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Blackberry Key Lime Tarts

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Blackberry + Key Lime is a wonderful combination. I vote we make it the next big thing. Move over lemon raspberry, blackberry key lime is coming to town.

Blackberry Key Lime Tarts - an easy 3 ingredient recipe that's perfect for a party!

Last week, thanks to Pepperidge Farm, I was introduced to these delightful puff pastry cups. Aren’t they cute? More on those in a minute. First I want to talk to you about the time that I had to talk in front of a big group of bloggers and pretend I was doing it without almost having an anxiety attack.


{Photo Credit: The Food Charlatan}

Do I look calm and collected? I sure didn’t feel it. Last week I was asked to host a BBQ at a fellow blogger’s home in honor of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. I jumped at the chance because I love that product but then I realized that, as a hostess, I had to, you know. Be a hostess.

You guys know me by now. I’m an introverts introvert. If I don’t know you chances are I won’t talk to you. Stick me in a room with people I don’t know and there will be lots of uncomfortable silence I do not know how to fill. So when the other hostess said, “And now Dorothy will say a few words,” I wanted to flee.

But I didn’t. I spoke words. Out loud. In front of other people. I didn’t burst into flames. I probably stuttered and gestured with my Italian talking hands a little too much. I can guarantee there were a couple of “uhs” and “likes” thrown in for good measure. I’ll pretend everyone thought I sounded good.

There is a reason why I blog. (Can I get a heck yeah?)

Okay, back to the wonderful combination of blackberry and key lime.

Blackberry Key Lime Tarts - an easy 3 ingredient recipe that's perfect for a party!

There’s just something about the tartness of key limes and the sweetness of the berries that are fabulous together. Have you ever had a blackberry margarita? That’s what got me to thinking about this combination in the first place. Citrus and berry have always gone together, wether in drink or tart form!

You’re going to jaw-drop when I tell you this next part: these tarts have only 3 ingredients.


Lime Curd. (Which you can make using key lime juice or buy at the store, your choice!)

And Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups.

Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups

Have you ever used the cups before? I’ve only ever used the sheets, and only at the holidays. That’s when we naturally think about puff pastry, but as I found out last week, it’s good for recipes all year long. It’s even good for an old fashioned BBQ. My favorite table was the pie table, obvi.

Puff Pastry BBQ (2 of 3)

Mini pies, hand pies, strudel, push pops, all with puff pastry. You can turn all of your ordinary potluck desserts into extraordinary ones with this flaky crust. Check out the freezer section of your grocery store next time you’re there and look for the Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets, Cups, and Shells. Look at how many things you can make with them beyond the appetizer or croissant.

One last shot from the party – the group of us:

Puff Pastry Group shot

Okay, now I’m going to get down to business and tell you how to make these tarts.

Bake. Assemble. Eat.

Yes, they are that easy!

Blackberry Key Lime Tarts

The puff pastry cups come in a pack of 24, which I love because then I can make however many I need. If I’m only having 4 people to dinner I can make 8 tarts. They’re great for portion control that way.

I used my favorite lime curd recipe as the filling in these tarts. I used key lime juice (from the bottle) as the base of the curd. That curd literally takes about 10 minutes to make. You can even whip it up while the puff pastry is baking or make it up to 3 days ahead of time. Or, do what I normally do: buy a jar at the store. Semi-homeade at it’s finest!

Simply top the filled tarts with a blackberry and you have a bite of heaven. Tart, sweet, and crunchy from the pastry, these are the perfect party bite.

Blackberry Key Lime Tarts - an easy 3 ingredient recipe that's perfect for a party!

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Blackberry Key Lime Tarts

Total Time:
30 mins
These easy Key Lime Tarts are made with puff pastry and homemade lime curd then topped with a fresh blackberry for a fun summer treat!


