Thursday, 7 May 2015

Lemon Tart

Hey all!

I haven't been posting much (what with all this stress) recently although I have been baking quite a bit. I just realized - I haven't shared a recipe in so long! Just guitar tabs and basically apologies... sorry.

It's pretty widely known that the most preferred flavor in the world is chocolate. I will have to admit, I'm not a huge fan. I love a moderate amount, but unless it's 85% cocoa - no thank you. Vanilla is next, followed by strawberry and - you guessed it - lemon. It's a lovely, refreshing flavor, tangy and sweet. In most lemon recipes such as lemon meringue pie or lemon squares, you must first make a lemon curd, a thick custard made with egg yolk, flour, sugar, and lemon juice as its key ingredients. The same thing applies to this rich, decadent lemon tart.


For the lemon curd:
Juice of 3 lemons
Grated rind of 1 lemon
5 tbsp cornflour
1 cup water
1/2 cup white sugar
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp butter

For the shortbread crust:
3/4 cup softened butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour


To make the curd:
  1. Blend the lemon juice and cornflour with a small whisk. Pour into a saucepan and add the water. Bring to the boil, stirring with a whisk until thickened.
  2. Remove from the heat and beat in the sugar, lemon rind and egg yolks. Blend in the butter. Pour into a medium bowl and set aside.
To make the crust:
  1. Combine butter, 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla extract, and salt in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer; mix ingredients thoroughly with a paddle attachment. Mix flour into butter mixture to make a smooth dough. Press dough into a 9-inch tart pan; refrigerate crust for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Bake crust until light golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool completely.
To assemble:
  1. Pour the lemon curd into the pie case. 
  2. Bake at the same temperature for about 20 minutes or until the filling is set. Let cool completely before cutting into slices and serving.

Have fun!

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