Chocolate & Lime Curd Mascarpone Tarts

5 Star, Tart | 23rd May 2011 | By

Some time ago now I bought four little tart cases which I’ve been wanting to bake with, but somehow haven’t managed until a couple of weeks ago. As soon as I made the lime and ginger curd though, I knew I wanted to use it in a tart with chocolate pastry to contrast with that beautiful yellow. But how to do it? Just the lime curd on its own would be too intense. It needed toning down and mascarpone seemed like the right thing to do it with. CityHippyFarmGirl has been trying to get me to use mascarpone for a while now and I’ve certainly been inspired by her use of it – she even makes her own. So the big question was, did I put a layer of mascarpone at the bottom and top it with the curd or did I mix the two together? Visually, the tarts would have looked better topped by the curd, but taste wise, I thought it would work better mixed. So this is what I did:

  • Creamed 175g unsalted butter with 70g castor sugar.
  • Mixed in 175g plain flour, 60g semolina, 20g cocoa and a pinch of salt.
  • Bought it together with my hands and kneaded briefly until all ingredients were incorporated.
  • Rolled out on a flour service to about 1/2 cm thick. Cut four circles from a small saucer and pressed these into 4 9 cm buttered tart tins with push up bottoms.
  • Trimmed the edges with a knife.
  • Bought all the scraps together and rolled out again to the same thickness, then cut out into heart shaped biscuits which I placed on a lined baking tray.
  • Baked tarts and biscuits at 180C for 10 minutes.
  • Left to cool.
  • Mixed 250g mascarpone with 4 tbsp of lime curd.
  • Divided the mixture between the tart cases.
  • Blobbed some lime curd over the surface in an, ahem, arty sort of way.
  • Scattered a little grated chocolate over the tops – using my new grater.

The mascarpone lime curd filling was delicious – I could quite easily have eaten the bowlful that I’d made, thankfully I managed to restrain myself. I’m glad I did, because as I’d imagined, it paired extremely well with the chocolate shortbread and was truly delicious. It wasn’t as intensely sherbety as the lime curd buttercream I made, but the flavour was still zingy.

CT, who had no idea what these were before tasting them, identified the crust as shortbread straight away. He likes shortbread. He thought the lime was riding the crest of the creaminess and it tasted like real lime too. The contrast of texture & flavour was superlative and it made him want to roll it around in his mouth again and again with his eyes closed. To conclude, he thought it was a superior cheesecake and was pleased to get to eat a whole one all by himself, even if it was rather small.

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    aforkfulofspaghetti
    23rd May 2011

    I can imagine that those are heavenly – fabulous combination of flavours! I think fruit curds are due a revival… perhaps your tarts will help with that! :)

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    Hanna
    23rd May 2011

    I seriously shouldnt have looked at this post before breakfast! Even more hungry now! Pastry looks amazing!

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    Suelle
    23rd May 2011

    These little tarts look delicious, and it’s a very simple way to make a cheesecake dessert!

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    Dom at Belleau Kitchen
    23rd May 2011

    ahh, these look heavenly Choclette, I love the light creaminess of them combined with the heavy shortbread crust, simply divine… I really want one now!!

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    Johanna GGG
    23rd May 2011

    look lovely – I had thought maybe you would have the lime curd on the bottom covered by marscapone – that would look great when you bit in (or would it just ooze)

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    Alice
    23rd May 2011

    These look wonderful, definitely one I’ll try at some point!

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    Xinmei @ Pudding Pie Lane
    23rd May 2011

    I’m absolutely addicted to lemon curd so I’m sure I’ll love these too! I’ve always been meaning to make tarts, hope they turn out as lovely as yours did :)

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    Maggie
    23rd May 2011

    These tarts look wonderful and would definitely be a hit with me!

