Actually, it turns out that most people can use a garlic press to squeeze halved Key limes. My efforts with the garlic press produced a fair amount of juice, most of which ended up squirting on my face, on the floor, in my eyes, all over my shirt and arms...you get the point. In other words, everywhere except the target vessel. I tried orienting the garlic press in every which way, but to no avail. Maybe I'm just an idiot (very possible). It works for the vast majority of people, but for me...not so much. However, I will say this: the extra labor of hand-squeezing tiny little limes made the final product all the more delicious!
Key Lime Bars (from Cook's Illustrated)
Makes 16 bars
5 oz. animal crackers
3 Tbl. packed brown sugar
pinch of salt
4 Tbl. butter, melted
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbl. lime zest
pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
½ cup fresh Key lime juice
Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a foil sling using heavy-duty foil, and fit it into an 8-inch square pan. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a food processor, pulse animal crackers until fine crumbs form. Add brown sugar and salt, then process until combined. Add melted butter to processor bowl, and pulse until crumbs are evenly moistened. Press crumbs firmly into the bottom of the foil-lined pan. Bake at 325°F for 18-20 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven to cool while preparing filling. (Leave oven on)
While crust is cooling, stir cream cheese, lime zest, salt, and egg yolk together in a medium bowl until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk, and stir well to combine. Stir in lime juice until mixture is smooth and begins to thicken.
Pour filling into crust and spread into corners if needed. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until filling is set and edges begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting.
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