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Key Lime Bars with Macadamia Crust

Yield Makes 24 bars

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup chopped macadamias
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Key lime juice
  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons Key lime juice
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 2 1/2 cups whipping cream,whipped
  • Garnish: grated lime rind

How to Make It

  1. Process flour and next 4 ingredients in a food processor until finely ground. Press mixture into a greased aluminum foil-lined 13- x 9-inch pan.

  2. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

  3. Heat 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup lime juice over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, and set aside.

  4. Sprinkle gelatin over 2 tablespoons lime juice in a medium bowl; stir gelatin mixture, and let stand 3 to 5 minutes.

  5. Add hot mixture, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Whisk in sweetened condensed milk and grated lime rind.

  6. Place bowl in a larger bowl filled with ice; whisk mixture 10 minutes or until partially set.

  7. Fold in whipped cream. Pour evenly over prepared crust; cover and chill 8 hours. Cut into diamond shapes. Garnish, if desired.