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  1. For crust

  2. 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  3. 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits

  4. 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar

  5. 1/4 teaspoon salt

  6. For custard

  7. 4 large eggs

  8. 1 cup granulated sugar

  9. 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  10. 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 5 limes)

  11. 1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest (from about 2 limes)

  12. 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted and cooled

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  1. Recently, I was looking for an uncomplicated make ahead dessert that involved coconut. After searching through a bunch of recipes, I decided on these coconut lime squares. They are easier than other bars because you don't have to chill and roll out the dough, and the lime custard is not heated on the stove. It's a surprisingly simple procedure. The resulting dessert is buttery, tart, and absolutely awesome. They were a total crowd pleaser, and I ended up with only one left to photograph! These squares would be excellent at a Spring picnic. Want the recipe? Read more. Make crust: preheat oven to 325°F. and butter and flour an 8-inch square baking pan, knocking out excess flour.

  2. In a bowl blend together with fingertips flour, butter, coconut, confectioners' sugar, and salt until mixture resembles coarse meal. Pat mixture into prepared pan and bake in middle of oven 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.

  3. Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.

  4. Make custard: In a bowl whisk together eggs and granulated sugar until combined well and stir in flour, lime juice, and zest.

  5. Pour mixture over crust and bake in middle of oven 20 minutes. Top custard with coconut and bake 5 to 10 minutes more, or until just set.

  6. Cool confection in pan on a rack and chill 1 hour.


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