Six out of twelve turned out absolutely deliciously! The seventh…not so much.

April 17, 2013

Chloe’s going a little crazy just now with two finals this week. As it is, it’s 9:30 pm and we’re round the kitchen table talking out Kant’s Categorical Imperative…like you do. I’m so glad I took my friend JoAnn’s advice and made lime square cookies today happily using up six of the twelve scrubby organic limes Kerstie left me.

I had a lovely time baking this afternoon. There’s something so satisfying about one’s fingers in the butter and flour and breaking eggs and whipping sugar into the golden emulsion. And the warmth and smell that comes out of the oven…no wonder we’re still in the kitchen.

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But the resulting cookies are so fantastic that they deserve a proper sit down with a proper cup of tea.

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So while we are still here with our dueling computers and our Rooibos Earl Gray and our beautiful Real Old Willow Booths tea cups, let me tell you something…
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…Make these! They are soooo yummy. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t like limes very much at all.

Do you want the recipe? Yes? Here it is then:

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¾ cup plus 2 tbsp of flour
6 tbs butter
1/3 cup shredded coconut
¼ cup fine sugar
Cool butter, sifted dry ingredients, (confession, I never sift, just fluff them up), crumble butter in with fingers, press into 8” square pan, bake at 350 for 20 minutes while you prepare the custard.

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4 eggs
¾ c fine sugar
1/3 c flour
1/2c lime juice
Break the eggs into a bowl and whip them with the sugar, add the flour and lime juice and maybe grate some lime zest in as well. I didn’t cause I’m a big lime chicken. Take out the partially baked crust, pour the custard on top and return to the oven for 20 more minutes.
Sprinkle 1/3 cup shredded coconut on top and bake for another 10 minutes. (Ok I sprinkled at least another ½ cup of coconut on top.)

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Let cool and cut it up and go make some tea.

Oh, almost forgot, the seventh lime…C decided to make limeade. Not a good idea apparently. :) Seven down, five more scrubby limes to go.

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From Saturday did that happen?
Tea cup Tuesday, not sure what to say.

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  • Reply Sophie April 17, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    quelle tasse magnifique !
    ce bleu est superbe!
    belle journée

    • Reply Veronica April 18, 2013 at 4:48 am

      Bonjour Sophie, thank you so much. Those cups remind me very much of my grandmother but I’m not sure why. I don’t remember her having blue and white cups at all. I hope you have a lovely day too. Bises. :)

  • Reply JoAnn Bayne April 18, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Well, since you took my advice and made lime bars – then I guess I’ll have to make some myself – now where did I put those limes? Oh right – have to go buy some. I’ve saved the recipe – it looks terrific. Lime bars are definitely in my future.

    • Reply Veronica April 18, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Lol, JoAnn, is it raining in Blaine as much as up here in Van? I’m imagining you dashing back into the house with your French market basket full of limes and tulips and a crusty baguette and somehow the dripping umbrella isn’t such a terrific part of the scenario. Ah to be in the Pacific Northwest in April. :)

  • Reply Sara v April 18, 2013 at 11:02 am

    Love lime and lemon bars–YUM! Unfortunately, I’m the only one, in my family, who does, so I’ll have to live vicariously through you. :-) Looks wonderful! So glad you were able to use up some of your scrubby limes. Just had a thought–how about a little spa day make your own scrub/exfoliate–Ha! Scrub with scrubby limes! 😉

    • Reply Veronica April 18, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      Oh Sara, that’s absolutely brilliant. Chloe’s at school just now writing the first of her grueling 3 hour finals and wouldn’t it be lovely for her to have a hot bath this evening in the deep claw-foot tub with a homemade scrub. I’m so going to mix some up right now…ok…not RIGHT now but just after I finish this little bit on this painting. :) Thank you so much.

  • Reply Raina April 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Yum, citrus is definitely my thing. Our local version of a Capers makes the best lemon squares; regrettably, I am still on a strict diet after my two month work hiatus so I can fit into my suit for Monday. I am there just need to persevere for a couple of more days lol.

    • Reply Veronica April 20, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Raina, you’re doing so well and you’re my inspiration. Oh, bought that cook book today, so am looking forward to trying out some recipes. :)

  • Reply 4aroundthetable April 20, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Hi! We live just south in Seattle .. we spend lots of time in Whistler :)

    This looks delicious and I’ll look forward to trying it. I’m going to explore your blog and I’ll look forward to following!


    • Reply Veronica April 20, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Leslie, how lovely to meet you. :) I love Seattle and spend some time there every year. It looks like you love to cook. Me too. I have a degree in CMNS but went to Cordon Bleu years ago. I’m so glad you left your addy because now I can come visit you. :)

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