Did I ever tell you how excited I was to find my kaffir lime tree a few years ago?
I wasn’t actually looking for it — it just happened to be at my local nursery at the same time I was. Funny how that works — with kaffir lime trees and relationships too — they have a way of finding you when you’re least expecting them :) Needless to say, when I spotted this kaffir lime tree, I was overcome with happiness, thinking about all of the many ways I could use its leaves! Tom yum goong, tom kha gai, and all sorts of Thai curries were now suddenly possible by simply walking outside to my little balcony garden!
Back then, I never once thought that my kaffir lime tree might actually produce limes. I was more than happy just using it for its leaves! But this year, I was surprised once again when buds slowly emerged, flowers grew into little baby limes, and before I knew it, I had gorgeous kaffir limes hanging heavily from the delicate branches of my dwarf tree!
I have all kinds of plans of how to use these kaffir limes, but first on my list were these Thai-inspired mini kaffir lime tarts.
Why kaffir lime tarts? Well, because who doesn’t love lime tarts? And, honestly, because they seemed a little more approachable to me than making my own curry paste (which is definitely still on the list, just saved for a day with a little more time…)
One touch of the kaffir lime and you’ll realize how incredibly potent it is. The zest, especially, emanates with its wonderfully strong limey fragrance. I decided to use the zest of one of these small limes in making my mini tarts and it was just the right amount to get the true flavor and scent of the kaffir lime.
I was really happy with how these little mini tarts turned out… Giddy, really, if you consider that I wasn’t even looking for a kaffir lime tree when I found it a few years ago, much less have it produce limes for me! So if you happen to run into a kaffir lime tree, I’d recommend taking it home with you. You might just find it to be full of wonderful surprises, season after season!