A light, creamy and refreshing lime filling topped with fluffy coconut cream! Easily dairy free. Perfect for Spring or Cinco de Mayo!
Sometimes I think about writing the recipe out as it was actually made in my own kitchen, including all of the mishaps, messes and redos. By the time the recipe makes it here, it’s been through a lot! And so has my sanity…
Today was no exception.
I love involving my almost-3-year-old (just another month or so and I can drop the almost!) in the kitchen. But there are days… I almost can’t handle it.
She is usually pretty good about listening and we have some pretty basic rules when it comes to her helping me.
She’s not to touch any cutting boards or anything on them, unless I ask her too.
She doesn’t touch knives.
She’s never to put a chair or stool in front of the stove to stand on.
She’s not to put anything in her mouth without asking.
She’s pretty good about most of these things, except maybe that last one. She’s a food addict like myself, and it’s not always easy!
As we were making the lime curd today and I was painstakingly juicing the limes into a measuring cup, she was whisking the eggs and sugar together. I always tell her, “keep the whisk in the bowl”, but all of a sudden there was liquid egg all over the counter and in my hurry to clean it up I knocked over my cup and lost about half of my lime juice.
And so I think I’ll stick to “what you should do in your own kitchen while making the recipe” instead of “what actually happens in my own kitchen while making the recipe”.
I would love to hear some of your stories about cooking with your kids! You know, so I know I’m not the only one. 😉
I love citrus, and I love coconut.
I was testing out a gluten-free coconut and almond based tart shell to make these in, but it was a total fail and so I used some bought tart shells I had stashed in the freezer for months.
Don’t judge me. One can only handle so many disasters on a single Monday!
I was searching for a great lime curd recipe as a base for my filling, and I decided to try out this lime curd recipe from Dorothy at Crazy for Crust – I just love how simple and quick it is! I folded in some whipped coconut cream for some extra creaminess, and I added a drop of green food coloring (I know, don’t judge me. It’s still Monday) only because I wanted them to look like lime tarts. This is totally, completely optional.
Finish with some whipped coconut cream or even regular whipped cream, some toasted coconut and lime zest, and you’re good to go! An awesome Spring treat 🙂
These Coconut Lime Tarts would be so perfect for Cinco de Mayo, or a Spring party, baby shower or birthday!
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Coconut Lime Tarts
- 12 premade tart shells baked according to directions and cooled
Lime curd cream filling:
- 3 large eggs
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice or sub bottled
- Zest of 1 or 2 limes I used 1.5 tbsp lime zest
- 4 tbsp unsalted butter cubed
- 3/4 cup whipped coconut cream**
- 1/4 cup toasted coconut
- Grated lime zest
- 1 1/2 cup whipped coconut cream**
- Make the lime curd cream filling: In a small pot, whisk together the eggs, sugar, juice and zest until smooth. Place over medium heat* and cook, stirring continuously, until thickened (4-5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in the butter until melted. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
- When the curd has cooled to room temperature, stir in whipped coconut cream slowly.
- Spoon warm filling into the cooled tart shells and place in the fridge to set completely.
- Divide remaining coconut cream between tarts and garnish with toasted coconut and lime zest. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
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I will give these a try. Did you use food color in your curd? I’ve made many key lime pie is and never had a green one.
The Recipe Rebel says
Hi Sher! No there is no food coloring in the curd. Hope you enjoy it!
Lenka Bambasová says
Iwould want to try bake this tartalet ❣️
Made these for a Premier Jewelry party and everyone raved about how professional they looked and tasted!
Ashley Fehr says
very good the recipe is great
Ashley Fehr says
Dorothy Dunton says
Hi Ashley! I love lime (and lemon) curd! I make coconut macaroon thumbprint cookies with a dollop of curd in the middle. There’s an old saying – Don’t judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. I would add “carrying one child and with the other child wrapped around their leg”! My children are grown, but I have lots of memories with them “helping”!
Hahaha, yes, it’s always an adventure! But I think it’s important for her to “help” so I keep her around 🙂
Key lime is my favorite, and these tarts are the most adorable things! And of course since I love coconut, even better. 🙂
Exactly! Thanks Marcie 🙂
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says
You earned the right to use frozen pie shells! Looks deliciouss!
Haha, thanks for your support Laura!
Sarah @ The Gold Lining Girl says
Love these! I am obsessed with curd lately (hate that word though), and love all things lime! Very much feeling the tropical vibes lately!
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
All I can say is it gets better! Eventually they get better at helping and it all becomes more fun! 🙂 I have three kiddos that always want to be in the kitchen with me. That’s a lot of cooks!
These mini tarts are adorable! I bet they taste fantastic!
Haha, thanks Anna! She is sometimes actually helpful, but we’re not quite there yet!
Love coconut and lime together! These tarts look fabulous!
Having your daughter in the kitchen at a young age will pay off before you know it. My 15 year old cooks herself dinner almost every night and I think she’s better with developing new recipes than I am!
That’s funny Christin! Maybe she’ll be guest posting soon 🙂
Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
These lime tarts are so perfect for spring! They look perfect!
Kate @ Diethood says
Oooooh I have an almost 3 year old, too, and yes to everything else!! Mine loves to eat (a lot) and so, whatever she spills, she just goes and licks it off the floor! EWWWWW!!! I always have to clean it all up as fast as possible before she has lunch with the hardwood floors. hahaha 🙂
These tarts are almost too pretty, to eat! They must taste incredible!!
Haha, I can totally imagine that! Mine puts everything in her mouth, even if I just ask her to grab me a spatula. It’s like she has to check and see if it’s got anything good on it!
Deborah @ The Harvest Kitchen says
Oh my gosh….these look incredible! I’m totally craving lime now!!! Definitely making these. And….there is nothing better than cooking/baking with little-ones!!!
Haha, yes it’s always an adventure!