Sunday, July 09, 2006

Happy Birfcake to Monica and Mango Lime Bars

Happy birfcake to you! She is such an awesome lady and I am very proud to be related to her. It has been too hot to bake, even early in the morning, the kitchen never gets cooled off. But in her honor and in honor of the island paradise she calls home, we have today a refreshing no-bake treat, cool and sweet, just like Monica!

NO-BAKE MANGO LIME BARS (adapted from Kraft)
1 1/2 cups dried Sunsweet Mangos (available at Costco and Super A)
1 cup water
12 Marias galletas OR 6 graham crackers, finely crushed
2 tablespoons butter, melted
2 packages 8 oz size cream cheese, softened
1 7 oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 teaspoon lime zest, finely grated
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

In a bowl, separate the pieces of dried mango, add water. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator until all pieces are re-hydrated and softened, about 4 hours.

Mix cracker crumbs with the melted butter and press firmly into the bottom of an 8-inch square pan. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Beat the softened cream cheese, marshmallow creme, lime zest and juice till fluffy. Drain the softened mangos, reserve liquid. Carefully cut into pieces and then fold into cream cheese mixture. Spread over crust and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Cut into 16 bars, place on plate and drizzle a teaspoon of the reserved mango liquid over the top. Keep in refrigerator tightly covered with plastic wrap. Serves 16

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