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key lime swirl cheesecake bars

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Ingredients For key lime swirl cheesecake bars

  • crust:
  • 2 cups graham crackers
  • 8 tbsp (1 us stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • filling:
  • 2 bricks (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs plus one large egg white
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup prepared lime curd, divided (recipe below)
  • liquid green food coloring
  • liquid yellow food coloring
  • 8 tbsp (1 us. stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup plus 4 tbsp. fresh lime juice

How To Make key lime swirl cheesecake bars

  • 1
    Crust:Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line a 10x10 pan with parchment that overhangs the edges. Mix the butter and graham crackers together and press into the bottom of the pan evenly. Bake crust for 5 minutes and allow to cool completely.
  • 2
    Tint the 3/4 cup of lime curd with the liquid food coloring until lime-rind green. You will use a few drops of both green and yellow food coloring. Set lime curd aside. Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl with mixer on medium high speed until smooth. Beat in eggs on low speed, 1 at a time. Beat in sour cream and vanilla, then flour just until blended. Remove 1 cup of batter and reserve. Pour the rest of the batter over the crust. Mix 1/2 cup of tinted lime curd with the 1 cup of reserved batter. Place spoonfuls or dollops of this mixture in no particular fashion on top of the plain cheesecake batter. Dollop the remaining 1/4 cup of lime curd across the previous mixture. Use a skewer to swirl the mixtures together to create a marbleized effect. Bake for 35 minutes at 325 degrees F. Let cool completely in pan then refrigerate. Lift cheesecake out of the pan with parchment overhang. Cut into bars before serving.
  • 3
    Lime Curd Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl using an electric mixer. Slowly add the eggs and yolks one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Pour in lime juice and mix again. Expect the mixture to look curdled, this is normal. Cook the mixture over medium heat in a medium-size saucepan until it looks smooth (no longer curdled.) Increase the heat slightly and cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens. Clip a thermometer to the side of the pan and cook until the mixture reaches 170 degrees. Remove the curd from the heat. Transfer the curd to a bowl and press plastic wrap on the surface of the lime curd to keep a skin from forming. Chill the curd in the refrigerator. The curd will thicken further as it cools. Covered tightly, it will keep in the refrigerator for a week and in the freezer for 2 months.

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