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Key Lime Tartlets~

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My hubby, Bill, does not like limes. He loves lemonade, lemon bars, lemon meringue pie…but I can’t convince him that lime desserts are just as incredible. So when I volunteered to bring dinner to a neighbor recovering from surgery, I remembered how I had eaten a splendid key lime pie at one of her dinner parties. I could use my little square tart molds and make individual tartlets for dessert. And there would certainly be at least one leftover for some personal indulgence…


These were indeed delectable and elegant little nibbles…but a lot of work. Pressing graham cracker crumbs evenly into many tart molds was no simple task. Much as I love individual desserts, my next key lime pie will be in a 9 inch pie plate!  I used Key limes but standard limes an be substituted.


Key Lime Tartets…adapted from my friend, Lisa, at Parsley, Sage, Desserts and Line Drives

Crust:
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
3 tablespoons sugar


Filling:
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup fresh lime juice (Key limes preferred)
1 teaspoon Key lime zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs


Preheat oven to 325º. Mix together melted butter, graham cracker crumbs and sugar till well combined.  Pat crumbs on bottoms and sides of openings in a Lift and Serve Tart Squares Pan. Remaining crumbs can be pressed into 2 4-inch tart pans. Alternatively, press all crumbs into a 9 inch pie plate.


Chill for about 10 minutes then bake for 10-15 minutes till just golden. Cool.


Mix filling ingredients and pour into tart pan openings.  Raise oven temperature to 350º. Bake for about 12-15 minutes for tarts and 15-20 minutes for pie or till just barely set. Cool to room temperature, then chill before serving.


Serve with sweetened whip cream and  garnish with Key lime slices.

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One comment on “Key Lime Tartlets~”

  1. Hi there, how are you? Your little key lime pastries look just yummy. My cousin Anita Pelaez lives up in North Carolina. Her and her husband Kutchie have the a Kutchie and the Anita Pelaez’s key lime pie factory in Asheville near the Biltmore Estate. I thought, if it would be alright with you that I could mail her your recipe for your key lime tartets? They look so yummy to me. I don’t know if Anita has even heard of them before. Her and Kutch have been baking key lime pies and selling them all over the place for like years and years. I can’t even remember when they weren’t baking those pies. Their key lime pies are just wonderful, I am not saying that just because we are cousins, they really are that good.
    I look for them to Fed-X me and my hubby a few right before Christmas, they usually do every year.

    Thank you so very much for giving me the idea and I’m sure Anita will be glad too.

    Jennie

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