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Key Lime Blueberry Ginger Tart (and a Giveaway!)

February 7, 2011

Whew! The name is a mouthful but it belies how truly easy this tart was to make.  I spent the early part of the last weekend preparing for a much-anticipated dinner with a couple of blogger friends you might know (more on this in upcoming post) and by Sunday morning, I realized that I had nothing to take with me to our friends’ Super Bowl party.  This is what I came up with to avoid slaving away in the kitchen.  Would you care to know what inspired this creation?

I had a large container of fresh, organic blueberries that I intended to serve with chocolate cake Saturday evening but silly me, I completely forgot about them until we were almost finished with dessert.  I certainly couldn’t let them go to waist and I didn’t have the energy to make a cake or prepare a traditional tart crust.  Instead, I made a gingersnap crust out of my current favorite store bought cookie from The Graceful Cookie.  They’re chewy and laced with a bit of molasses but they’re not cloyingly sweet.  They’re also not oily–they translated well as a tart crust which is why I’m sharing the brand here.  The crust was a big hit with my friends.

For the tart’s filling, I also took the easy route.  I had no time to make a custard and chill it before leaving for the party so yes, I used a pre-made curd.  If you’ve read some of my other posts you might have gathered that I prefer to make dishes from scratch, but you know, using a good-quality curd worked just fine here.  If you have a favorite lemon curd recipe, by all means, use that instead.  In this case, though the curd from the jar was already creamy, bright and rich, I stirred in a couple of tablespoons of fresh lime juice to up the freshness factor even more.  Topped with fresh blueberries, a bit more lime juice, lime zest and powdered sugar, I was out of the kitchen in no time and headed to a fun Super Bowl party!

Before I go on to the recipe, here’s another treat for you.  The good people at CSN Stores are giving my readers another opportunity to win a $5o gift certificate.  With this gift, you can be closer to owning new modern dining room furniture or this crepe pan.  I’ve been eyeing it since my first CSN giveaway and I have yet to purchase it.  You could very well own one before I do!

And because I’m always curious to know what  is on other people’s lists, you can tell me what you would like to buy with your  CSN gift code. With over 2oo online stores, they’re bound to have a few items on your wishlist.  Just submit your answer here and you will be officially entered in the giveaway.  You will have until Monday, Feb. 14 at 8 pm PST to enter and I will use a random number generator to select the lucky winner.  (Disclosure:  The contest is valid only for U.S. and Canada residents.)

Have a great week!

*** Time’s Up: Entries for the giveaway are no longer being accepted. Stay tuned for the winner on the next post. Thanks so much for participating! ***

Key Lime Blueberry Ginger Tart

  • Gingersnap Cookies (I used a 10 oz box of The Graceful Bakery brand cookies from Draeger’s)
  • 6 tablespoons melter butter
  • Key Lime Curd (I used an 11.5 ounce jar of Stonewall Kitchen’s Key Lime curd and used all but about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (I used about 2 tbsp to stir into the curd and another tablespoon to drizzle over the tart)
  • Zest of one lime (I stirred a little into the curd and the rest I used to sprinkle over the tart)
  • Powdered sugar, for dusting
  • 2 1/4 cups fresh blueberries

Preheat your oven to 350ºF.

Use a food processor to turn the cookies into fine crumbs and transfer to a bowl.  Add the melted better to the gingersnap crumbs and mix well.  Press the mixture onto the bottom and sides of a 9.5 inch tart pan with a removable bottom.  Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or until the crust is a deep golden brown.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

Once the crust has cooled to room temperature, spread the curd over it.  You can do what I did and stir in a bit of fresh lime juice and lime zest before spreading over the crust.  Next, top with the blueberries and add the remaining lime juice and lime zest.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar immediately before serving.

79 Comments leave one →
  1. Ana permalink
    February 8, 2011 12:12 AM

    Drawing entry: I would purchase a modern wine rack I have desperately been needing!

  2. February 8, 2011 5:40 AM

    Ooo, this sounds simple and delicious. I love key lime. This tart just reminds me of summer 🙂

  3. February 8, 2011 6:07 AM

    What a great ode to Spring! I love the contrast in flavors and colors. And it looks gorgeous to boot! 🙂

  4. February 8, 2011 7:55 AM

    Great recipe!
    And I would love to buy an immersion blender. Never had one.

