Tuesday, 12 May 2009

TWD: Tartest Lemon Tart


As the weather is getting hotter in SA, I'm glad that Barbette has chosen a citrusy recipe - tartest lemon tart for TWD this week.

Instead of sweet tart dough with nuts, I prepared a full batch of tart dough without nuts by mistake. I must be half asleep when I read the recipe last night. Anyway, I decided to use the tart dough as it is. I kept it the fridge overnight and continued with the rest of the recipe this morning. I only made a quarter batch of the filling which is enough for three tartlets, and I also remembered to remove the pith before blending the lemon, as some TWD-ers noted that the pith makes the filling bitter.

All went well until the tartlets were taken out of the oven, I stared at them in dismay. I couldn't believe how ugly these tartlets look. The filling spilled all over the tart shells (Dorie mentioned that this will happen) and caved in towards the middle. I think part of the filling had evaporated, as it only reached half the height of the tart shells. To remove the tartlets from the pans, I have to peel off the filling that spilled over, and because of this, the sides of the tart shells were rough and uneven. So I used some whip cream to cover up the tartlets. ;-)

Despite all the grumbling I had, the lemon tart is really yummy. I like anything sour, and so the level of tartness is just right for me. In my opinion, this lemon tart tastes even better than the most extraordinary french lemon cream tart.

As I was in the mood for baking, and given how little time I've spent on the lemon tartlets, I continued to bake some macadamia tartlets, using the leftover sweet tart dough. I'll share the recipe in another post.

In the mean time, head over to Barbette's blog for recipe!

19 Comments:

Snooky doodle said...

decorated like this they look amazing and after all the taste that counts. Nice photo :)

Charli said...

It's amazing how whipped cream makes everything beautiful...and that beautiful server takes it up a notch too! I would have never guessed they came out of the oven looking 'ugly'! I look forward to the macadamia tartlet recipe...I think I have some macadamia nuts to use up ;)

Isabelle said...

quelle belle présentation ! je l'ai trouvée aussi bonne que l'extraordinaire tarte au citron de Dorie, car je l'ai faite avec une garniture assez épaisse...y avait donc tout ce créemeux :)

Amy said...

Beautiful tartlets!! I love the whipped cream on top!

-Amy
www.singforyoursupperblog.com

Sara said...

Whipped cream really is the answer to a world of hurt. They look great, I love the picture.

vibi said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it even better than the most wonderful one... LOL

...and again, I'll reiterate my statement admiring your pictures: you wear your name sooooo well.

Fabulous.

Fit Chick said...

Beautiful tarts, the whipped cream looks great, even if it was used as a cover up, LOL.

pigpigscorner said...

Great way to cover up the 'ugly' parts. Looks yummy!

steph- whisk/spoon said...

who's gonna know? they look fabulous!

Y said...

They look very tasty. Although, based on your experience, I think I might avoid this recipe!

Kim said...

I had the same outcome after making my little tartlets. Not so pretty straight out of the oven but the whipped cream hides everything so nicely. They look great.

~Kimberly said...

I think they look great! Love the serving plate!

Susan @ SGCC said...

I made some minis and had the same problem as you. My large tart turned out fine, though.

You did a lovely job of disguising them. They look beautiful!

Tracey said...

I love your tarts! You've covered up any imperfections because they look perfect. They remind me of little boats :) My tart turned out incredibly bitter.

Helene said...

They look like they are from a bakery. Beautiful! I love your serving plate.

Stardust said...

You've saved the tarts!! Hail Piggy!!

Bear should love to have your tarts instead of my crap. Hehehe..=P

Amanda said...

Wow those look just gorgeous!

food-4tots said...

To me, taste is more important than look. What a creative idea to cover them with cream! Lovely shot!

TeaLady said...

TArts look just right to me. Amazing the 'flaws' that whipped cream camouflages. Love the plate.