Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TWD--Tartest Lemon Tart

If you like lemons, lemon bars, lemonade, Lemonheads, lemon tart, anything lemon--this week's Tuesday's With Dorie recipe, page 336 in her Baking book, chosen by Babette of Babette Feasts is for you!  Kevin and all the boys like lemony-sour-tart things so I had high hopes for this.  I also took half of it to my Thursday night-Survivor night with some friends.  They all really liked it.  Kevin liked it, the boys only ate a little, but liked it, too.  And I liked it.  I liked it more than I thought I would and the interesting thing is that I made this on a Thursday and it was good, but Sunday night, we finished off the rest of it and I thought it was even better three days later.  I've always just kind of liked lemon bars okay (give me chocolate any day).  The lemon bars I've had always seem to have a strange, metal, egg-y taste.  This Tartest Lemon Tart--is GREAT!

Thanks, Dorie and thanks, Babette.  I'm happy to have this as a great go-to non-chocolate dessert!

Dorie suggested for this recipe that we use the Sweet Tart Dough with Nuts, but I pretty much completely forgot the nuts and just made the Sweet Tart Dough (page 444 of her book).  This is a wonderful tart dough and the few times I've made it, comes out perfectly.  I only have an 11 inch tart pan (the recipe calls for a 9 inch pan), so I made one and one-quarter of the recipe.  I only prebaked the tart 20 minutes.   

The lemon filling uses whole lemons--the whole thing, well, not really whole lemons sitting on top of a tart mind you, but cut into small pieces, then pureed. ;)  Was it going to be lemon overkill?  Dorie assured us that it would be not only edible, but taste awesome.   I whipped up the filling in no time, also making one and one quarter of the recipe, hoping it was enough to fill the 11 inch tart pan.  I used one whole very large lemon and one whole much smaller lemon.  I don't know if the filling was as thick as it should have been, maybe I should have one and a half timed the recipe, but the tart turned out great.  It bubbled in the oven, just as Dorie said it would.

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Cooling--

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Ready to serve and eat--

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I ended up being in a hurry with some of these photos, especially the final individual serving, so I know they don't look as good as the tart tasted, but it was REALLY good and really lemon-y.  I even whipped up some REAL cream to serve with it.  (Only after first whipping the first batch until it turned to butter while I got after the kids for something.  As soon as I saw that it was almost butter, I threw in some salt and it actually really is butter and tastes good.  Who knew?  ;)  After successfully whipping some more cream, I served it up.

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It was great without the cream, really--just fine with me as is.

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Because of the quick photography, the whipped cream looks a little curdled, but it really wasn't. 

Thanks again, Dorie and Babette, for the pick.  You can see what all the other TWDers did with this tart by looking at their blogs on the Tuesday's With Dorie blog.   I can't wait to see some of the amazing, creative things I know some bloggers will have done with this tart.  I will surely make this one again sometime.  This will be a great filling to use for many things.  If you really want the recipe, it will be on Babette's blog (linked above).  See ya'll next week.

39 comments:

Megan said...

Homemade butter and a perfect tart? You've really got it going on this week!

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

The picture of the tart cooling looks great :) Makes me want to go and bake this right now.

Amanda said...

Mine bubbled over like a volcano, but it turned out fine after some doctoring :) A little bitter, but I don't think my lemons were of the best quality. DELICIOUS dough!

Pamela said...

It looks fantastic, all of it! Great job.

Eliana said...

Your tart came out so great. It's so bright and cheerful - just what we need as summer creeps up on us.

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Better-Skin-Care.com said...

Looks absolutly scrumpcious. I love lemon. http://howtojewelrymaking.blogspot.com

Kara said...

Looks lovely. Your bubble over wasn't nearly as dramatic as mine was! :) But well worth it, cause I loved this tart!

Cathy said...

I am so glad you enjoyed this Katrina - it looks perfect! I agree, it is nice to have a go-to chocolate dessert. I think this one is perfect for summer!

Kim said...

Looks great. I always joke about making butter when I over-whip the whipped cream but next time I'll have to add some salt and see what happens. Glad the whole family enjoyed it.

noble pig said...

That looks absolutely fabulous. Wow, I love it becuase I love sour!

Amy Franklin said...

What I love is that you have a Survivor watching party! We love that show too! And this season has been really good. Can't wait until the season finale on Sunday!

Jennifer said...

I am exactly the same way, I like lemon-y things, but prefer chocolate but I really, really loved this tart. It was way beyond anything I would have imagined.

PheMom said...

Really beautiful!

April said...

Your tart looks great!

Clivia said...

Love your bubbling pie! Glad you enjoyed.

pinkstripes said...

Your tart looks great. I'm glad you liked it.

Maria said...

Fabulous tart my friend!! I love lemon treats!

vibi said...

What a beautiful, bright and vibrant yellow you got! WOW!

I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to make it again! It does look pretty darn good, Katrina!

Julie C said...

You know, I really love home-baked goodies, but they don't love me. Sigh. But I think I get just as much of a kick reading your blog as I do eating the goodies! I LOVED the lemon tart. Yum!

dessertobsessed said...

i love lemon everything! hahaha, can't believe you accidentally made your own butter!

margot said...

It's good to know that it is great after a couple days. I didn't love it, but now I'm convinced to have another slice. Yours turned out fantastic!

Fabjena(TheBestRecipes) said...

Amazing blog, what an imagination you have! And the cake looks just so wonerful! :))

steph- whisk/spoon said...

looks fantastic! and you got some delicious homemade butter to boot. :)

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

This looks smashing! Brilliant color -- and it held together so nicely when you cut it. Great job! LOL re the butter!! :)

basicallybaked said...

That looks so wonderful. I love lemon desserts and don't make them nearly often enough!
Sue

bakingwiththeboys said...

Ha - I always wondered if it would really taste like butter if you whipped too long...now I know!

Carla said...

Great job on the tart! I didn't have time to make it for this week, but once I get back into baking, I will! I love lemon.

Tracey said...

Your tart looks gorgeous! Too funny about the cream. I've actually been wanting to make homemade butter for a while but haven't gotten around to it yet. Glad to hear it was tasty!

Nancy/n.o.e said...

Your tart looks amazing - check out all that yummy filling! I'd take it plain or with cream (surprise me!). How cool that you made butter too.
Nancy

Lisa said...

yum! I bought some Myer lemons and have been craving something lemon this week.

Lillian said...

I liked it better a couple of days better too -- the chilling really helped. And you didn't burn the edges of your crust the way we did -- very impressive!

Kayte said...

These are the most amazing photos of the most amazing looking tart! Wow...you really outdid yourself on this on...gorgeous, crust, filling, topping, all of it!

AmyRuth said...

I love the flavors of spring, don't you? Amazing Work! Looks so delicious.
AmyRuth

Elyse said...

Mmm, looks delicious Katrina. I mean, seriously, what a perfect-looking dessert. I'm uber-impressed!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Um, yours turned out absolutely perfect and quich photo job? Really, these look fantastic.

TeaLady said...

Nothing wrong with those pics. Tart looks great and delicious. Just made mine today and It. Is. Tart!!! Loved it.

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Yummy! I love lemon tart and this one looks perfect! How did you enjoy your homemade butter? Ahahah!