  5. February 8, 2011 8:09 AM

    I would use the CSN cert toward a new set of dishes we SO desperately need! 🙂

    this tart looks gorgeous and the flavors sound perfect together! we have 6 blueberry bushes in our yard, this makes me look forward to spring!

  6. February 8, 2011 8:14 AM

    I need new baking sheets!

  7. February 8, 2011 8:40 AM

    I would definitely use the CSN GC for a caste iron skillet.

    And this tart is just beautiful… a combination of so many wonderful ingredients and flavors.

  8. February 8, 2011 8:47 AM

    I feel I haven’t made a tart in a long time. It’s not really true but every time I see tarts and pies on your blog I get so inspired. You know that I’m an all-from-scratch girl but sometimes (like in this period) I have no time and I also use store bought products. If they are good quality they can be amazing and for sure better with what I could come up with if I were in a hurry! So, three thumbs ups for this tart (I love that custard!!) As per the giveaway, my usual answer is: a waffle maker! Like you, I keep wanting to buy one and still haven’t done so.
    Have a great weekend! Sara

  9. February 8, 2011 8:47 AM

    Yes! It looks so great for a spring day!

  10. February 8, 2011 9:02 AM

    Thanks for the contest and the fantastic recipe! I would use the GC toward a new blender or mixer.

  11. February 8, 2011 9:08 AM

    I would love a Le Creuset dutch oven in Caribbean – Sigh, just beautiful!

  12. February 8, 2011 9:27 AM

    I am loving this tart! I would buy a rectangular tart pan because tarts are so elegant!

  13. February 8, 2011 9:48 AM

    Hi Jean, What a wonderful tart and I happened to buy key limes & maybe will attempt to making curd all on my own, wish me luck:). To answer your question: anything kitchen:).

  14. February 8, 2011 9:57 AM

    What a great idea for a quick and easy dessert! I had lemon curd for the first time the other day and now I’m in love with it. As for that giveaway, I would use that CSN gift code toward a good dutch oven – since they’re a little pricey, $50 off would be a huge help!

  15. Maria permalink
    February 8, 2011 10:04 AM

    I would use it toward a Food Processor!

  16. February 8, 2011 10:04 AM

    I love lemon and blueberries! I made a lemon/blueberry pound cake for Super Bowl that was just perfect… luckily it wasn’t all gone after the game and I had a nice piece with my coffee the next morning.
    I went back to our costco and got even more blueberries! We’ve been a bit on overload, but knowing how good they are for you, we can’t resist. I never thought of brightening up the curd with fresh juice, nice idea!
    Yep… we’d opt for the waffle maker too!

  17. gingerbreadbagels permalink
    February 8, 2011 10:39 AM

    What a gorgeous tart! I love anything ginger flavored (obviously!) and I love lemons and blueberries! So many of my favorite flavors in one dessert. I bet it tastes amazing. 🙂

    I’d probably get an ice cream maker. I’ve been dying to buy one but still haven’t yet.

  18. February 8, 2011 10:40 AM

    Gorgeous tart!

    For the giveaway, I’d get a stainless steel foodmill – I’ve just started making baby food for my little girl and that tool would come in handy!

  19. February 8, 2011 10:49 AM

    I love the little sprinke of sugar on the blueberries! And I’m guessing the citrus berry combination was just delicious! I think I’d get a new spice grinder. I’ve been coveting one for a while but haven’t bit the bullet! 🙂

  20. Tamara permalink
    February 8, 2011 2:09 PM

    I would buy some non stick baking mats…. ours have disappeared. They must have run off with the single socks.

  21. Jess permalink
    February 8, 2011 2:09 PM

    I think I would definitely have to go for one of the glass-bottom springfoam tins – too cool to pass up.

    Good luck with the giveaway!

  22. Tori permalink
    February 8, 2011 2:18 PM

    I have always wanted a waffle maker. one of those cute heart shaped ones will do!

  23. February 8, 2011 2:23 PM

    Something just for me!

  24. Aubrey Fick permalink
    February 8, 2011 2:57 PM

    I’d love the Chilewich Table Runner!

  25. Meryl permalink
    February 8, 2011 3:01 PM

    I’d love an immersion blender.

  26. Lou permalink
    February 8, 2011 3:03 PM

    I’d like a new set of flatware.

  27. Amber permalink
    February 8, 2011 3:24 PM

    It would definitely go towards getting me a stand mixer.

