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Cherry Lime Tart

A cherry lime tart that is for all citrus lovers. Lime curd, a lime crust and homemade maraschino cherries. Totally worth the work!

A cherry lime tart that is for all citrus lovers. Lime curd, a lime crust and homemade maraschino cherries. Totally worth the work!

A cherry lime tart that is for all citrus lovers. Lime curd, a lime crust and homemade maraschino cherries. Totally worth the work!Cherry Lime Tart

You won’t believe how much work I put into this tart. I made my own lime tart crust and homemade maraschino cherries for it. I had an idea of making a limeade equivalent, but this was so much better. The easy lime curd filling is tart and tangy and the sweet cherries on top are perfect, but this Cherry Lime Tart turned out better than I thought. Not what I was going for, but better 🙂

During the hot summer, I love stopping by Sonic for a cherry limeade and that’s where I got the inspiration from. I love my route 66 drinks with extra cherries!!

A delicious lime curd filling with a lime tart crust and homemade whipped cream and maraschino cherries.

This tart idea took me a long time to get done. I was planning on baking it in the beginning on June before I went on vacation. But that just didn’t get done.  Too many other things got in the way.

Then, the day that I was going to bake the tart crust, I discovered that I had every other pan except for a tart pan!  I had the dough in the fridge, ready to put into the pan, when I went searching high and low in my cabinets, cubbies, hidey holes, drawers, everywhere I could think I might stash the pan… To no avail.

A cherry lime tart that is for all citrus lovers. Lime curd, a lime crust and homemade maraschino cherries. Totally worth the work!

So, I told Mr. Quart that I would be right back and I headed off to Wal-Mart to find a tart pan. No luck there.

On to Kohl’s. Nope, not there either.

Grocery Store A? Nada.

Call over to grocery store B? Ain’t there either!

I finally, had to drive 30 minutes away to Target to get the tart pan! My “Be right back” turned into three hours later!

Have you ever had that happen? It’s so frustrating.

A Cherry Lime Tart that is bursting with flavor!

Once the pan was bought, the crust was baked and the next day, the filling was finally made.  And let me tell you, it was a beautiful filling.

Lime curd made with the whole egg. No egg whites left over in this recipe.

I offset the tart lime flavor with the whipped cream. If I were making this as a pie, I think I’d cover it completely with the whipped cream. I loved the lime with the cherry. I thought the colors were beautiful together and it made a wonderful presentation.

Cherry Lime Tart

Tangy Lime Curd tart with sweet homemade whipped cream and Maraschino cherries are perfect for your summer al fresco dining.

Preparation 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1:30
Serves 1 9inch tart     adjust servings


  • 1 9 inch Lime Tart Crust
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • 4 - 6 limes
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 stick (8 Tbls) unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. Zest 4 of the limes with a vegetable peeler or zester, being careful to avoid the white pith.
  2. Place the zest and sugar in a food processor and pulse for 2 to 3 times. The zest should be very finely minced.
  3. Squeeze the limes to make ½ cup of juice.
  4. Cream the butter with the sugar and lime zest using a paddle attachment adding the eggs 1 at a time, and then add the lime juice and salt. Mix until combined.
  5. Transfer the mixture into a 2-quart saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly for ten minutes until thickened. The lime curd will thicken at about 175 degrees F, or just below a simmer. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 1 hour.
  6. Fill the Lime Tart Crust with the warm lime curd and allow to set in the fridge for three hours.
  7. Make Whipped Cream and add to pie. Top with Maraschino Cherries and enjoy!


Recipe Notes

Lime filling recipe from  Food Network

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This recipe is part three of a three part series including the Lime Tart Crust and the Homemade Maraschino Cherries.

A cherry lime tart that is full of lime curd, a lime tart crust and homemade maraschino cherries.

Get the instructions on how to make your own homemade Maraschino Cherries. No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
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Thursday 23rd of June 2016

This looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

Mandee Thomas

Tuesday 17th of February 2015

Another delicious desert!! Thanks so much for sharing at the Create & Share Link Party. Hope to see you again tonight (7:00 PM MST)!

Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Friday 13th of February 2015

I hate when I can't find the pan I need! Such a pain. Your tart looks so pretty though. I love the colors together. Fantastic. Thank you for linking up to Tips and Tricks. I hope we see you again this week.

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Monday 12th of August 2013

Lime desserts are generally my favorites, and with a cherry on top! oh wow! My mouth is watering!

Karyn Granrud

Monday 12th of August 2013

I love cherry and lime combo as well. I was tempted to add some of the cherries to the lime filling and changed my mind. Thanks for stopping by!

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