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Key Lime Bars-Torta De Limao

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Ok, so it’s not in torta form, but this torta de limao, or key lime bars are truly delicious. It’s a favorite that my husband had when living in Brazil from a sweet lady named, Vania. (Thank you for taking such great care of Cade!! You all meant so much to him!) These bars are light, tangy and I adore that graham cracker crust. I’m supposed to make it with meringue, but I’ve yet to try that. I’ll keep ya posted.

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So, here’s  Cade and his thoughts on the dessert. Love you B. *I know his name is Cade, and B doesn’t make sense. Don’t worry about it;) *

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“I lived in Brazil for awhile and toward the end of my stay I was introduced to this amazing, sweet and tart dessert.  At first I thought it was just a lemon meringue pie.  As I took my first bite I was taken back by the flavor and texture of it all.  It was creamy like banana pudding, but had the crisp peaks of the meringue and graham cracker-like crust.  The lime flavor combined with the sweetened condensed milk was an immediate party with my taste buds.  This is still one of my all time favorite desserts and brings back many great memories.  I think that’s what food does for us a lot.  I can not remember the names of all the people I enjoyed this dessert with but I made sure I came home with the recipe in hand and the name of this awesome treat!”

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What Is La Lechera?

La Lechera is dulce de leche.

Dulce de Leche is a traditional Argentinian dessert made by caramelizing sugar in milk.

It is traditionally made by slowly heating sweetened milk until it is thick and caramel colored.

You can find Dulce de Leche in the baking aisle of your grocery store, by the evaporated milk, or in the Mexican cuisine area of grocery stores.

What Is Media Crema?

Media crema is half-and-half or light cream that comes in a can or box.

Media crema is not the same thing as evaporated milk or sweetened condensed milk.

Can You Substitute Regular Limes for Key Lime?

You can substitute regular lime for key lime.

Key lime is a smaller lime, and is a little more sour than regular limes.

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Key Lime Bars - Torta De Limao

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 8
These bars are light, tangy and I adore that graham cracker crust.


Recipe from Vania in Brazil

  • 3 Cups Graham Crackers Crushed
  • 12 Tablespoons Butter a stick and a half, Unsalted, melted
  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • Pinch Salt

For the Bars

  • 1 1/2 cans La Lechera Leche Condensada
  • 1 can Media Crema Small
  • 4 Egg Yolks Large
  • 1 Cup Lime Juice plus 1 tablespoon, sometimes I skip that tablespoon for time saving purposes
  • 2-3 Limes zest, usually a scant 2 teaspoons worth


For the Crust

  • Mix the graham cracker crumbs, butter, sugar and salt until it resembles wet sand.
  • Press into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  • Bake at 350 for 10 min.
  • Remove from oven to cool.

For the Bars

  • Using a whisk, stir together the sweetened condensed milk, creama, egg yolks, juice and zest.
  • Continue whisking to ensure that all ingredients get mixed well and the mixture begins to thicken.
  • Pour into the cooled crust.
  • Place into the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Let cool and then place in the fridge for 3-4 hours or until set.


*if the store is ever out of media crema, I'll skip it and just use two cans of leche condensada. Shhhh don't tell Cade! Also, occasionally this mixture doesn't thicken. I have no clue why. Almost always it does, but I'm just forewarning
Store covered in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Key Lime Bars - Torta De Limao
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 359 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 143mg48%
Sodium 378mg16%
Potassium 127mg4%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 678IU14%
Vitamin C 14mg17%
Calcium 53mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

And this family especially loves to eat.

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  • and when to add cream???

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    • Sorry about this! The instructions have been fixed.

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  • Ok what is media crema? And if doing meringue, do you just add it on top and brown it like you would for a pie?

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    • It’s in the hispanic section by dulce de leche, sweetned condensed milk etc. If you can’t find it just use sweetned condensed milk again. It’s not the sam, but will have to do. And yes, you just plop the meringue on and brown like normal!

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  • Cade! the people you enjoyed this delicious pie were my mom Vania (who made it) my sister daniela, my brother Leo and I (junior). 🙂
    If you wish we could send you more recipes.

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  • haha I love this recipe! It's actually my mom's recipe! LOL! Cade (so weird to call him Cade, Elder Cheney), lol, love this pie… My mom used to make it a lot, I think the “Crema Media” that you called is table cream in the USA. it's a good pie for sure! 🙂 My mom's name is Vania BTW hahaha!

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  • “recipe from some lady in Brazil” Lol….love it!

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  • We've found that with Cheesecake if you don't use the exact amount of lemon juice, it won't setup. Maybe it is the same way with the lime juice.

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