Tuesday, 10 March 2015

My Recipe of the Week: Lemon Tart

My husband had to work all long weekend, which is super tough.  To make him feel a bit better (and to pass the time by myself), I decided that a special, homemade dessert was in order for Saturday night.  I've never made lemon tart before, and Gareth had often mentioned it in passing, so I thought I'd give it a try!

I used this recipe which worked out pretty well!  Here it goes.


Ingredients


  • 1 sheet frozen shortcrust pastry, thawed
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 4 eggs
  • lemon rind, finely grated (about 4 lemons)


Method


I had never used frozen pastry before, so it took me a while to find it in the supermarket.  I managed to separate one sheet, which I let thaw on a plate for about 15 minutes.  Then I put it in a 160 degree (C) oven (fan forced) in the tart pan I had to blind bake.  I put some baking paper on top, and weighed it down with rice and lentils - all I had!

After 15 minutes in the oven, I took off the baking paper and rice / lentil mix, and baked for another 5 minutes.    It came out nice and crispy - but not too crispy!


While I let the crust cool, I mixed together all the other ingredients.  It took awhile to grate the lemon rind, but I think it was worth being fresh juice.  Then I poured the mix into the baked tart pastry.


I baked the tart for another 35  minutes.  It was difficult to know when it was done  - I just waited until it felt kind of like it had a bit of solidness to the lemon mixture.  I let it cool down on the stove top.


I'm pretty happy with how it came out, but next time I would use a smaller tart pan, because it was fairly thin.  A higher lemon to pastry ratio would be better.  A few places also collapsed a little - maybe I didn't mix the ingredients enough?  It wasn't a big deal though.


When I served it, I dusted the slices with icing sugar, and served with whipped cream.   Just FYI - whipped cream is SO much better than store bought double cream.  Gareth gave it a thumbs up!




What is your best home made dessert?

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