  • 1 box Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Cups — see note
  • 1 recipe Homemade Lime Curd — or a jar of lime curd from the store
  • Fresh Blackberries


  1. Note: make as few or as many of these as you want. The package of puff pastry comes with 24 cups, bake however many you need. One recipe of lime curd will make more than you need for an entire package.
  2. Bake puff pastry cups according to package directions (at 400°F for about 15-20 minutes, then press the center down with a wooden spoon). Let cool for 5 minutes.
  3. Fill with lime curd and top with a fresh blackberry. Best if served the day they are made, but the lime curd can be made up to 3 days ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator.

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14988149933_501b1bfe34_mThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry. All opinions are my own.

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  1. When I was a kid, my mom used to make this tuna cream sauce for pasta or to put over mashed potatoes or…wait for it…in Pepperidge Farm puff pastry cups! No lie. It was one of my favorite dinners. I wasn’t that into the tuna part, but it was worth it to eat the cups. And to eat the tops that you pull out of the cups, too.
    I’m sure they’re much better with dessert. Especially key lime, which I love in anything. I think your blackberry/lime idea is pretty awesome!

  2. I love blackberries and key lime…I don’t know why I’ve never had a blackberry margarita. Maybe my future will be filled with beaches, margaritas, and the sun. 🙂 A girl can dream. Dorothy, I love how easy this recipe is. I’m looking forward to trying these soon!

  3. Sounds like a winning flavor combination for sure!

  4. Sounds like you had a fantastic trip, Dorothy! And these blackberry tarts are just gorgeous! I agree, this dessert should definitely take over all other flavors. Pinned!

  5. First off: HECK YEA. I totally blog because I am a MAJAH introvert too. I feel ya.
    I also feel these tarts. Feel that they should go into my face that is! Lime, blackberry and puff pastry? YES PLEASE.
    Looks like you had such a great BBQ! Pinned!

  6. I totally hear you on the introvert thing, put me in a room full of people I don’t know and its enough to make me feel anxious! I commend you, looks like you were doing a great job! Definitely have to try lime and blackberry together, sounds so good!

  7. Good job on being a hostess, that takes a lot of guts to talk in front of a large group! I know I couldn’t do it. I love how easy and cute these tarts are and I bet they taste out of this world! And I am totally going to have to try a blackberry margarita 😉

  8. My backside made the Crazy for Crust website. I have arrived! Ha. You were an awesome hostess, Dorothy. Such a fun and delicious afternoon. I’ll take 37 of these tarts, please! 

  9. Adorable!

  10. Way to go and face your fears! I am right there with you, I’d have a major anxiety attack if I had to speak in front of a group. You look like you are rocking it though!! 🙂

  11. Love this recipe. This is one of those treats that looks super fancy when you bring it to a party but shhhh is so easy to make!

  12. I am totally behind blackberry and lime being the next big thing! It’s so gorgeous together! And you sound exactly like me. Honestly I wonder how I have friends, let alone a fiancé.. in a room of strangers I will speak to no-one and standing up in front of people? I would die. Great job on hosting the BBQ! 🙂

  13. Dorothy, these look SO good, and fun, and easy! Can’t wait to bring these to the next shower or party I attend! : )

  14. I adore PF puff pastry cups! They make for such a pretty treat! And I am all for the blackberry and lime combo – sounds fantastic! 

  15. I have a recipe with traditional puff pastry coming to the blog tomorrow. However, while shopping for that recipe, I accidentally came home with these cups!! Now I can’t wait to use them for this, yummy 🙂

  16. Ooo, I love puff pastry, especially homemade but if I don’;t have enough time to made it, I buy all butter. These tarts look gorgeous, I love lime and blackberry together. I would fill it with chocolate ganache and top it with a raspberry, yum! 

  17. You were a great hostess. I wouldn’t have know that you were anxious. Anyways, we all had our noses glued to phones and cameras. Btw, these tarts look AWESOME!

  18. Well I gotta say I cannot tell for a second that you look anxiety ridden.  You look cool calm and collected to me.  And I bet you did an amazing job.  Now on to these tarts that have stolen my heart!  Yeah I need these in my life!

