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Lime Tart with Coconut Graham Cracker Crust and Meringue

Course Dessert
Keyword lime tart
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
chilling time 6 hours
Total Time 2 days
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

Coconut Graham Cracker Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup raw shredded coconut
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons coconut oil softened
  • 1 egg room temperature, whisked

Lime Coconut Filling

  • 1 whole egg
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup canned coconut milk use the cream on top of the can with a little liquid and whisk until smooth
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons natural powdered green food coloring optional garnish

Italian Meringue

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

Instructions

Coconut Graham Cracker Crust

  1. Lightly grease a 7 x 11-inch rectangle tart pan with coconut oil. In a food processor, pulse together the graham cracker crumbs, shredded coconut, sugar, and salt until the mixture resembles sand in texture. (You can use a blender to make the crust, but a food processor works better).
  2. Add the coconut oil, then pulse until combined, then add the egg and pulse until the dough comes together. Press into the tart pan to form the crust. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

Lime Tart Filling

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together the egg yolks and sugar at medium low speed until the mixture lightens in color to a pale gold, stopping to scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as-needed, about two minutes.

  2. Switch to the paddle attachment, and with the mixer going at low speed, add the coconut milk. Then add the lime juice, then lime zest and optional food coloring and mix until combined, scraping down the sides of bowl as-needed. Tap the bowl on counter to release any air bubbles, then place the crust on lipped baking sheet and pouring the filling into the crust. Bake at 325 until the filling is juuust set, about 25 to 30 minutes. Remove and allow to cool to room temperature.

Italian Meringue

  1. Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium low heat until dissolved. Raise the heat to high and wait until the syrup reaches 235 degrees Fahrenheit, making sure to NOT stir the mixture.
  2. While the syrup is boiling, beat the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment at medium high speed until there's little bubbles at the top of the egg white mixture. Add the cream of tartar, then continue beating at medium high speed until soft peaks form. Stop the mixer until the syrup has reached the right temperature.

  3. When the syrup is ready, turn the mixer on medium high speed and begin adding the syrup to the egg white mixture in a thin steady stream. Continue beating until the meringue is glossy and holds a stiff peak.
  4. For a more rustic look, simply spoon the meringue on top of the cooled tart. For a more polished look, add the meringue to a piping bag fitted with a medium star tip and pipe the meringue onto the surface of the lime tart in small star shapes + larger rosette swirls. Use a kitchen torch to "toast" the meringue until lightly golden at the tips, then place the tart in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (overnight works best) before serving. Keep chilled.