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the chilled butter


and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the yogurt


and pulse until combined.

Place the crust into a foil-lined 9x13 pan and firmly press into the bottom, making as level as possible.


Bake the shortbread crust for about 25 minutes, until light brown on the edges and firm to the touch.

Place the sliced strawberries in a small bowl and sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon sugar.


Remove the crust from the oven and scatter the strawberries evenly over the top.


In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar,


flour, lemon and lime zests


and lemon and lime juices.


Pour the lemon lime mixture over the strawberries.


Lower the oven temperature to 325F and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the top of the bars is firm. Remove from the oven to a metal rack;


cool before cutting into squares and sifting powdered sugar over the top before serving.


One year ago: Blackberry Rhubarb Bread
Two years ago: Strawberry Oat Muffins
Three years ago: Gingered Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
Four years ago: Sweet Potato "Fries"
Five years ago: Apple Slaw

Get more great stuff at Full Plate, Showcase Your Talent, Foodie Friday, Foodie Friday #2, Friday Frenzy.

Strawberry Lemon Lime Bars

Crust:
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into bits

Filling:
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1 Tbsp. sugar
4 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
Zest of small lemon
Zest of lime
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
powdered sugar for sifting over the bars

Place the flour, oats, powdered sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the chilled butter and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the yogurt and pulse until combined.

Place the crust into a foil-lined 9x13 pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Firmly press into the bottom, making as level as possible. Bake the shortbread crust at 350 for about 25 minutes, until light brown on the edges and firm to the touch.

Place the sliced strawberries in a small bowl and sprinkle with the 1 tablespoon sugar. Remove the crust from the oven and scatter the strawberries evenly over the top.

In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, sugar, flour, lemon and lime zests and lemon and lime juices. Pour the lemon lime mixture over the strawberries.

Lower the oven temperature to 325F and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the top of the bars is firm. Remove from the oven to a metal rack; cool before cutting into squares and sifting powdered sugar over the top before serving.

Recipe Source
: Adapted from Patty's Food





8 comments:

  1. These look tasty! Nice choice.

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  2. Beautiful! I love that you used yogurt in the crust.

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  3. I love the idea of strawberries with citrus...sounds fantastic!

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  4. These look great! I think lemon/lime/strawberry is a combo that people don't immediately think of, but it totally works. My daughter loaded up her slice of my LL Pound Cake (my contribution this month) with fresh strawberries and it was so good! I bet she would love these, and they are way easier to pack for lunch.

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  5. What a beautiful combination for this month's Improv! Those bars would not last 5 minutes in my house!

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  6. These bars are beautiful! The perfect essence of summer. Great choice!

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  7. Hi Sara,
    I love your Strawberry Lemon Lime Bars, these will have awesome flavor! Thanks so much for sharing this great recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  8. What a perfect dessert for strawberry season... thanks so much for bringing it to foodie friday.

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