Food from the World: Blueberry and Lime Tart


How would you define them? Probably the best definition is ‘things thrown on top of each other.’ If we are to take into account this definition we would say that everything is a tart starting with cakes and finishing with pizza. But that is totally a different subject.

What is a tart?

The term comes from the French word ‘tarte‘ which can be translated both as a pie and as tart. These make reference to the tarts that have different type of fillings (sweet, fruit-based, jam,custard etc.). The tart also springs from the pie-making tradition that was quite a hit during the Medieval times. These were soon followed by the enriched doughs that appeared on the market 200 years after the pies (also in Europe).

Blueberry and Lime Tart

I don’t know how it is in your region but with the cold I am enduring know I am in a desperate need of a delicious something. And this tart seems to have it all. Take a look!

Blueberry and Lime Tart

100g butter, softened
50g icing sugar
zest of 2 limes
225g plain flour
1 large egg
1tbsp clear honey
300g blueberries
300ml creme fraiche
1 tablespoon plain flour
75g vanilla sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
3 eggs plus 1 egg yolk, beaten
icing sugar

How to prepare it?

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(1). Start by putting the icing sugar, the butter and the zest together. Add 3 tablespoon of flour and mix it with the egg until you get a paste. Put the rest of the flour inside and pinch some salt, forming a ball.  Flatten it a bit and let it chill for approximately one hour.

(2). While you wait for it to chill pre-heat the oven at 375 degrees F. Roll the dough to line the tin and let it cool for approximately 20 minutes. Put some beans inside and bake it for 20 minutes. When you are done with this process brush the pastry with honey and put 175 g of blueberries scattering some lime zest on top. Then put the crème fraîche, the vanilla sugar, the flour, the vanilla bean paste and the eggs in a bowl, whisking constantly. Pour over the berries and let it bake for 15 minutes.

(3). The next and almost final step is to place the rest of the blueberries over the tart. Dust everything with a bit of icing sugar and let it bake for 30 minutes. You will know it is done when you will notice that the custard has set. Let it cool to room temperature and remove from the tin, letting it chill for 20 minutes before you cut it. Before serving dust some icing sugar.

 And voila! You have yourself a sweet tart with delicious blueberry and a hint of lime. What else could you possibly want?

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