Monday, September 5, 2011

Tequila Bars (Guy Fiere)

Here’s what you need:
1 12 ounce box Nilla wafers (I used reduced-fat)
½ C pine nuts
½ C butter (original recipe calls for 1 ½ C, but ½ is plenty!)
1/3 C tequila 
½ C fresh lime juice (I think some lime zest would be appropriate here also)
5 egg yolks plus 2 egg whites
1 14 ounce sweetened condensed milk
1 T sugar

Here’s what you do:

Pulse the wafers and nuts in a processor. Add the melted butter. Remove ½ cup of crumbs to use as the topping and set it aside. Press the remaining crumbs in a 9 x 13 pan and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. (Lots of people on the foodnetwork site commented that they wished they had sprayed the pan before baking, but mine did not stick one bit.)

In the meantime, make the lime filling. Whisk together the lime juice, tequila, egg yolks and sweetened condensed milk.

In another bowl, beat the egg whites with the sugar using a beater. Keep going until you have soft peaks.

Fold the egg whites into the lime mixture. Spread the lime topping over the crust and bake for another 20 minutes. Sprinkle the reserved crumbs on top of the bars. CHILL before serving at least 2 hours or overnight…… hard to wait!