  28. domestic diva permalink
    February 8, 2011 3:43 PM

    I’d use it toward this blanket:

  29. February 8, 2011 3:56 PM

    What a lovely tart! Beautiful colours and mouth-watering. I’d love a slice for dessert with my tea later. Spot on and so good!

    My immersion blender kicked the bucket yesterday and it’s my favourite kitchen tool so I would definitely use it to get another one. Great timing.

  30. chrissy bachman permalink
    February 8, 2011 4:13 PM

    You read my mind- I was on a misson for the perfect topping and crumb crust for my key lime pie. I would buy a crepe pan or nordic ware baking pan at

  31. February 8, 2011 4:14 PM

    What a lovely tart and a great giveaway! I would love to use the CSN gift certificate to splurge on some cute mini tart pans 🙂

  32. February 8, 2011 4:37 PM

    Your tart looks amazing Jean. I know i’ll win this giveaway hehe (=

  33. Emily permalink
    February 8, 2011 5:12 PM

    I would buy the Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender! Can’t wait to make this!

  34. Ashley H. permalink
    February 8, 2011 6:38 PM

    I’d get a new saucepan.

  35. Amanda Thompson permalink
    February 8, 2011 7:01 PM

    I would like a digital kitchen scale. 🙂

  36. February 8, 2011 7:15 PM

    Frankly I would much rather eat blueberries with this than chocolate!
    I would love a fondue pot again and this time i will keep it!!!!

  37. February 8, 2011 7:21 PM

    That is a gorgeous tart! I can taste the key lime just by thinking about it… so perfectly paired up with those blueberries! Delish!

    I need a new immersion blender…mine gave out over a month ago. 😦

  38. February 8, 2011 7:40 PM

    Mmm, I always think that tarts are so pretty 🙂
    I really want a pizza stone. I hear it really makes a difference!

  39. Nina permalink
    February 8, 2011 8:11 PM

    I would buy kitchen appliances!!

  40. Dee permalink
    February 8, 2011 9:40 PM

    this looks amazing! My mouth is literally watering. If I had to choose something from csn inspired by your delicious tart it would be either the emile henry pink pie dish or the le creuset cobalt tart dish! 🙂

  41. Schmidty permalink
    February 8, 2011 11:53 PM

    I’d love to get a Microplane Slicer or Zester.

  42. Laviza Shariff permalink
    February 9, 2011 7:55 AM

    I can taste the tartness from your picture! great recipe..
    the crepe pan from CSN would be wonderful!

  43. February 9, 2011 9:05 AM

    Fingers crossed, I so wholeheartedly hope that I win!
    If I win I would buy some new baking sheets, I am in dire need of them.

  44. February 9, 2011 10:08 AM

    What a gorgeous tart! I’ve never tried lime curd before, it must be luscious! Nice giveaway! I’ve been yearning for a new attachment for my Kitchenaid stand mixer so that’s what I’d want.

  45. February 9, 2011 10:52 AM

    Jean, I always grab a thing of blueberries planning to bake, though I ALWAYS end up eating a whole pint each sitting!

    This looks really good and something even I could make. Thanks for sharing!

  46. February 9, 2011 11:15 AM

    I would use it for a trunki for my daughter.

  47. February 9, 2011 11:33 AM

    That tart looks so tasty. Lemon goes so well with gingerbread and blueberries. It’s brilliant to combine all three.

    Giveaway entry: I want some new cutting boards….but then I may want a few more silpats…or another paring knife. You know, when I start looking at CSN I find all sorts of things I didn’t even know I wanted!!

  48. February 9, 2011 1:03 PM

    I’m loving this simple tart you put together to share with friends. The curd with the blueberries and ginger, oh yum- just luscious Jean;-)

  49. February 9, 2011 7:28 PM

    This tart sounds amazing! I love that you use a ginger snap crust! 😀

  50. February 9, 2011 10:22 PM

    I would buy a tart pan! I lost the bottom of mine 😦 This looks like such a fresh and beautiful dessert. A burst of brightness on a winter’s day. Thank you for sharing your sweet treat with me. I hope you are having a happy and warm Wednesday night.

  51. February 10, 2011 10:05 AM

    Hi Jean, I love how you quickly put this tart together. I think using pre-made ingredients to make a fresh dessert (or any dish for that matter) is just plain sensible for our times. 🙂 I’m sure it was a hit at the party! I too have been buying tons of organic blueberries as our entire family loves to eat them. As for your giveaway – – – a WOK! I have gone through 2 woks and haven’t replaced the last one in over 3 years.

