In keeping with the summer theme, these Strawberry Limeade Tarts are perfect and so refreshing! Plus, they’re just so pretty! It starts with a tart shell, filled with tangy lime curd and topped with fresh, sweet strawberries. I’ve made these with numerous variations–mini vs. large, regular limes vs. key limes and pie crust vs. tart dough.
When it comes to size I usually make one large 12-inch tart, but this time I did six 4-inch mini tarts. It’s whatever you fancy. The type of limes is completely based on your preference and taste as well. Key limes have a more distinct flavor, but they can be a pain to juice since they’re so small. I decided buying store bought pie crust is easiest, but you may also buy pre-made tart shells if you can find them, or make your favorite from-scratch tart crust. If you decide to use a pie crust as the base, do not fill it until just before serving or the crust will become soggy. The filling can be made 5-7 days in advance.
Strawberry Limeade Tarts
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 4 large eggs, well beaten
- Zest of 1 lime
- Pinch of salt
- ½ pound fresh strawberries, sliced
- 1 double crust pie dough
Cut out rounds of pie crust to fit six 4-inch tart pans. Press into pan, prick all over with a fork and blind bake according to package instructions. Let cool.
For the filling, melt butter in a heat proof bowl set over simmering water. Add sugar, lime juice, lime zest, eggs and salt. Whisk until curd just begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Stir continuously until curd thickly coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes more. Remove curd from heat and pour through a fine mesh strainer. Let curd cool down, then cover and refrigerate until completely chilled.
To assemble, divide lime curd among tart shells, top with sliced strawberries and serve.
Yield: six 4-inch tarts
Pictured below: A large Strawberry Limeade Tart I made 3 years ago. I went strawberry picking and the strawberries were so cute and petite that I left them whole!
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