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Verses from my Kitchen: Lime Cheesecake Tartlets

March 26, 2011

Lime Cheesecake Tartlets

The temperature outside has been flirting with us for days now. This winter has been particularly long and rough and my wife and I are are clinging to memories and pictures from last spring to remind us of the potential in store. Fresh flowers, herb gardens and picnics in the backyard with seasonal finds that have hibernated since the end of last spring. Like us.

The snow outside melts just long enough to give us a glimpse of the green grass beneath it when another wave hits down and smothers all hope of an early spring. One storm after another that does more than paint the yard white, it muffles our energy and affects our spirit. Temporarily.

We've been trapped for so long that we celebrate the mild days with outings and walks and point at the early signs of spring, like the neighbourhood kids playing outside again and the earth beneath us that's soft and wet. It brings us happiness. And hope.

Spring is a celebration in our household. Many of our favourite memories happened in the months that occupy spring. Our first house and our engagement party were defining moments in our life. The calendar is littered with fondness this time of year and it's a new beginning for everyone. Ourselves included.

When I was thinking about an easy dessert to make for us for the weekend, I wanted something light and fresh. I also wanted it to paint a picture of a spring day outside by our cast iron antique table with dessert plates and tartlets, cups of tea and our scarves wrapped around our necks.

These tarlets are creamy, slightly tart and burst with citrus flavour. Every bite is as good as the one before it and you can taste the bits of lime zest and juice as soon as the fork hits your tongue. If spring were a dessert it would be these Lime Cheesecake Tartlets.

When I sit down with my wife and enjoy these little tartlets, I forget about the weather outside and dream.

From my kitchen to yours, happy eating!

Lime Cheesecake Tartlets

The Goods:
  • 200 grams graham crackers
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 225 grams cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. lime zest
  • 4 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
  1. Grease 4 tartlet pans (4 1/2") with removable bases. Process the graham crackers until they feel like fine breadcrumbs.
  2. Add in the butter and process until combined. Press the mixture evenly into the tartlet bases and up the sides. Cover and refrigerate and prep the rest.
  3. Using a small bowl, beat the cheese, sugar, zest and lime juice with an electric mixer until smooth.
  4. In a different bowl, beat the cream with the mixer until soft peaks form. Fold in the cream cheese mixture a bit at a time until combined. Spoon the mixture into the tartlet shells and cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  5. Serves 4.

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At March 26, 2011 at 9:14 AM , Blogger A Thought For Food said...

You know my feelings on cheesecake... I'm actually looking at flights right now so I can come and join you in eating these delightful desserts.

At March 26, 2011 at 10:11 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

I feel the same way about any cheesecake, Brain. My wife isn't a huge sweets fan so there's a few left with your name on it!

At March 26, 2011 at 7:23 PM , Anonymous Kate @ Diethood.com said...

Beautiful! I looooove cheesecake - it is my favorite dessert and I'll have it any way that you want to serve it to me.

I feel your pain about those winter blues... it was 60 degrees the other day so I made some strawberry shortcakes... it is 34 degrees today... I made soup.

At March 26, 2011 at 7:57 PM , Blogger Rosemary said...

yummy, any left bring one for me :o)

At March 26, 2011 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Cheesecake and lime - a marriage made in heaven!

At March 26, 2011 at 9:21 PM , Blogger Mariko said...

I love how fluffy this looks! Yum. I'm in hawaii. Don't you just hate me? :)

At March 27, 2011 at 2:04 AM , Anonymous sara @ CaffeIna said...

Ohhh Lime cheesecake is one of my favorite. These just look fantastic!

At March 27, 2011 at 12:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super cute dessert....Wonderful:)

At March 27, 2011 at 4:56 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

Yummmmm! :) This looks divine!

At March 27, 2011 at 7:44 PM , Blogger Maria said...

I love lime desserts! Can't wait to try this one!

At March 27, 2011 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Traci said...

Yum! I love lemon and lime flavored desserts, I will have to try this.

At March 27, 2011 at 8:55 PM , Blogger Lisa said...

Mmm, those look so incredible. I think if you were serving those for dessert, no one would be able to wait through dinner to eat them. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your tartlets up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweets-for-saturday-10.html

At March 28, 2011 at 6:14 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such delightful looking things. If not anything else, these are sure to summon spring in anybody's mind :-)

At March 28, 2011 at 8:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

my boyfriend will die if i can figure out how to veganize this. lol. butter and cream cheese are easy enough to sub, might try coconut milk or silken tofu for the heavy cream. hmmm..... saving to my online cookbook to think this over (http://www.cookmarked.com)!

At March 28, 2011 at 11:14 AM , Anonymous RavieNomNoms said...

Oh wow, those are so fantastic! I love lime and then to have it be a cheesecake?! Holy moly, that would be heaven. They are so pretty too!

At March 28, 2011 at 8:35 PM , Blogger Lizzy said...

Mmmmmm...I'd like one right now, please :)

At March 28, 2011 at 10:30 PM , Blogger hailey said...

These look amazing! I just picked up some mini tart pans and i think this will be the perfect recipe to try them out!

At March 29, 2011 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Robyn said...

These cheesecakes look absolutely fabulous!

I'm so glad you shared them this week in Mingle Monday!

At March 30, 2011 at 7:04 PM , Anonymous The Texas Peach said...

These look very delicious! I like cheesecake and I love lime, so I will have to try this recipe out. Perfect desert to have on a warm Spring or Summer night.

At May 1, 2011 at 10:45 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These look delicious! Would I be able to leave them in the fridge longer than 20 minutes before serving? Thanks!

At May 1, 2011 at 11:28 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thank you! To answer you question, yes. You just don't want them covered too tightly that the moisture takes away from the shell. Otherwise, you could make them hours before and let them rest in the fridge until you're ready. Enjoy them!


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