Lemon Lime Tart with Strawberries

I like things that are easy. Especially when I am pregnant. If a dinner takes a million steps to prepare…I’m probably opting for a carry-out meal from our favorite restaurant. Picked up by my husband of course because I’m probably still in my sweatpants at dinnertime. You would be too if you felt like you had the worst hangover ever for 3+ months straight.

Not that I know what a hangover feels like, but I’ve heard they are not very fun.

Anyways, this tart is easy to make. And it has sugar and fruit in it which are two of the only things I can stomach lately. To be honest, this tart is really good but I’d love to just eat the crust. It is so tasty. I love shortbread. I really want to fill it with chocolate ganache. Yep, I’m going to gain a thousand pounds with this pregnancy.

Lemon Lime Tart with Strawberries
adapted from Kroger ad

for shortbread crust

3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend ingredients until a dough forms.
2. Spray a 9- or 10-inch tart pan with cooking spray and then pat dough into tart pan.
3. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Let cool completely.

for filling

5 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup total lemon and lime juice (about half and half)
1 tablespoon lemon and lime zest (about half and half)
strawberries for topping, or any other berries

1. In a mixer, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar, eggs, juice and zest (one ingredient at a time) until blended and smooth. Will be runny.
2. Pour into tart shell and bake for 25 minutes or until set. Cool in fridge for at least one hour, top with berries before serving. Leftovers must be refrigerated.

Verdict: I really liked this! It was quite tart, so if you’re not a fan of tart things, I would either up the sugar a bit or top with some confectioners sugar. Pretty and sweet. Win-win. OR mix the berries with sugar, let sit 10 or 15 minutes, so they macerate a bit and form a syrup. Then add them. This would sweeten up the whole shebang just enough.
Husband’s take: Too sour for him. He wasn’t a fan. My parents tried this and liked it though, so it wasn’t a total loss.
Changes I would make: I think my tart pan is a 9-inch pan and the crust was very thick for the amount of filling. Actually, the filling didn’t even all fit. So I would either use a larger (10-inch) pan or reduce the amount of crust slightly.
Difficulty: Easy. Because otherwise I’m not doing it.



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  1. I loooove citrus desserts, and a shortbread crust makes this just up my alley! The more tart, the better, in my opinion :)

  2. I can’t wait to make this. It looks VERY good!

  3. I’m a lover of shortbread and tart things too…so this is definitely for me!

  4. The tarter, the better, in my opinion! And pregnancy is for gaining weight, right? That’s why I probably would have eaten this entire thing!

  5. Yum! I love things that are tart and easy so i bet this one would work for me

  6. mmm! This combo of sweet and tart sounds fabulous! I am a key lime pie connoisseur, so I bet I would love this!

  7. This looks amazing, and I love the photos! And your description of the world’s longest hangover made me lol – too true, I’m there :)

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! And I like things easy too – the only difference is I’m not pregnant!

  9. This looks great to me! I love my citrus tarts nice and tart :) That was a lot of “tart” in that last sentence.

  10. This looks awesome! I too love easy desserts and shortbread!! I’m sorry you’re still feeling so yucky. One of the beauties of being pregnant is eating what tastes good. Bring on the sugar!!

  11. This is beautiful! I love how it has a shortbread crust!

  12. I loved this tart–it tasted so much like lemon bars but better. Loved the photo, too!

  13. Oh, this just looks heavenly!! I will have to try this for one of our summer desserts!

  14. You seriously don’t know what a hangover feels like?! In. Sane.

    I would totally love to just eat the crust too. All of it looks awesome but I bet I could house the entire crust in one sitting. Looove shortbread.

  15. Shortbread with chocolate ganache, hello! I mean, lemon is good too, but oh man, you totally have me craving it with ganache now!

  16. This is definitely my kind of tart. I love that lemons and limes and used to make this!

  17. That is a beautiful tart, I especially love the combination of strawberries and lemons, two of my favorite summer flavors :) Love the way you styled the tart too, the blue plate makes the tart look amazing!

  18. I’m all for the easy recipes too and I don’t even have an excuse. I love tart things so I would absolutely inhale this!

  19. Rachel I feel for you… sickies/fatigue… the whole thing. My 3rd pregnancy was god awful 27-28 weeks of feeling like death, but as you know the easy days are right around the corner! On another note… this is such a great summer tart I love anything in a shortbread crust!

  20. Sorry you are so sick! I was sick the entire time with mine, it was awful. Hope you feel better soon!
    This tart looks perfect. Switch up the berries, great recipe!

  21. I love easy tarts! Especially on hot days like this. Gorgeous!

  22. i love super tart desserts! this looks really good and i love how easy it is. i hope your sickness goes away and isn’t like how E’s pregnancy was ;(

  23. Loving the colors, and of course the simplicity. Easy is our watchword too these days. Hope the morning sickness goes away for you, Rachel had it really bad her first trimester last time, then 3rd trimester horrible reflux. I don’t know how you ladies do it but I give you my complete respect and appreciation. This is why I have no problem doing the dishes, the laundry, cooking dinner, any of it. Because I will never have it as bad

  24. Those berries are beautiful! This looks yummy!

  25. This looks so pretty! So sorry that you still aren’t feeling great! I’m hoping the sickness will go away for you soon! I was so sick with my 2nd….I wouldn’t wish it on anyone!

  26. Gorgeous! I love lemon tarts and FINALLY have a tart pan of my own :)

  27. this sounds like just about the best summer dessert EVAH!

  28. Oh yum, this looks so great for summer! Sorry your pregnancy has been tough, I don’t know how I would handle a hangover for 3+ months. I would not be a fun person to be around :)

  29. I love the flavor of lemon in cheesecake, but not so sure about lime!

  30. this tart looks delicious – hope the pregnancy gets easier!

  31. I’m currently obsessing over your plate, I LOVE the blue color with the bright strawberries – seriously beautiful!! Here’s hoping the weeks fly by and you feel better and better!

  32. Really… never a hangover?! We need to fix this in another year or so. lol You know… just for the experience and understanding of course. :) I hope better days come your way soon and you start to have energy again. I know how hard it can be!

  33. What a beautiful summertime dessert. I love the idea of macerating the strawberries on top. My husband always says “masticating” instead of “macerating”. I keep telling him that he’s saying that he’s eating chewed up strawberries, but he can’t keep it straight!

  34. Oh Rachel, it’s just the worst when you feel awful while pregnant! Especially when it’s not your first. Hang in there. And for what it’s worth…. when I was pregnant, I would never have created such a lovely dessert while pregnant…. Plus your photos are beautiful!!!!

    My dad LOVES tart things like key lime pie in the summer, so I’m adding this to my list to try!

  35. You crack me up with not wanting to do anything. I wouldn’t do all you do if I felt that crappy. It won’t last forever and I can sense your humor is poking through.

    I think this tart is lovely. I’m not a big crust person so I’d make it thinner too. It’s really pretty.

    • When you throw up every day, the ONLY option is to keep a sense of humor about it. It is what it is for nine months and then I get a cutie pie. :)

      I always try to remember that it could be worse too. Some women have it way worse. Thanks for the tart love! :) Have a great week!

  36. Beautiful pie, perfect for summer! ;)

  37. Gorgeous tart..it’s so perfect! And the colors are perfect with that plate!

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