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Microwave dessert?! Make Alex Guarnaschelli's gingery citrus tart — yes, really

This recipe, which is somewhere between a lemon bar and key lime pie, reminds me how versatile the microwave is!
/ Source: TODAY

This is a simple recipe that can be baked in the oven in about twice the length of time. I will admit that I use the microwave to melt and warm things most of the time but this is a fun and easy recipe that I turn to from time to time. It’s like somewhere between a lemon bar and a key lime pie. It is always good to have a few microwave recipes when the holidays take up so much oven space. It reminds me how versatile the microwave is!


  • 1½ cups ginger snap cookies, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 7 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • One can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Marmalade or fresh raspberries, for serving (optional)
Alex Guarnaschelli microwave citrus-ginger tart
Emi Boscamp / TODAY


Make the crust: In a medium bowl, combine the ginger snaps, cinnamon and butter. Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8x8 microwave safe dish. Set aside.

Make the filling: In the same bowl, whisk together the orange juice, lemon zest, lemon juice, condensed milk and almond extract. Pour the filling on top of the crust.

Cook: Place the dish in the microwave and cook on medium to high heat for 10 minutes. Open the oven and if still not completely cooked, cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle with the almonds as soon as it comes out of the microwave.

Optional: Cut it into wedges and serve with marmalade or fresh raspberries.