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Key Lime Tart

Cinco de Mayo is on Saturday. Who is having a party? Even if you aren’t throwing a big bash, you still need to celebrate with good food. I am going to party all day long. It is the perfect excuse to eat chips, salsa, and guacamole from sun up to sun down:) To balance things out, I think I will eat a slice of this Key Lime Tart. It is the perfect Cinco de Mayo dessert.

Josh is a lime fanatic and his favorite dessert, hands down, is this Key Lime Tart. He makes it every year for his birthday. I offer to make him his special Key Lime Tart, but he prefers to do it on his own. Maybe he doesn’t trust me, he is very picky about his Key Lime Tart. He loves a thick tart crust with a creamy “pucker me up” filling.

If you can’t find key limes, you can use regular limes, but the little key limes are so cute. I love them! You can also buy bottled key lime juice if you are in a pinch. The tart dough is easy to make, you combine all of the ingredients in the food processor. You do have to chill the dough for at least 30 minutes, so make sure you start early enough before your big party!

The key lime filling is also easy to make. This is a great tart to serve at parties because it is so easy to make, but impressive to serve. Everyone loves it! You can serve the tart with whipped cream or straight up!

Add this Key Lime Tart to your Cinco de Mayo menu. You and your party guests will not be disappointed. And if you eat the entire tart before the guests arrive, I won’t tell:) Sometimes it is hard to share, especially when it comes to dessert.

Key Lime Tart

Yield: Serves 8-10

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Josh's all-time favorite dessert! He is obsessed with this Key Lime Tart...I think it is pretty tasty too:)


For the tart dough:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
9 tablespoons frozen butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolks

For the key lime filling:

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
4 large egg yolks
2 teaspoons key lime zest
3/4 cup key lime juice


1. To make the tart dough: Put the flour, powdered sugar, and salt in a food processor and pulse until combined. Drop the butter pieces over the dry ingredients and pulse until the butter is coarsely cut in. Break up the egg yolk with a fork and add a little at a time, pulsing after each addition. When the entire egg yolk is in, process in long pulses, about 10 seconds each, until the dough forms clumps. Turn the dough out onto a work surface and gently knead to form a ball.

2. Butter a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Don't press too hard, you don't want the crust to lose its crumbly texture. Freeze the crust for at least 30 minutes, or longer, before baking.

3. To make the key lime filling: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, lime zest, key lime juice, and egg yolks. Whisk until smooth. Remove tart dough from the freezer. Pour mixture into tart pan. Bake until filling is set around edge but still slightly loose in center and crust is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

4. Cool tart completely at room temperature; then refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours before serving.

Tart Dough recipe from Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

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93 Responses to “Key Lime Tart”

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  1. Kathryn — April 30, 2012 @ 4:36 am

    Gorgeous pictures Maria, this tart looks too good to eat!

  2. Averie @ Averie Cooks — April 30, 2012 @ 4:41 am

    These images are stunning…wow! What did you do differently? Lens or camera body or editing? Whatever it is, they are fabulous. And so is the recipe. I love key lime pie!

    • Two Peas replied: — April 30th, 2012 @ 9:44 am

      Nothing different-same camera and lens. I guess the tart is just so pretty it tricked you:) Thanks for the compliment!

  3. Georgiana — April 30, 2012 @ 4:45 am

    Wow, these photos are so beautiful they alone justify me making this! Though the fact I love key lime pie is probably swaying me a little… Yum, thanks for the recipe!

  4. Sweetsugarbelle — April 30, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    I had tropical cheesecake last weekend and this tools like the perfect at-home way for me to enjoy the flavors. By the way, the photos are stunning!

  5. Erica — April 30, 2012 @ 7:06 am

    I dunno if I could give up on graham cracker crust….It just goes SO well with the key lime (or just consumed alone ;)). The dessert is gorgeous though! And yes- I will take any reason to eat chips and salsa 😉

  6. Tanya Schroeder — April 30, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    I love anything key lime! I’ll be honest I hate squeezing out the juice from those little limes. I feel like I get so little juice for my effort! The reward is the taste I know. Great looking tart!

  7. Yes, we are definitely having a Cinco de Mayo celebration. It is a family tradition that I love!

    And, I was going to make Tres Leche Cupcakes, but now this Key Lime Tart has me wanting it. It looks delicious!

  8. Kim in MD — April 30, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    YUM! I love key lime pie, so I know I will love this!