  19. You look great! And so do these mini tarts. You and I are both thinking blackberries and lime and we are sooo on track because these look amazing! Love those pastry shells 🙂

  20. Those little puff pastry cups are so perfect for making tasty little bites. Blackberry and key lime are a delicious combination for sure!

  21. I love puff pastry of any kind…so versatile and you made great use here! 

    And you were the HOST! That is impressive. I am not a hosting type. I would have had to have a glass or wine or three to do that 🙂 You look awesome!

  22. I love love love blackberries, and these tarts are adorable. I’m sure you did a great job!

  23. Hahaha, I would MUCH rather write than speak out loud! I get so awkward when I have to do something on stage. I’m sure you were amazing! And I LOVE that these tarts are only 3 ingredients 🙂

  24. I love blackberry and lime, but never thought to put the, together – genius!

  25. I am so not good at speaking, even if it’s to a small group haha!  I’ve never seen the puff pastry cups, but I’m so glad that you shared these!  Love that you used your lime curd in these and the blackberries are such a great touch.

  26. Blackberry and lime sounds like a fantastic combination!  And I’m with you on talking in front of groups of people, makes me want to run away!  🙂

  27. Oh these tarts look very elegant!

  28. Yay!! I am so proud of you for you.  I know how hard that was for you to talk to a group.  I am also in total love with this tart!  I think we were both in a key lime mood this week!

  29. It sounds as though you pulled off your hostessing duties perfectly!  What a beautiful combination of flavors for these tarts.

  30. Well, you look completely calm and collected, so I’m sure no one knew you were freaking out inside.  I blog for the very same reasons.  Put me in a room with people I don’t know, and it is going to be very awkward because I don’t talk!  And those little pastry cups are absolutely adorable.  I have only every used the sheets…that needs to change soon.  And blackberry lime is one of my favorite combos!!!

  31. I need to get my hands on those pastry cups! I love having quick and easy options available for last minute guests!

  32. I hear you. I don’t like talking in front of other people either. Unless someone turned my nerd button on. These tarts, though, they’re crazy. Only three ingredients? Wow. Must make these.

  33. Ha. I am cracking up. I don’t think of you as an introvert…I guess because I know you…therefore we talk. And to be honest, we met…walking down the street in Austin, Texas…we didn’t know each other…and you talked to me…so maybe you’re coming out of your shell?

    These look amazing by the way…let’s face it, puff pastry is kind of the best thing ever invented.

  34. I just barely saw these puff pastry cups at the store yesterday! I debated whether to buy them or just the regular sheets. The sheets won out because I was making sausage rolls and thought the cups might be too desserty for such meaty fare. And you, an introvert? I never would have guessed!

  35. How fun!!

    These look so good, I should try more recipes with puff pastry!

  36. Good job! I’m sure you did great! This key lime and blackberry combo sounds fabulous!

  37. Wow, these look great. I would fill it with custard and top it with chocolate ganache. YUM! 🙂

  38. I’m sure you did great speaking Dorothy! And as usual, very photogenic too! :o)

  39. The great thing about blogging is that you can do it from the comfort of home but it’s also great to get you outside of your comfort zone! I’ve definitely done things that made my knees shake too! I’m so glad it went well for you. 
    And these tarts! So perfect for summer! Love them!

  40. So, lemon + blueberry is usually my forever love, but I certainly wouldn’t turn down down blackberry + key lime action. These tarts are so adorable, fresh and delicious-looking!

  41. Yes…a big HECK YEAH! I was just asked to speak at a blog conference. I guess they don’t know me very well. That would be equal to sleeping in a bed of snakes. So, I am proud of you and I’m sure you did a fabulous job!

  42. I bet you did an awesome job, Dorothy 🙂  I get so nervous talking to large crowds too. And these tarts are just too cute! Anything with puff pastry totally has my heart!  I love the blackberry and key lime flavors! 

  43. it feels so good to face and conquer our fears sometimes!! 
    These look perfect and delicious for any party!!  I’m a huge fan of blackberries, so any excuse to use them in a dessert. I’m all over!

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