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CPWM: Memorial Day BBQ - Dessert Menu

The menu for my Memorial Day barbeque is coming along quite nicely. I've decided to use recipes from a bunch of different regions to maximize flavor. It's also a good idea to have a lot of options when feeding a bigger crowd, this works especially well in case there are any picky eaters or guests with special dietary needs. To start, offer guests seafood skewers, olives, nuts, and hummus. For the main course make baby back ribs, grilled eggplant, a mozzarella sun-dried tomato pasta salad, and a refreshing fruit salad. Dessert will be the perfectly cool finish to a meal, delicious and decadent coconut lime bars. Sound tempting? Take a look at the recipe,

Coconut Lime Bars
Real Simple magazine

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons lime zest
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Combine the coconut, 3/4 cup flour, 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, 1 tablespoon cornstarch, and the butter in the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Pulse several times until a crumbly dough is formed.
  4. Press firmly into a greased 8-by-8-inch pan. Bake until just golden, about 12 minutes.
  5. Sift together the granulated sugar, the remaining 1 tablespoon of cornstarch, and the 2 tablespoons of flour.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, lime zest, lime juice, and vanilla.
  7. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture, whisking to avoid lumps.
  8. Pour the filling over the baked crust. Bake until the lime curd is set in the center, about 22 minutes.
  9. Cool completely in the refrigerator, about 2 hours.
  10. Cut into 16 bars and dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Makes 16 squares.


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crispet1 crispet1 9 years
Coconut lime bars! Those sound awesome!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Look great!
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Look great!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
:drool: Yummy!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 9 years
:drool: Yummy!
SU3 SU3 9 years
Wow, those sound great! I'm definitely going to have to try these out!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i can't wait to make these. oh man, my friends are going to hate me. i keep fattening them up!
Danni99 Danni99 9 years
I agree, they sound delicious! A perfect summer taste.
katiedid0985 katiedid0985 9 years
Those sound great, I might have to try making them this weekend!
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