At the outset, allow me to wish my fellow muslim readers (and chefs-in-training) a (somewhat belated) Eid Mubarak. Eid (much like Christmas or any other religious holiday) is an occasion in and of itself which beckons any person worthy of holding a spatula into #themidnightkitchen (please, don’t excuse the pun).
As things go on most religious and family holidays, to which Eid is no exception, my family follows a tradition of its own. Although, to be very honest, it tends to be not so much a tradition as much as it actually is a silent bake off – a friendly family rivalry if you will. Our family gathers at my aunt’s home, where any family member worthy of holding a spatula rivals the next on what has been brought to the table (quite literally, I’m afraid). Save to say that on this Eid the competition was quite tight with a spread fit for a feastival. My family had outdone themselves, with much more to go around than just compliments on a job well done.
Personally, my contribution to the table (no pressure or anything on my part), manifested itself in a glorious key-lime tart (appropriately unconventional, yet very much welcomed). A key-lime tart aptly appeases the taste buds (and the tummy), particularly after a marathon day of eating. It’s perfectly suited to blend flavours of sweet and sour/tangy, occasioned by the condensed milk and lime juice and zest undertone. A mix of crushed digestive biscuits held together by a blob of butter forms the base of the tart (arguably healthy, perhaps).
All in all, this tart is the perfect and appropriately unconventional addition to the table at any religious/ family occasion – with Eid being my personal case in point.
Heat the oven to 160C/fan.
Blitz the biscuits until they are fine crumbs
Add the melted butter to this to combine the biscuits
Press this into the base of a 22cm loose-based round tin.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
Whisk the egg yolks well
Add the condensed milk, and whisk for about 4/5 minutes
Add the zest and juiced lime
Pour the filling into the base and bake for another 15 minutes
Allow it to cool (even if it doesn’t seem set, it will later) and leave in the fridge overnight for best results (or roughly 3 hours).