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Easter Lime Tart

Yesterday I told you what I did with an excess of lime juice while making my Easter lime tart...but you may have been wondering, what about the lime tart? Well here it is! My original plan was to make a lemon meringue pie, but when I saw that my brother's kitchen lacked everything from a hand mixer to cookie sheets to a large mixing bowl, I realized such an extravagant dessert would have to wait. I still wanted something refreshing, light and citrusy, so I decided to come up with a simple variation of a lime tart meets key lime pie. The crust had to be graham cracker based and the filling blitzed in the blender (which ended up only half working). Overall the pie came out with a delicious lime flavor and smooth creamy texture. It's a simple recipe and a good one to have in your list of desserts, especially if you end up in a poorly stocked kitchen and are in need of a sweet treat. Read the recipe and

Easter Lime Tart
Modified from Food Network

For the crust:
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs (10 crackers)
1/4 cup sugar
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
For the filling:
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
Drop of green food coloring
1 pound cream cheese, room temperature
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Grated zest of 1 lime
1 cup crema or creme fraiche
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 lime, thinly sliced, for garnish

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. For the crust, combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a bowl. Press into a 9-inch pie pan, making sure the sides and the bottom are an even thickness. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
  3. For the filling: In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the lime juice, green food coloring, cream cheese and condensed milk.
  4. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides of the work bowl often. Add the lime zest and process to mix thoroughly.
  5. Pour into the pie shell and place in the refrigerator.
  6. In a bowl, using a whisk, beat the crema and powdered sugar until soft peaks form. Using a rubber spatula, spread the mixture over the top of the pie, creating peaks evenly over the surface.
  7. Garnish with the lime slices. Cover and chill for 4 to 6 hours or overnight before serving.

PartySugar's Note: I had some free time and decided to get creative and practiced my piping with the creme fraiche topping.

Join The Conversation
kd0024 kd0024 10 years
The more tart, the better! Thanks sugar.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
:jawdrop: amazing! i've been wanting to make lime pie but just dont have the time to! this looks MUCH simpler than the other recipes i've come across tho. thanks party! :D
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Im drooling!
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
i love key lime pie. odd how this one doesn't have egg yolks in it? Nellie & Joe's is famous for their bottle Key Lime juice if you don't have any fresh on hand, a lot of bakeries use their brand. lol i'm trying not to sound like an ad but it's true, the other bottle key lime juices are crap. anyways, here's the recipe. with egg yolks you get that pale yellow color that key lime pie should have and it should have a more firm custard texture. anyways, i love how you topped it, makes it look more delicious here's one of their recipes: Abraham's Key Lime Pie 3 egg yolks (whites not required) 8 ounces of softened cream cheese 4-5 ounces Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice (more for tangier pie) 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk 1-9”graham cracker pie crust Pour condensed milk into blender. Add cream cheese gradually, in small portions and mix until smooth. Add egg yolks and blend well. Pour in Nellie & Joe’s Key West Lime Juice and continue blending until mixture is smooth. Pour the mixture into the graham cracker pie crust and bake at 350º degrees for 10 minutes. After baking, let stand for 10 minutes before refrigerating. For a zestier taste, always prepare the pie a day before you need it. Top with freshly whipped cream and garnish with fresh lime zest.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
This makes me want some graham crackers!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
I ate so many pies for easter, that im sick of them! This one looks amazing though :)
SU3 SU3 10 years
It looks AMAZING party! :) I'm drooling all over the place just looking at the picture... :DROOL: :DROOL:
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Even the crust itself looks great!
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
Looks great and mostly simple!
Tech Tech 10 years
Sometimes I can't believe you and Yum create the delicious things you do - even though I know first hand it's true. Looks delish.
calibabi calibabi 10 years
this looks delicious. my husband loves lime, so i will definitely make this for him! maybe for our anniversary in 2 weeks...yum!
Food Food 10 years
So nice and simple! I love that you took the time to practice your piping, I should follow your example and practice mine!
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