  9. Julie @ Table for Two — April 30, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    this looks perfect!! i love tart “pucker up” fillings for key lime tarts — it should taste just like the name, right?!

  10. Living The Sweet Life — April 30, 2012 @ 8:38 am

    Key lime pie always reminds me of hot summer days, running away from the sun but far too nice to stay in doors. You make it look so easy, great recipe Maria :)

  11. Lindsey @ Family Food Finds — April 30, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    This looks so good! I will have to make this over the weekend with the limes I already have on hand. YUM!

  12. Tracey — April 30, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I love key limes too! They’re only available for a short time here but I need to seek some out soon. Your tart is gorgeous :)

  13. Marian (Sweetopia) — April 30, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    Maria, looks so fresh and delicious! You make me want to run to the kitchen every time you post!

  14. tina @ mylifeasamrs — April 30, 2012 @ 9:54 am

    i’m a sucker for all things key lime!!!! :) Adding this to my must make ASAP list!!! PS- saw that you’ll be at BlogHer Food – hooray we finally get to meet!!!

  15. Mi Vida en un Dulce — April 30, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    This is a perfect tart. Here in Peru we only have lime, in fact, in Spanish we called it “limón” and if we translate it into English it should “lemon”. We don’t have your lemon, I mean, the one that is yellow, so each time I see recipes with lime I jumped and bookmark it.

  16. Yum! Looks amazing and I love your photos!

  17. Lori @ RecipeGirl — April 30, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    I love me some key limes! Lovely dessert.

  18. Laurie {Simply Scratch} — April 30, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Ohhh yes puh-lease!!! This looks so good!

  19. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — April 30, 2012 @ 10:17 am

    Key lime anything is a favorite around here, too.

  20. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — April 30, 2012 @ 10:18 am

    I need to get my stuff together and have a party and this would make the perfect dessert!

  21. Megan {Country Cleaver} — April 30, 2012 @ 10:19 am

    Key Lime Curd makes the world go ’round. I never thought of adding condensed milk to my curd…I so ADORE the sounds of that!!

  22. Shaina — April 30, 2012 @ 10:26 am

    This is just gorgeous, Maria. Perfect for the 5th!

  23. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats — April 30, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    delish! what a great refreshing summer treat too!!

  24. Jenny Flake — April 30, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    I love a good key lime tart! Yours looks perfect for summer!

  25. Margarita — April 30, 2012 @ 10:51 am

    Oooh! Condensed milk with the key limes, I can only imagine the sweetness and thickness this brings.

  26. I just got some key limes from our produce co-op and I am excited to try this!

  27. vanillasugarblog — April 30, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    one of my favs!

  28. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — April 30, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    This might be my all-time favorite treat! So fresh and zippy!

  29. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 30, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    This tart is absolutely stunning… Lemon and lime pies and tarts are my all-time favorites, especially this time of year. Can’t wait to give it a try!

  30. Kristen — April 30, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    So loving the greens in those pictures – looks delicious!

  31. Mercedes — April 30, 2012 @ 11:24 am

    I just love key-lime anything! This tart looks divine and really simple to make!

  32. Theresa — April 30, 2012 @ 11:27 am

    Your tart looks so pretty Maria! Now I’m craving key limes again. :) Thanks for the link to my cake!

  33. I’ve never made a key lime tart before, but I’d love to try your recipe Maria! This looks fabulously refreshing, and very easy!

  34. shelly (cookies and cups) — April 30, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    The problem with this is I would eat the entire thing all by myself!

  35. sara — April 30, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Yum, such a pretty tart! I love key lime pie…this looks fantastic! :)

  36. Urban Wife — April 30, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Gorgeous pictures! I just posted a Key Lime Pie recipe this morning, although your photo styling puts mine to shame. :)

  37. Audra@The-Baker-Chick — April 30, 2012 @ 12:07 pm

    I adore tart desserts. This looks amazing!

  38. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — April 30, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    Too funny – I just had key lime pie for the first time on saturday…in Key West! I discovered that I like it a lot :) Who knew?

  39. Heather (Heather's Dish) — April 30, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

    key lime is by far one of my favorite desserts ever! i love the tart creaminess :)

  40. Francesca — April 30, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    This looks lovely, I have never used key limes before, but having seen this recipe, I think you have convinced me to give them ago. I am looking forward to making this soon hopefully. Thank you very much.

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