It’s summer all year round with these fresh and easy Lime Bars!
I recently moved to this cute area of Southern California that people around here call “the hill”. Obviously they call it the hill because, well, it’s up on a hill. 😉 Up and away a bit from Los Angeles. But being up on a hill doesn’t mean it’s in a rural area. It’s still near the ocean and is a lively, family-friendly area that we are loving.
However, sleeping at night has been…interesting.
I’ll be about nodded off to sleep at night when all of the sudden I’ll hear a weird animal noise. One night I woke up and I swear, it sounded like a whole litter of kittens were meowing somewhere outside. Two owls live somewhere nearby, too.
But the craziest noise is this strange bird cawing. (Is cawing a word??) Anyway, I first started hearing it at night every once in awhile. Now I hear it all. the. time.
Finally I said something to my oldest son about it. I wanted to know if it was just me or if he was hearing it too. He said he had definitely been hearing the same bird noises. So of course, we googled it.
Googling bird noises is fun. You go on youtube and there are a bajillion videos of weird people that record weird bird noises. (I guess people have other hobbies besides cooking, right?) So we listened to a million different bird calls and finally hit the jackpot.
Guess what it was? A PEACOCK!!! Yes! Can you believe that? Apparently our area up here on the hill is well known for having a peacock issue. Go search peacock calls on youtube and you’ll see what I’m hearing day and night!
Also, as I was driving my son home from his baseball game tonight – I totally saw a peacock. In a residential neighborhood!! Just hanging out, walking across that street. Of course I snapped a picture of it. How cool is that?! Down by the fancy houses near the beach, there are quite a few apparently.
Okay, so that’s my bird story. Let’s talk about lime bars now! Are you a lime fan? Citrus fan? These are the best bars! I am a crust lover and this crust is so good. The lime layer is divine. It’s light and fluffy, almost like a meringue but full of lime flavor.
If you like lemon bars, you will love these lime bars! And how cute is the green color? Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day coming up soon.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 4 Tbsp. vanilla yogurt
- 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 4 eggs
- ⅔ cup fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 3-4 drops green food coloring
- zest of 1 lime
- powdered sugar, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, powdered sugar, butter and yogurt. Mix until mixture is crumbly. Press onto bottom of ungreased 9x13" pan. Bake for 20 minutes in preheated oven. Pull out of oven and set aside to cool.
- In a large mixing bowl with beater, beat sweetened condensed milk and eggs until fluffy. Add in lime juice, flour, baking powder, salt and food coloring just until combined. Lightly add in lime zest and pour over crust.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until filling is set and crust is golden brown. Cool in pan and then refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Cut into bars, sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve. Enjoy!