Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TWD- Tartest Lemon Tart (sans crust!)

This would have been the perfect Mother's Day dessert. Before that (I love having all the recipes for Tuesdays with Dorie announced early) it would have been the perfect dinner party dessert. However, misreading the instructions (What's that, Dorie, you said partially baked tart crust? I followed your hints and cooked this thing until it was nice and golden brown...) and using my son's naptime on Sunday to nap myself prevented me from making these for either of those events. Instead, I found myself Monday night making this tart in the few minutes I had before my husband got home from work. Since we've gotten into our first real house of our own, my baking even seems to be dictated by the on peak/off peak hours for the electricity (my Dad would be so bugged to know I never learned these things while I was in his house).

So instead of making the time and electricity intensive crust (I don't mind the process at all, I love making tart shells now), I opted to make this beautiful tart into crustless ramekins. I followed the advice to remove the pith but just peeling the lemon with a vegetable peeler to remove the zest in big strips, then peeling the lemon like an orange (discard the pith), removing the seeds and throwing it all into the food processor. I was shocked at how quickly this came together- a few minutes pulverizing and it was smooth and delicious. I poured the cream into buttered ramekins, placed them in a dish with a hot water bath, and baked at 325 for about 30 minutes. After the were about set, I let them cool on the counter before putting them in the fridge for an hour. At this point they were begging for whipped cream, but my little guy has a tendency to rush out of bed if he hears the KitchenAid, so I ate mine without. Wow. This tartest crustless tart was AMAZING. It was thick on top and a little runny on the bottom- not quite puckery lemon but enough to liven things up. You can bet I'm whipping up some cream for tomorrows breakfast. These babies deserve it. Grab the recipe at Babette's and see for yourself (my modifications follow). You can bet I'm making this with a crust in the near future. During off peak hours, of course.

Tartest Lemon Tart

adapted from Baking by Dorie Greenspan
1 1/2 lemons, scrubbed and dried
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
2 large egg yolks, room temp
1 1/2 tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted and cooled (I used room temperature butter, but it's warm in my AZ kitchen!)
Whipped cream

Getting Ready: Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Peel lemon with a vegetable peeler to remove zest. Remove all pith by peeling like an orange, then slice whole lemon in half and pull out seeds. Repeat with the rest of the lemon.

Put lemons and sugar in blender and pulse, blend and scrape down sides until you have smooth mix. Add remaining filling ingredients and pulse and blend until filling is homogeneous. Rap bowl on counter several times to de-bubble filling as much as possible, and pour it into buttered ramekins placed inside a casserole dish. Set into oven and fill the dish with hot water half way up the ramekins. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until almost set. Chill, if you'd like, before serving with cream or dusting of confectioners' sugar.

28 comments:

Fabjena(TheBestRecipes) said...

This one's looking so great! The heart shape suits for it :))

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!

Peggy said...

great job on the ramekins! We really loved this tart. I bet it was just as good without the crust, even though I loved the crust. Happy mother's day to you.

Susan @ SGCC said...

They look beautiful! I tried to make some crustless minis too, and they were a flop! Well done!

Katrina said...

I used the whole lemons and it wasn't bitter at all. Must just be selective lemons. It's iffy enough that I may take the pith out next time, but mine was very tasty. Awesome calorie saving job on the crustless tarts! ;)
Oh, I also LOVE your cute ramekins!

Cathy said...

Good for you for napping when you son napped!! Your crustless tarts are beautiful and every bit as enticing as the crusted ones. Way to avoid those peak electicity hours (funny how paying our own electric bills helps us be mindful of that kind of thing, isn't it?) I'm so glad you loved this, Anne! I agree, a little cream makes the lemon filling just perfect!

Kara said...

Oh what a great idea! I love the creativity. (Although I must admit, I love the crust part as much as the filling part.)

Tracey said...

They look fantastic in the little ramekins! I'm glad it was such a hit for you. Mine was really, really bitter but I didn't remove the pith. Next time I'll take that route :)

Bungalow Barbara said...

Love your lemon custards! What a great idea!

Clivia said...

How lovely your little ramekins are! Glad you found a way to enjoy this recipe!

pinkstripes said...

Your crustless tarts look wonderful. I'm glad you liked them.

Jacque said...

Oh my gosh, those are so CUTE!! I see nothing wrong with crustless tarts. It's usually all about the filling anyway.

Great job!

Maria said...

Those are so cute!! Love them!

Pamela said...

I made one dish without crust and enjoyed it, too! Love the little dishes! Very pretty.

Tammy said...

I loved this filling too. Using the whole lemon was a fantastic way of making it lovely and tart

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Cute ramekins! Neat idea to do them without the crust -- and a few less calories as well! Nice job as always!!

Kayte said...

Oh, I love this idea! They also look very lovely in those little ramekins. Must try this soon.
Kayte
www.grandmaskitchentable.typepad.com

chocolatechic said...

Looks fabulous.

I didn't make it.

Camilla said...

Oh, Anne, this is everything I love in one sweet little pot. I love the idea of a tart without crust (I do the same on occasion with cheesecakes)--my reason is often laziness.

This is on my weekend queue!

Camilla :))

Meg said...

Fun to read your blog. You are quite the cook; very impressive! I'm not much of a cook, but I do get the cooking bug every once in a while and I'll definitely have to try some of these out.

The Food Librarian said...

Love the crustless variety! Sounds much less filled with butter!

J.Danger said...

Love your heart ramekins!

Elyse said...

Sorry that I've been an absent commenter; I just finished up my law school exams and am finally getting around to my google reader. This treat looks fabulous! I actually really love the idea of having this "crustless" tart. Great job!

Kasha said...

Super fun desserts here! I love tarts! Thank you so much! You just seem so cool ! Thanks for this blog! Feel free to stop by my blog sometime!
Kasha
http://grubandstuff.blogspot.com/

TeaLady said...
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TeaLady said...

Tartlettes sans crust look lovely. It was a tart tart. Great Flavor.

Web Development said...

Your husband will love you even more.. congratulations and thanks for the recipe

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thumbs up for a nice work