Lime Tart

lime tart

Garnish the plate with lime because the tart is very pale in color.

A Lime Tart is an often requested dessert at our place in Mexico, and having our own lime tree, is no problem. They take almost no time to make and of course if you don’t have limes, lemons work just as well.

For the Pastry

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons) unsalted

2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1 extra large egg

1 teaspoon Mexican vanilla Extract

For the Filling

6 extra large eggs, beaten

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 stick butter (8 tablespoons) unsalted

grated zest and juice of 4 limes

Method:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F

Sift the flour into a bowl, add the butter and work with your fingertips until the mixture

Harvesting limes

My wife getting some limes for the lime tart

looks like fine breadcrumbs. Next add the 2 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar. Add the egg, vanilla extract and a scant tablespoon of cold water, then work the mixture into a dough.

Roll the pastry out on a floured surface and use it to line a 9-inch tart pan. Line the dough with waxed paper and fill with dried beans. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. let cool. remove the beans and the wax paper.

To make the Lime tart filling, put the eggs, sugar and butter into a pan and stir over low heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add the lime zest and juice and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the lime curd has thickened slightly.

Pour the lime tart mixture into the pastry shell. Return it to the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until just set. remove from the oven and transfer the lime tart to a wire rack to cool.

Before serving, you can dust the tart with confectioners’ sugar and garnish with a slice of lime, maybe a little whipped cream if you prefer. Please note, even though it tastes tart it still has a bunch of calories, so one piece per day might be a goal you want to set for yourself.  I always set such a goal. I never make it but I do set it before I take my first bite.

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8 Responses to Lime Tart

  1. Cher
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    My other half would love that :)

    • Chef William says:

      It is a strange world we live in isn’t it. Every morning I make my raw green smoothie
      and my wife makes a chemical smoothie with a couple of pieces of fruit added.
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      • Cher
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        It sure is, I love my green drinks and don’t understand why others don’t, I sometimes forget how long I have been drinking them and guess it is an acquired taste, but have given up making them for the other half – he really doesn’t like them at all – I have to remember this though in regard for others!
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  2. Amy
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    I can’t imagine how lovely it would be to pick your own citrus out of the backyard trees! Maybe we are craving vitamin C all around . . . just yesterday my daughter and I were talking about lemon bars (we make them every year around Christmas) while in the car, and we were both drooling so much we nearly ran off the road. This pie would serve to take care of that craving, I’m sure! It sounds delicious!
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  3. Other than the song- the lime and the coconut- I’ve never been a fan of lime desserts (don’t even get me started on key lime pie…)
    But, I’ve gotten an idea about a different kind of tart (don’t let your mind go there) from this recipe. Thank you, Chef William!
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  4. Sounds delicious! I love lime…anything! And I’m a pie baker. Thanks for sharing!!!
    Debi – The Romantic Vineyard recently posted..I Will Be Your WitnessMy Profile

    • Chef William says:

      It you love to bake and you love limes, you will really enjoy this,
      if you want to fancy it up a bit, put candied lime slices around the
      inside top edge so that everyone will get a slice of lime with the tart.
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  5. Toni Nelson
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    Key Lime Pie is very popular here so I’ll have to try this Key Lime Tart!

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