Refreshing Lime Bars

Citrus fruits make refreshing additions to summer entertaining. These bars that taste similar to Lemon Bars have the refreshing flavor with less sugar. They are sure to be a treat with iced tea or lemonade in the weeks ahead. Enjoy! 


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 cup sugar 
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs
1 tablespoon grated lime peel 
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
Powdered sugar 

1. Preheat microwave-convection oven to 350 degrees. 

2. Combine flour and powdered sugar for Crust in bowl. Cut butter into thin slices. Cut into flour mixture with pastry cutter or fork until crumbly. Press mixture evenly into 8-inch square silicone baking pan.  

3. CONV-ONLY BAKE at 350 degrees on low rack for 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned. 

4. Meanwhile, combine sugar, flour, baking powder, eggs, peel and juice. Whisk until smooth. Pour over baked crust.

5. COMBO-BAKE on low rack with 10% microwave power at 350 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until center is set. Cool; cut into bars. Sprinkle with powdered sugar just before serving. 

About 20 Bars 

TIPS  >Two limes usually yield about 1/3 cup juice.

>Be sure to grease pan when not using silicone. 

>Prepare ahead, but wait to sprinkle with powdered sugar until just before serving.. 


From my Kitchen..

—I recently prepared a double recipe of the Crustless Quiche recipe in the 9inch square pan. Even with the turntable turned off, it cooked nicely on the Low-Mix combination, rotating the dish once. The Egg Bake, cut nicely with the narrow silicone spatula and removed from the dish easily with the wide spatula. A 13x9-inch pan of caramel rolls were prepared in the deep 10.5-inch silicone pan and it baked perfectly on the convection setting. Most things that cook in a 13x9-inch pan can be cooked in the deep round silicone pan and then it turns freely in the ovens with turntables.

—At a recent class, several participants were getting together one evening for dinner and they were each making something from one of the microwave-convection cook books that they had just purchased. I was not there long enough to hear about their results, but thought what a good way to learn together and share cooking experiences.Soups and casseroles are great for winter dining. Make extras and freeze in meal-sized quantities for enjoying at another meal. 


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