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Coconut Lime Bars

Recipe from http://gastronomyblog.com/2009/03/13/coconut-lime-squares/

* 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
* 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted and cooled
* 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
* 1/4 teaspoon salt

For custard

* 4 large eggs
* 1 cup granulated sugar
* 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 5 limes)
* 1 tablespoon freshly grated lime zest (from about 2 limes)
* 1/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted and cooled

Make crust
Preheat oven to 325°F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square baking pan (knocking out excess flour) or line with an aluminum foil “sling” and coat with non-stick spray.

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.

Reduce oven temperature to 300°F.

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

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

Makes 16 two-inch squares.

King Cake!!!

I made this during the start of Mardi Gras. It took a long time to rise (which is why I am scared to bake with yeast) but I was very pleased with the results. It tasted like a fluffy cinnamon roll. Too bad king cake season is over!

Source: wwl-tv.com

1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all purpose shortening
2 large eggs
1 cup liquid milk (at room temperature)
2 packs active dry yeast
1 teaspoon flavor (lemon, orange, vanilla or butter)
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 small plastic baby, optional

Cream sugar, salt and shortening well. Add eggs and continue creaming. Dissolve and add milk, yeast and flavor. Add flour and mix until smooth.

Knead by hand until dough is smooth and pliable. Dough temperature out of the mixer at 80 degrees F. Allow dough to rest for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

Roll out in an oblong piece. Paint with vegetable oil. Add heavy cinnamon sugar; fold to hold sugar in. Cut into three strips; plait (braid). Let rest until it can be stretched easily and made into a circle. DOUBLE IN SIZE.

Mix colored sugar (purple, gold and green) using granulated sugar and paste color. Put on cake just before it goes into oven. Bake at 370 degrees F for approximately 12 to 15 minutes.