Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Key Lime Cheesecake Bars

My sister sent me a jar of Key Lime Curd and I've been anxious to use it. I love the tangy tart flavor the Key Limes offer, desserts made with them are always so refreshing on a hot day. We have a Key Lime tree in our backyard but it's too young to bear fruit, I can't wait until we are able to start plucking them off the tree! If you'd like to make your own curd you can find the recipe here.

Ingredients for Crust
2 2/3 c Nilla Wafer Cookies
1 TBSP sugar
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
5 TBSP butter, melted and cooled
1 egg white, lightly beaten

Ingredients for crust

Preheat oven to 350. In food processor crush Nilla wafers until crumbs. Add sugar, vanilla and melted butter, pulse until combined. Pour into a 9 inch square pan and press into bottom and sides. Press crumbs tightly so that the bottom layer is even. USe a pastry brush to gently brush the beaten egg white over the surface, you won't use entire egg white. Bake 12-15 minutes, until crust begins to turn golden brown around edges. Cool completely before next step.

Ingredients for Cheesecake 
1/4 c Sugar
1/4 c Milk
2 large Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 TBSP flour
1/3 c Key Lime Curd
Ingredients for Cheesecake

Preheat oven to 350. In a large bowl or a stand mixer bowl combine cream cheese and sugar until well combined. Beat in milk, eggs and vanilla until very smooth. Whisk in flour and mix thoroughly. Pour onto crust, add dollops of Key Lime curd and swirl in gently using a butter knife. Bake for 22-26 minutes, until cheesecake is set and jiggles only slightly at the center. Cool completely before slicing. Serve chilled.
Spreading egg white over top of crust, then bake
Cheesecake mixture, whisk in flour
Ready for cheesecake to go on top of  baked crust
Dollops of Key Lime Curd
Swirled in with a knife

Source: Baking Bites

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