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Birthdays are pretty special at our house ! I tend to over celebrate my own, setting aside the entire month of November as a birthday celebration. And I’ve extended that to my husband. He’s not a cake aficionado, I love cake. But he does like a good lime pie and he enjoys a frozen lime cocktail. So, combining the two, I give you a thoroughly tasteful rendition of a Mojito, my Mojito tart!
This one takes a little time, and some patience, but I’ll promise you, you won’t be disappointed! Be certain you weight your tart shell during the first portion of baking. And follow the directions for the curd, exactly. This is not one of those you can experiment with, honest! (I’ve tried and failed more than one time) You can omit the rum and have a perfectly delicious tart, but remember the alcohol cooks away and the flavor is something you’ll love!
Lime Curd Filling
- 2 tablespoons light rum use the good stuff
- 4 limes at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/4 pound unsalted butter at room temperature
- 4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
- Pinch salt
- Several sprigs of peppermint
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the butter and sugar together until they are just combined.
- Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture.
- Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk
- Press the dough into a 10-inch-round or 9-inch-square false-bottom tart pan, making sure that the finished edge is flat.
- Chill until firm.
- Butter 1 side of a square of aluminum foil to fit inside the tart and place it, buttered side down, on the pastry.
- Fill with beans or rice. Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove the foil and beans, prick the tart all over with the tines of a fork, and bake again for 20 to 25 minutes more, or until lightly browned.
- Allow to cool to room temperature.
Lime Curd Filling
- Remove the zest of 4 limes with a vegetable peeler or zester, being careful to avoid the white pith.
- Squeeze the limes to make 1/2 cup of juice and set the juice aside.
- Put the zest in a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
- Add the sugar and process for 2 to 3 minutes, until the zest is very finely minced.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugar and lime zest.
- Add-- the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lime juice and salt and rum.
- Mix until combined.
- Pour the mixture into a 2-quart saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes.
- The lime curd will thicken at about 175 degrees F, or just below a simmer.
- Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Fill the prepared tart shell with warm lime curd and allow to set at room temperature.
- Cover Lightly and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Garnish with thin twists of lime slices and zest, add a sprig of peppermint.