When I hear the word luau, I immediately think of a creamy, cool coconut dessert. This recipe is just that; it combines two favorite pie flavors — key lime and coconut — into one fabulous finger-friendly dessert.
Key lime-coconut bars are ideal for a Saturday night bash. They must be made in advance, are bite-sized and easy to eat, and with their dusting of confectioners sugar and lime zest, look pretty delightful!
Sound scrumptious? Get the recipe.
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for dusting tops
6 large egg yolks
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut in small pieces
2 cans (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
4 teaspoons grated key lime or regular lime zest, plus more for garnish (optional)
1 cup key lime or regular lime juice
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread coconut on a rimmed baking sheet, and toast until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes, tossing every 2 minutes to ensure even browning. Remove from oven; transfer to a plate to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and sugar, and add half the toasted coconut. Using two knives or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour-coconut mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Pat mixture into a 9-by-13-inch pan, and bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Allow to cool slightly.
- Meanwhile, beat together egg yolks and condensed milk with a whisk until thick.
- Gradually beat in lime zest and juice
- Pour into cooled crust, sprinkle with remaining toasted coconut, and bake until just hot, 6 to 8 minutes.
- Cool completely, then chill until ready to serve. Cut into six 2 1/3-inch rows; cut rows on a diagonal to form diamonds. Before serving, sprinkle with confectioners' sugar, and garnish with lime zest, if desired.
- Desserts, Pies/Tarts
- North American