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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Lemon Tart

I love lemons! The color, the freshness and well basically everything about them. They brighten up any meal and always manage to make me smile. This was actually my first time making a lemon tart….I know, I say I love lemons so much but I never actually made a tart out of them, I promise I’m telling the truth! That’s probably because I always thought it would be hard since I had never made a Pâte Brisée.
I had a great afternoon eating lemon tarts with my wonderful friend N, when she said “Why don’t you make these? They’re so good and they’re my favorite!” You know, I never really thought of making lemon tarts and it’s true, they are simply delicious. So I got that feeling of excitement I always get when I am introduced to a brand new recipe. And I went to my kitchen and began making my own lemon tarts.
I began making the Pâte Brisée, which is wonderful pastry dough that happened to surprise me. It was extremely easy to make. It was basically just like the pastry dough that I made for the Apple Tarts, with the addition of an egg yolk which makes the dough extra rich. It is really important to chill your dough for a minimum of 30 minutes, that way it will be extremely easy to rollout, and you wont have a hot mess on your hands. 
The lemon curd filling was my favorite part of this experience. It was a wonderful shade of yellow, tasted so fresh and had a wonderful scent of citrus. The only slightly bothering part about this filling was standing in front of the stove stirring the mixture constantly for 12 minutes or until it was thickened. But it got there, and it was beautiful. I let it chill in the fridge because I love all my desserts extra cold. After filling my tart shells with the chilled filling, I let them cool completely in the fridge and the lemon curd sets and becomes the perfect consistency. Lovely. 
I love tarts. I know my last post was an apple tart, but in my eyes these two are entirely different tarts with equal importance. I am proud to say that these tarts came out well! For my first time, not bad! And the great things about these lemon tarts is that you can make all the components in advance and just assemble them right before serving. 

For all you lemon lovers out there!


Go on, have a Petit Treat!





18 comments:

  1. OH MY GOD, I am drooling just looking at your tarts! Good job Chris, I haven't tasted them yet but they look absolutely De-Licious. Hope you left me a piece :)

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  2. dear christiana, wow. i love your blog. these pictures are amazing! excellent, i will be back :)

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  3. Welcome to the wonderful world of food blogging, Christiana! Wow, your blog is absolutely stunning. Stunning! Your pictures are amazing and I love your style. Will be following you for sure. :)

    Meanwhile, I adore lemon tarts ... the lemony-er the better. These look excellent!

    Thanks so much for you kind comment on my blog ... its nice to meet you!

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  4. Thanks so much for coming by my blog:) I love all your delish looking pictures! i'll be following!

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  5. Wow these look amazing! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  6. Glad the pastry came together well for you! It's always fun to try something new and have it work out. Those tarts are beautiful (I'm seriously jealous of that heart shaped pan) as is your blog- yum!

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  7. Thanks for visiting my blog, and for all you nice comments. Love your photo's! The treats look so yummy and cute! Good luck with your blog!

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  8. I love lemons too! Your photos are so bright and cheerful - perfect to brighten this dreary end of winter.

    Your blog is beautiful.

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  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for your sweet compliment! I like your site, and these tarts look fabulous. Funny I just posted a lemon treat, too.

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  10. Love your blog! My husband and I aren't big bakers, but your recipes look lovely and sound easy to follow. This lemon tart had me drooling. And the mini red velvet cakes?!?!? A must try! I'll add you to my foodie favorites!!!

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  11. Hello and thanks for stopping by pastry studio. Love the simple beauty of your photos. Hope you enjoy every moment of baking and blogging!

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  12. Tarts are the best, especially if the crust is good!
    Yummy photos!

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  13. I just so love the colour of these lemon tarts - I'm sure they taste fantastic too!

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  14. You have such a beautiful blog! SO happy I found you :) Keep it up girlfriend! xx

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  15. P.S. please let me know how you get such great lighting and backgrounds! I am dying to know :)

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  16. How lovely those pics! I'm sure the tarts were delicious!

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  17. Hi!

    love your tarts... so pretty to look n must be yummy to eat. lemon 'heart' tarts looks gr8 too.
    Loved surprising my friends with these :)
    Lemon Cake, Lemon Tarts ~ Happy Anniversary Shikha & Sujith n Surprise for Sharad

    Cheers,
    The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
    Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

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