  52. February 10, 2011 11:10 AM

    Key lime AND blueberries – heavenly! I love the gingersnap crust and purchased curd is definitely the way I would go considering I don’t have a standing mixer! Can you believe it? So that’s what I would use the CSN card for 🙂

  53. February 10, 2011 12:58 PM

    GLORY this looks so yummy! This makes me want to order the crepe pan immediately!

    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

  54. Christine permalink
    February 10, 2011 1:31 PM

    heavenly as usual ! i’d get me some baking/cookie sheets for the kid 🙂

  55. February 10, 2011 3:39 PM

    That looks heavenly…love the ginger and nice giveaway 🙂

  56. Bobette permalink
    February 10, 2011 7:09 PM

    I’ve got my eye on a sweet toaster oven. How retro!

  57. Jessie permalink
    February 10, 2011 9:34 PM

    I would like some fun decor for my daughter’s nursery.

  58. February 11, 2011 9:30 AM

    I would buy some ramekins, as mine are too small to make anything worthwhile. To be specific, I want the Le Creuset 7 oz. ones in Dijon. There are so many new desserts I could make if only I had larger ramekins….

  59. February 11, 2011 11:24 AM

    Gingerbread and blueberries are such a great combination! love the tart.

    What would i do with the csn prize? stock up on their collection of zesters, graters and rasps.. you can never have too many.

  60. JennySue permalink
    February 11, 2011 12:39 PM

    They have a lot of fun things for the outdoors, so maybe something fun to spruce up the backyard for spring. Or maybe more cookie cutters – they always have such fun sets.

  61. February 11, 2011 2:00 PM

    Blueberries and Lime is a perfect combo. This looks wonderful.

  62. February 11, 2011 3:45 PM

    I also love CSN! I’d get a Coleman inflatable bed.

  63. Mary permalink
    February 11, 2011 9:23 PM

    I would buy a bookshelf for my new tutoring office. I’ve just changed careers and need to watch my pennies while furnishing my office.

  64. February 11, 2011 11:32 PM

    This is a really beautiful tart Jean! Love how fast it was too, I will have to keep it in mind next time I need a quick dessert. Love reading what’s on everyones wish list. If I have one kitchen weakness, it’s cookie cutters. Have a great weekend.

  65. Carolsue permalink
    February 13, 2011 12:01 AM

    I would love to get the Whitehall Products Sun and Moon Sundial

  66. Jennai permalink
    February 13, 2011 12:03 AM

    My cat could sure use the Precision Pet – 3701-37011-N – Cat Eye Modular Cat Bed!!!

  67. February 13, 2011 12:35 AM

    Jean I desperately need a kitchen scale (can you believe I dont have one?) and I have also been eyeing a mandoline. but of course, CSN has loads of amazing things so I am sure I could be persuaded to buy something else fun and frivolous should I win. 😉

  68. February 13, 2011 10:57 AM

    I would put the $50 towards a new cookware set! The one I’ve been cooking with for more than 10 years is of a very low quality and it’s doesn’t work well at all with my gas stove. I need new pots and pans! Thanks for this great giveaway 🙂

  69. February 13, 2011 12:54 PM

    I’d buy a new stockpot

  70. shel permalink
    February 13, 2011 4:10 PM

    After the “Christmas Mashed Potatoes charred to the bottom of the pot” debacle, I decided I need a buffet server. I think the Nostalgia Electrics – BCS-998 – 3 Section Buffet Server in Stainless Steel would save my poor potatoes at Easter.

  71. February 13, 2011 11:44 PM

    a slow cooker! thanks!

  72. February 14, 2011 3:25 AM

    Thanks for providing this giveaway! I’ve been eyeing the Cuisinart ice cream maker for so long. By the way I just read your chocolate cup post and thanks so much for the idea! I’ll definitely be topping them with ice cream

  73. Liz M. permalink
    February 14, 2011 5:45 PM

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d love to get a cuisinart fondue pot!

  74. February 14, 2011 7:18 PM

    I would get an fire extinguisher————KID466112-UFK1003.html

    tahearn at roadrunner dot com

  75. bekah permalink
    February 15, 2011 7:24 AM

    A good bread knife!

  76. February 15, 2011 1:51 PM

    The tart looks wonderful! It’s getting added to my recipe to-do list.

    If I won I would finally buy baking mats so that I’m not running out to buy parchment paper once a week!


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