Kiwi-Lime Tart

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I just got back from spending a wonderful few days with my daughter in Chicago. Everything about our time together… I think she would agree… was so absolutely fun and delightful. How could it not be? Shopping… dining at fabulous restaurants… shopping… long conversations… decorating… shopping… staying up late…. loved the theme! Well now that I’m back home and refocused on Mitts and Measures, I’ve decided that today marks the day that I’m going into full summer mode. The weather reports predict it’s going to be in the 80’s today and that’s a sign enough for me. Enough with the cold spells and unpredictable weather… I’m putting my foot down and am going to stay in a summer mind frame from this point on.

Here’s a wonderful Kiwi-Lime Tart I make when the weather warms. It’s another citrus dessert I know, I know… but that shouldn’t surprise you by now. This particular tart is great because the crust has macadamia nuts in it and has this sort of chewy-crunchy delicious texture-flavor thing going on. The filling is light and perfectly refreshing with a slightly cheesy-creamy combination that’s punctuated with lime… and then the Kiwi topping adds to the mix in the most pleasant, bright and scrumptious way. Perfect for summer.


Kiwi-Lime Tart

(Adapted from Epicurious)

For crust:

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

6 tablespoons granulated sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces

Ice water

3/4 cup dry-roasted and lightly salted macadamia nuts, chopped

For filling:

1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 teaspoon grated lime zest

2/3 cup cold heavy cream

5 ripe kiwis, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds

To prepare crust:  Lightly butter the bottom of a 9-inch-diameter tart pan with a removable bottomCombine flour, sugar and salt in a food processor; pulse to mix. Add butter. Pulse the processor until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 1 tablespoon ice water; process until moist clumps form. Add more ice water, 1 teaspoon at a time, if dough is dry. Transfer dough to a floured surface. Gently knead nuts into dough. Press dough onto the bottom and up the sides of a the tart pan.

Freeze crust 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Line crust with foil; fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake crust until sides begin to set, about 15 minutes. Remove foil and beans. Bake crust until cooked through and pale golden, about 10 minutes longer, piercing with a fork if crust bubbles. Let cool completely.

To prepare filling:  Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar, lime juice and lime zest in a large bowl until smooth and fluffy. Beat heavy cream in a medium bowl until firm peaks form. Fold into cream-cheese mixture. Spoon into crust; smooth top with a knife. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Arrange kiwis in concentric circles atop filling, overlapping slightly. (Can be prepared up to 4 hours ahead. Cover with plastic and refrigerate.) Cut tart into wedges and serve.

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23 thoughts on “Kiwi-Lime Tart

  1. Thank you so much redrice57 for the wonderful feedback! I’m so happy this tart had the same effect on you that it has for us over at our house! We just love it. Your daughter, Hannah did a beautiful job making it! I sincerely appreciate the credits to me on your blog and if anyone wants to see his reviews and pictures on his blog, please go to From Alfredo’s With Love at the following link:

    http://kjbrad57.com/2013/05/28/kiwi-and-lime-tart-wo/

  2. I love macadamia nuts….you must know by now that I’m a ‘nuttaholic’, the only thing that stops me from eating nuts is a stomach ache…I think this Kiwi-Lime Tart tastes delicious. I judge by ingredients. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Those are fantastic food shots. You might find this funny but my insides are screaming out. Give me that tart. Pamper my soul. Soothe my senses. Ah!

  4. Love the flavor combinations of kiwi and lime with the macadamia nut crunch in the crust. You can post recipes like this as often as you like! Glad you enjoyed your visit with your daughter here. You couldn’t ask for a better setting. 😉

    1. Thanks… it really is! The macadamia nuts get all the credit here. The crunchy-chewy-nuttiness combined with the bright creamy lime flavor of the rest of the tart makes this really unique and delicious. 🙂

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