Key Lime Cheesecake Bars
with Macadamia Nut Crust
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 cup finely chopped macadamia nuts
9 Tbsp melted unsalted butter
Mix the crumbs, nuts, and melted butter together in a small mixing bowl. Press into the bottom of a 12 ½ by 17 ½” jellyroll pan to form the crust.
Key Lime Topping
20 oz canned sweetened condensed milk
4 egg yolks
2/3 cup key lime juice
1 tsp grated lime peel
Mix all ingredients until smooth.
1 ½ lbs cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 Tbsp lime juice
2 tsp grated lime zest
¼ cup flour
½ pound mascarpone, at room temperature
3 large eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
Preheat the oven to 300°F. Place a shallow pan of water in the oven on the bottom shelf, leaving the middle shelf for the cheesecake.
Put the softened cream cheese in a mixer, and using a paddle, beat until smooth. Add the sugar and continue beating until the sugar is dissolved and the batter smooth. Be sure to scrape down the mixture well, or you will end up with lumps in the batter. Then add the lime juice, zest, mascarpone, vanilla, and flour. Blend well and again scrape the mixture down. Add the eggs, mix well. Then add the sour cream. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and place in the oven.
Bake about 15-20 minutes, until the cheesecake is set when jiggled. Remove from the oven and spread with the key lime mixture, return to the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool for 15 minutes, and then refrigerate until serving.