Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gluten Free Lime-Curd Tarts

Well, it would seem I am on a pastry kick!

I made lime-curd tartlets yesterday for some guests, and they were a hit amongst GF and non-GF alike!
I have never done a curd before, and was looking for something new for a filling, and happened to have some limes on hand.  Found a very simple recipe on All-Recipes which you can link to here

Lime Curd

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 TB lime zest
2 eggs, beaten

1. Before assembling the ingredients, place the eggs in a bowl of very warm water. This will help the eggs to blend with the hot mixture, and prevent the eggs from "scrambling"

2. Before cutting and juicing the limes, zest them!! (It is very hard to zest a spent lime) :)

2. Place all ingredients except for the eggs in the top of a double boiler, over medium high heat.
Once the butter has melted, mix 2-3 TB of the hot mixture into the beaten eggs, and whisk well.

3. Reduce the heat to medium. SLOWLY whisk the egg mixture into the hot lime mixture, whisking until smooth.
Continue to cook until the lime mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, about 20-25 minutes.  Stir/whisk occasionally.

4. Cool slightly, and spoon into a glass or ceramic jar. Cover and refrigerate.

This really needs a good few hours to properly chill and set.
I presented these tarts 2 ways: half plain, and half with a layer of melted chocolate in the bottom of the shell, and then a small drizzle of chocolate on top.
Both were so good I don't even know which ones I liked best! I am making more for a dinner party tomorrow, and will do some with fresh blackberries.
Made with my pastry recipe on this site.