Tuesday, April 8, 2008
TWD- Most Extraordinary French Lemon Cream Tart
This weeks recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie came from Mary of Starting from Scratch- she has some great photos on her blog and I'm going to try some her vegan recipes, though I'll probably need to make some hot dogs on the side for the guys, lol. The Most Extraordinary French Lemon Cream Tart. Doesn't that just sound delicious? I had a few bumps along the road but it was tasty anyways. All the men were busy on Saturday night so the ladies headed over to my Aunt's to bake together.
I made the cream beforehand so it could chill and be nice and set by the time it was ready. I didn't have a problem getting it to the right temperature and I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to whisk. I have bad wrists anyways so I almost used the whisk attachment on the hand mixer but this was perfectly fine to do by hand, even for me. My good pan was in storage and my Mom threw out her tart pans years ago apparently (she keeps everything, but not what I needed this time!) so I headed to my Aunt's with my ingredients in tow and crossed my fingers that she would have a pan. She makes the most amazing pies so I knew if it came to that, I could use a pie tin. She did have a spring form pan, but not a food processor (no blame there... mine is in storage) so my Mom wielded the pastry cutter while Kristi and I made Nutter Butter Truffles (yes they were delicious, but my biggest loser girls should be proud to know I didn't eat a single one!)
As for the tart, I thought the dough was overly crumbly but it pressed into the pan okay eventually and tasted good. We had some oven temperature issues so I think the product was less than it could have been in the perfect oven with the perfect tart pan. Even so, when they guys got home, everyone had fun chatting and licking their plates clean. I think I'll file this recipe away for something fancy and beautiful to make later on. The lemon cream was SO good straight out of the pan that I think it's best I don't make it often (especially with the 2 1/2 cubes of butter!- I didn't tell anyone eating it there was so much. LOL.)
The recipe is over at Starting from Scratch. Check it out and the other great TWD entries!