Anything made with key limes just scream 'summer' to me! That's why it's no wonder I included these Key Lime Cheesecake Bars in my menu for our recent Latin Inspired Independence Day feast. They were absolutely perfect all around and definitely a favorite among my guests!
A good cheesecake recipe to me is one that carries the flavors well, has a silky, creamy texture and the crust holds its own without falling apart. This recipe is exactly that and the flavor of key limes is unmistakable. The crust is a traditional graham cracker crust but also includes a bit of fresh lime zest for extra zing. The cheesecake filling itself has more lime zest and I used real key lime juice (Nellie & Joe's is my preferred brand). Regular lime juice can be substituted but I much prefer the brighter, tarter flavor of key limes. This cheesecake requires baking with a water bath, which prevents it from cracking and contributes to it's creamy texture. You can bake this in a traditional springform pan, but for the party, I made these in a 13x9 pan.