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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Lime Curd Squares

Lime Curd Squares

Oh. My. Goodness. Me!  Ladies & Gentlemen, you just have to try this recipe!  It's a delight, especially if you love citrus flavours.   I came across a recipe a couple of weeks ago in the June edition of the Sainsbury's magazine that I knew I just HAD to try.  It was a recipe for a Lemon Curd Tart by Eric LanlardBeing a massive fan of the humble lemon flavour it quickly made its way onto my 'to-do' bake list.

And can I tell you, it most definitely did not disappoint! 

Lemon Curd Squares

It was amazing!  One square was rapidly followed by a second!  Forget the calories!  "You only get one sit on the swing in this life so you might as well have a push", as Mr E and my mother says! 

Lime Curd Squares

The buttery shortbread base complemented the lemon topping beautifully.  The lemon curd topping was soft and oozing in the centre and the crispy crust was almost meringue like.  A winning formula if you ask me!

I loved it so much that I decided to make it again, but this time utilising the citrus taste of limes.  And this version is good, almost as good as the original.  It's super easy to make, with little fuss and although it would keep well for a few days in an airtight tin, it most certainly didn't in our household!

Lime Curd Squares

And just before we move onto the recipe, the flowers are there for decoration only, not for consumption ;-)

This recipe was shared on:
  • Fabulous Foodie Fridays#56 hosted by Lucy over at Play Bake Smile, and Zamamabakes, and Create Bake Make
  • Try a Bite Tuesday, hosted by Amber over at Caleigh's Kitchen.
  • Food Porn Thursdays hosted by Becky over at Cuddle Fairy, Trista at Domesticated Monster and Rod at Modern Dad Pages 
Cuddle Fairy

 

So there's no time to waste, let's get to it and bake! 

Lime Curd Squares     Yum
Yield: 9
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 10 minutes hands on; plus 40-45 minutes bake time; cooling time 
Adapted from:  Lemon Curd Squares, found in the June 2015 edition of the Sainsbury's magazine. 

You will need:
1 x 20cm x 20cm square brownie tin.
For the shortbread base
133g plain flour
50g icing sugar, sieved
116g unsalted butter, chilled, diced
1 capful vanilla extract
For the top
2 large eggs
200g caster sugar
50g plain flour
3 - 4 tbsp. lime juice
zest of 1 lime

How to make them:
1.  Pre-heat the oven to 180c / Fan 160c / Gas 4.

2.  Grease and fully line the square brownie tin. The greaseproof paper projecting up the sides of the tin make the bake easier to remove.

3.  Make the shortbread base.  Place the flour & icing sugar into a good sized bowl.  Mix together with your hands.  Add the chilled, diced butter and vanilla extract.  With your finger tips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.  Bring the breadcrumbs together to make a thick dough.  Avoid over handling the mixture.

4.  Break the dough into 4 or 5 pieces and place in the lined brownie tin.  With your knuckles press the dough into the tin until it is evenly dispersed and reaches  the edges and corners.

5.  Prick the shortbread base with a fork.

6.  Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.

7.  After 14 minutes of baking, start making the lime curd topping.  Place the eggs, caster sugar, plain flour, lime juice and zest into a good sized bowl and whisk until a little frothy using a balloon whisk or electric hand held beater.

8.  Once the shortbread has baked for the 20 minutes, pour the lime filling over the top whilst it is still warm.  Return to the oven and bake for a further 20-25 minutes until lightly golden.

9.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the brownie tin on a cooling rack.  Remove from the tin after 10 minutes using the greaseproof  paper as a handle. 

10.  Once fully cool, dust with sieved icing sugar.  Slice into squares.

Enjoy!


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16 comments:

  1. Oooh, love anything citrus, and these look wonderful! #foodpornthursday

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    1. Thank you Jenn, they really are VERY yummy!
      Thanks for popping over.
      Angela x
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  2. This looks lovely, good way to use up limes and other citrus fruit :)

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    1. They certainly were lovely Nic. Certainly is a great way to use up citrus fruits. I know I'll be making it again!
      Thanks for reading.
      Angela x
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  3. Haha, I don't think I would be able to stop at one slice thats for sure! These sound great! Thanks for sharing again at Try a Bite Tuesday link party! Hope to see you next week!

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    1. Ha-ha, I think I'd have had to arm wrestle you for the last slice had we been in the same room ;-)
      Your welcome, but thank you for hosting Amber :-)
      Angela x
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  4. Yum!!! We have a lime tree so I'll definitely be trying this recipe. It sounds amazing!

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    1. Ooh, yes do try it Lucy, you won't be disappointed it you enjoy citrus / limes. Do let me know how you get on.
      Thanks for reading Lucy.
      Angela x
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  5. This looks really moreish, I can see why one isn't enough. #FFF

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    1. They really are moreish; I must admit I was somewhat greedy with them ;-)
      Thanks for reading Malinda x
      Angela
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  6. Angela I love anything citrus when it comes to baking, there's just something super delicious about combining zingy refreshing flavours with buttery cakey biscuit partners.....Yum!
    "You only get one sit on the swing in this life so you might as well have a push", love this, I'm all for eating more than one slice too, when food is this good we should be able to eat as much as we want (well almost).
    The great news for me is that I have a lime tree growing in our backyard ;)
    Thanks for joining in with our Fabulous Foodie Fun x

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    1. Totally agree Dannielle, citrus is just so yummy and some how just hits the spot when you're in need / wanting something naughty.
      ;-) it's a great phrase isn't it! I get to hear it many times; but it's true really because there's no point denying yourself of a tasty treat when you fancy something - only problem is I fancy the tasty treats far too often ;-)
      Your blogging Linkup partner Lucy also has a lime tree, sounds lovely just to be able to pop out and pick a couple of limes when the you fancy something citrus.
      Thanks for popping over to read Dannielle.
      Angela x
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  7. I don't think the entire thing would be enough ...let alone one slice. Do I have to share? Or can I just scarf it down all to myself? Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with us at #foodpornthursdays.

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    1. Ha-ha-ha! I most certainly know where your coming from, I'll keep it under my hat if you want the whole tray full ;-)
      Thanks for popping over to read.
      Angela x
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  8. I love anything citrus and I bet these have a great zingy flavour! Thanks for entering into Treat Petite.

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    1. They certainly do Kat! But it's not OTT.
      Thank you for hosting
      Angela x
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