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    hopeeternalcookbook
    23rd May 2011

    I made some of the Lime & Ginger Curd last week and it was delicious – perhaps I ought to have a go at these tarts too. Only problem is I am trying to lose some weight before I go on holiday – sigh!
    hopeeternal
    ‘Meanderings through my Cookbook’

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    Catherine
    24th May 2011

    They look divine! I’m not a fan of citrus things, but I bet that gorgeous shortbread and mascarpone filling would be wonderful with a cherry type curd too!

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    Hazel
    24th May 2011

    These look like the perfect little treat with a wonderful contrast of textures and flavours!

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    Choclette
    24th May 2011

    Aforkful – thanks for enthusiastic response. I’ve come across some very interesting fruit curds recently – so much to try, so little time.

    Hanna – nothing a good bowl of muesli wouldn’t cure ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Suelle – strangely, I hadn’t thought of these as a cheesecake when making them. It was only when writing up that I got that one sussed :-S

    Dom – dead simple and would be great at one of your events done in small little jam tart tins.

    Johanna – oozing is fine by me. I did wonder as to the best way of doing these, but didn’t think about your way. Nice idea.

    Maria – thank you. Chocolate and lime have become one of my new passions ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Alice – so worth trying.

    Xinmei – I’ll be watching your blog to see what wonderful tarts you come up with.

    Janice – thank you

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    Choclette
    24th May 2011

    Maggie – thank you. Am now thinking they’d be rather good as dainty little bites, although I do quite like the idea of being able to get truly stuck in too :)

    Hopeeternal – glad you made the curd and even more glad you enjoyed it. How about having the tarts as a treat when you get home to assuage those post holiday blues ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Now Serving – thank you.

    Sarah – yes do make some curd. So many lovely things to do with it – on toast is pretty good :)

    Catherine – I bet you are right there. Liking the idea of cherry curd.

    Karolina – good news. Thank you.

    Hazel – thanks. They could probably be littler, but I’d only have had two if they had been.

    Jay – thanks for the comment and thanks for following.

    MCB – thank you

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    Baking Addict
    24th May 2011

    These look so cute, I want some mini tart tins too! The flavour combination sounds delicious.

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    LF
    25th May 2011

    Looks gorgeous! I am on the look-out for mini tart tins. They are good both for sweet and savoury.

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    Choclette
    25th May 2011

    Baking Addict & LF – thank you. These tins were one of the better buys I’ve made – well worth having.

    CC – thank you kindly – I shall be using the chocolate shortbread pastry again. Just need to think of a few more things to fill the tarts with. Not too difficult a task I suspect.

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    Jill@MadAboutMacarons
    25th May 2011

    Hmmm. Chocolate lime sounds fantastic – but with that lime and ginger curd, too? Heaven! Love the combination of flavours in there. You’ve described it so well that I feel I just tasted one. Merci !

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    Ananda Rajashekar
    26th May 2011

    trust me I’m dead seeing those tart, mascarpone is my current obsession! can’t get enough of it…ur tarts are darn cute!

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    C
    26th May 2011

    They look fabulous – a great use of the chocolate shortbread recipe, the tins and the curd. Lovely combo!

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    Choclette
    27th May 2011

    Jill – Excellent, thank you. A virtual tasting is a great way not to feel guilty ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ananda – You can probably tell, I’ve got the mascarpone obsession now too!

    C – thank you. Sometimes (quite often in fact) the simpler things are the best.

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    cityhippyfarmgirl
    27th May 2011

    So are you converted? :-)
    These look beautiful. I might have to play with something similar. Curd is such a delicious thing to put in anything. My trouble is if it’s in the house, I have a naughty habit of eating it just with a spoon and it doesn’t actually get anywhere near a dessert.
    So will mascarpone be back?

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    Choclette
    28th May 2011

    CityHippy – Am I converted? I can’t get enough of the stuff and have used it several times already. Naughty habits such as these should be encouraged I reckon ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Choclette
    12th August 2011

    Aarthi – thank you for your kind comment and apologies for taking so long to spot it!

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