Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Flavour of Lime

I personally love the flavour of lime, it is so refreshing and versatile as it's great to use as a souring agent or a flavour enhancer. One of the best things about limes is that they are a great source of vitamin C which is actually very needed when you have to deal with the type of cold you can find in places like Canada. Lime for sure will help you stay healthy during the winter! It is a very common ingredient used in authentic Mexican food which is probably one of the reasons I adore it! Ohhh Delicious Lime... The floral aroma of it's zest can fill the room with freshness.

One of my favourite ways to use lime in the kitchen is in desserts. I have to say that even though I have quite a sweet tooth, sometimes you are just in the mood for something refreshing and not too sweet. Let me suggest Lime Tart! Yes, LIME, not Lemon tart....

Lime Tart


375g ready-prepared pastry

Lime Filling:

1 cup of superfine sugar

4 eggs

1 cup of cream

1 cup of fresh lime juice


Preheat the oven to 350F. Roll out the pastry and fit it into a 25 cm tart tin. Make some holes in the pastry with the help of a fork, then place a non stick baking paper on top of the pastry and then fill with rice and bake for 10 mins. Remove the rice and paper and bake for 10 mins more. This process is called blind baking and will keep the tart shell crisp when filled with a wet filling.

For the Filling:
Place the sugar, eggs, cream and lime juice in a bowl and mix to combine. Pour the mixture into the tart shell through a strainer and bake for 25 mins or until the mixture is just set. Refrigerate the tart until firm.

Serve with ice cream!

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