Alma Key Lime Tart & Key Lime Madelines from Hawks Cay Resort


This recipe is a favorite of our very own Adventure Girl, Stef Michaels. She found the Alma Key Lime Tart & Key Lime Madelines dessert from Hawks Cay Resort on a trip to the Florida Keys. It was a hard assignment for this sweet tooth dessert loving adventure girl, but she was up for the task of trying many options.

She taste tested many of the famed key lime options at the various restaurants in the middle part of this eclectic island chain., But, she honed in on this is a delectable Madeleiens recipe and a Key Lime tart recipe from Alma Restaurant at Hawks Cay Resort.

The Makings:

Key Lime Tart Crust:
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
Key Lime Tart Filling:
  • 1 Tbsp zest from a Key lime
  • ½ cup juice from Key limes
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 14 oz condensed milk
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
Key Lime Madeleines:
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp juice of Key lime
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • dusting of flour

Let’s Cook it!

Key Lime Tart Filling:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In another bowl, combine lime zest, lime juice, egg yolks, and condensed milk. Mix well.
  3. Pour into crust pan(s) and bake 15 minutes or until set.
  4. Let cool.
  1. In a bowl with an electric mixer, beat egg whites and cream of tartar to form soft peaks. Gradually beat in sugar. Set aside in refrigerator.
  2. Once tart is cool, pipe meringue on top. Then either lightly brown the top of meringue with a kitchen blow torch or put tarts briefly under oven broiler until golden brown.
Key Lime Madeleines:
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. In a bowl using a mixer, beat egg whites, gradually adding sugar until ribbons start to form.
  3. With spatula, fold in flour.
  4. Fold in vanilla extract and Key lime juice.
  5. Coat a madeleine mold with butter and a dusting of flour. Fill each mold ? full with batter.
  6. Bake 10 minutes.

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Serves 6.