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Lime Tart Delight

Festivities have started! Time to polish those sweet making skills……..Bring out the pans, the whipping cream, and let’s have a party! One of my dearest friend put together an awesome potluck Diwali Party. My contribution was a lime tart and it was wonderfully greeted with hungry smiles!

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

  • 1 1/2 cups graham crackers crumbs (food process)
  • 5 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup ground almonds

Filling:

  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1/2 cup lime juice (use Florida key limes for their tartness and aroma rather than the Persian ones that are readily available)
  • 1 tbsp grated lime zest

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp grated lime zest
  • Fresh berries – blackberries and raspberries; lime wedges

PREPARATION:

  • Food process graham crackers, butter, ground almonds and sugar. Pulsate to mix.
  • Press onto the bottom and sides of a greased 9″ tart pan.
  • Bake at 325* for ~ 15 min or until the edges are lightly browned.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, milk, lime juice and zest. Acidic reaction between the lime juice and condensed milk will cause it to thicken.
  • Pour over crust. Continue to bake for 12 – 14 min.
  • Cool on wire rack until warm enough to handle to transfer to a serving plate. Tart crust should be warm to remove from the tart pan intact.
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hrs
  • In large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken
  • Add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form
  • Fold in sour cream and grated lime peel
  • Spread whipped mixture over tart
  • Then garnish with the berries and lime wedges

*Note:

  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Nutrition facts: 1 slice = 288 calories
  • Try; fold in 2 tbsp coconut powder for the topping spread
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Tropical Fruit Smoothie


As a special request from India, here is a yogurt based smoothie that is healthy and tastes good. What a better way to start a the day than with a healthy energized smoothie!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 large ripe mango (preferably not stringy) – peel and cut chunks
  • 1 cup pineapple (Dole brand – chunks in its own juice)
  • 1/2 banana
  • 2 cups coconut milk (Freshly squeezed or Trader Joe’s Original)
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 3 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 3 tbsp blue agave or 1 cup fresh squeezed cane sugar or to taste
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice

PREPARATION:

  • Blend hemp seeds with pineapple until smooth.
  • Then add mango, banana and coconut milk until smooth.
  • Lastly add yogurt and ice and pulsate until mixed.
  • Garnish with a cherry.

*Note

Can flavor the smoothie with few drops of vanilla, cardamom, almond or rose water extract if desired.

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