Key Lime Tarts

While it’s taken a whole lot longer than I actually anticipated, I’ve seemingly gotten my new site up and running with only the smallest of minor glitches.  Honestly, I can’t really complain and I’m pretty darned proud of myself :)  Self hosting.  Shared hosting.  Servers.  html.  css.  php.  htaccess.  It started off as being so very confusing but now I think I’ve collected all the dots… and I’m finally starting to connect them.  I certainly learned a lot along the way and in the end it’s a good feeling knowing I completed a “DIY” project on my To Do list.  I made these key lime tarts when I was in the final stages of gettng the site ready and they were a terrific pick-me-up.  They’re very tart… very good… and very very rewarding.  Now that we’ve hit those warm months of summer (hey, it was 102°F here today!) this is a wonderful hot-weather dessert.  Whether you make them as cute little 3″ tartletts or go for a full 9″ tart, no matter, you’ll still get plenty of raves!

As soon as I saw the Key Lime post on Jamie’s blog, I knew I’d have to make some variation of it. I’ve been on quite the citrus kick lately and was very tempted to make a full size tart but in the end decided to use some of the cute 3″ tartlette pans I have.   I love making mini sizes of pretty much everything… much easier on portion control :)  The recipe Jamie used looked so good that I made no variations at all… just changed up the pan size.

Key Lime Pie

Adapted from allrecipes


1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust (store bought or use recipe below to make your own)
3 cups sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup fresh squeezed key lime juice
1/4 cup Nellie and Joe’s Key Lime Juice
1 tablespoon grated lime zest


Preheat oven to 350°F
In a medium bowl, combine condensed milk, sour cream, lime juice, and lime zest. Mix well and pour into graham cracker crust.
Bake in preheated oven for 5 to 8 minutes, until tiny pinhole bubbles burst on the surface of pie. DO NOT BROWN! (The 3″ tartlettes took about 12-15 minutes to form the bubbles) Chill thoroughly before serving. Garnish with lime slices and whipped cream if desired.

Graham Cracker Crust


1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1/3 cup granulated sugar


Combine all ingredients and press into the bottom of pan.

Have a delicious day!

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15 Responses to "Key Lime Tarts"

  1. Krissy says:

    whoa! loving the new layout! it’s stunning. :)

    mmm. i wish it were warmer here in scotland!

    the past two days it just bucketed. today’s sunny, but i’ll be inside revising of exams.

    o well. love your site, your photography, and of course, your food!

    • Em says:

      Hey Krissy, thanks so much for the kind words. Please send some of your rain here, we’re in a terrible drought situation. The rain would be so welcomed :)

  2. Leslie says:

    I adore anything Key Lime!

  3. Eva says:

    Oh boy these look good. only trouble with them being a summertime dessert is that means the oven needs to be on but i can deal with that briefly.

  4. Memoria says:

    The site looks fantastic!! You did an awesome job! I don’t think I’d be able to do it.

    The tarts look yummy! I love key lime.

  5. My fave bakery rarely has key lime tarts anymore. I may just have to make them myself…

  6. Jamie says:

    Beautiful…I am so glad you like them! Loving the new site…I give ya a lot of credit for doing this on your own!!!

  7. jo says:

    Looks absolutely delicious and love the fact that these tarts are mouthfuls only. I must add that the presentation and pictures are just amazing.

  8. AmyRuthBakes says:

    Amazing job, I wouldn’t be able to do it. I’d be bald…. he he
    Anyhow, love those beautiful photos of your tarts. They are Perfecto!!!

  9. ingrid says:

    How come everything is so much cuter in mini form?!

    Love the citrus(read, tart & tangy) kick you’ve been on! Keep ‘em coming!

    Btw, I think its awesome you did all your blog changes yourself! I need to do something with mine. One day I’ll get motivated and figure out what.

  10. Maybe says:

    I finally did it ! It’s absolutely delicious ! It’s the first time I ever taste Key lime pie but I’m already in love with it :o) Thanks !!!!

  11. phodie says:


    i actually tried making these the other night and the center actually was sunken in after it set and cooled out of the oven… am i doing something wrong?
    also, i made my own crust but how do you make it all stay around the sides? it also did not really stick even after i baked them.

  12. Wayne Rogers says:

    I Love Your key lime tarts very much. Have you tried The World’s Greatest Key Lime Pie At Kutcharitaville Cafe in Asheville yet. It’s the Greatest One Ever.

    Wayne Rogers

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