• Lara Flanagan

Lime Cream Tart

Obviously I am continuing my tart obsession and combining it with another obsession – citrus! This lime cream tart was heavenly. Just the right amount of tang with a melt in your mouth ‘buttery’ olive oil pastry. God I love beautiful food!

Lime Cream Tart

Olive Oil Pastry

The key to this pastry is to keep everything cold. When cold, the pastry is easy to work with. You can even make it the day before if you are organised enough and let it chill in the fridge overnight.

About an hour before beginning the recipe, pour the olive oil into a container and place it in the freezer. Freeze until solidified.

I use a food processor when making the pastry. I find it is fast and easy, and it keeps everything cool.

2 ½ cup plain flour

2 tablespoon caster sugar

2/3 cup olive oil – partially frozen, see above

4 – 8 tablespoon iced water

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

In your food processor, place the flour and the chilled olive oil and then process until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mix 4 tablespoons of the water with apple cider vinegar. Pour into the processor while it is processing and then add additional water until mixture forms a ball. Wrap the dough in cling film and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes

After 30 minutes, pre-heat the fan-forced oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Roll out the pastry and use it to line a 10-inch loose-bottomed fluted tart tray. Once the shell is lined with the pastry, prick the bottom with a fork, cover with baking paper and pie weights and blind bake for 30 minutes. Remove paper and weights and cook for a further 10 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool but leave in the tart tray.

Lime Filling

2 cups raw cashews – soaked for at least 4 hours

1 cup lime juice

1 cup water

1 ½ teaspoon agar agar powder

6 tablespoons maple syrup

Zest of one lime

Blend drained cashews, lime juice, zest & maple syrup until ultra-smooth. Do not rush this part as it is better to blend for longer to ensure there is no granulation from the cashew nuts.

Combine water and the agar agar powder in a small saucepan, whisk and bring to boil. Immediately reduce heat and cook for two minutes on a low heat and continue whisking for the duration. (Make sure you cook this for two minutes as the cooking time is part of the thickening process.)

Add the agar-agar water to the lime cream and blend until well combined and ultra-smooth.

Add mixture to the tart base and leave in the fridge until set.

NB. Agar agar powder is a vegan gelatin substitute made from seaweed. You can source it from your local health food store, (I get mine from Tenterfield Health), and in these crazy times, if you can’t get to a health food store, you can order it online.

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