Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TWD: Tartest Lemon Tart

I love a good citrus dessert. You put lemon, lime, or orange into a dessert, and I'm eating it. I especially love lemon. Lemon cake. Lemon pudding. Lemon sorbet. Lemon bars. Lemon cookies. I love me some lemon.

I was intrigued by this recipe because it calls for a whole lemon. Well, you should take out the seeds first.

The crust couldn't have been simpler. It's basically a cookie crust that gets pressed into the tart pan. Dorie recommended the almond version, but I went with the regular version.

I'd read that some of the other bakers found the tart to be too bitter because of the pith from the lemon. Some recommended blanching it. I peeled my lemon into fairly thick slabs. Then I cut away a decent portion of the pith and followed the rest of the recipe from there. To finish it off, I dusted it with powdered sugar.

The end result was very good. It was just lemony enough with a touch of sweetness. I'm pretty sure that this will go into rotation. I wonder what it would be like with an orange or a lime instead....

Here it is cooling and unadorned.


And here is the finished tart.


Mmmmm. Don't you just want some? Here's your slice.


Thank you to Babette of Babette Feasts for choosing such a bright, summery dessert. Go check out her blog for the recipe. Or better yet, go buy the book and bake along!

20 comments:

Peggy said...

Yours looks simply fabulous and perfect as always!! Great job. We loved this one.

Babette said...

Very pretty crust. The edges look almost lacy. Glad you liked it.

Teanna said...

Mmmm... I totally want some! THat looks gorgeous!

Cathy said...

This is a great dessert for citrus lovers! Glad you enjoyed - your tart looks great!

Cristine said...

Your tart looks wonderful!

Fit Chick said...

Beautiful tart and I am sure it tasted great, I know mine did, LOL.

Linda said...

Great job on your beautiful tart! Orange or lime sounds fantastic as well. I made a grapefruit version, and it was way bitter (no pith next time).

Flourchild said...

Yum it looks great to me!

Kayte said...

Oh, that looks most delicious. I love the powdered sugar version...very attractive. I didn't have a vote, when it comes to whipped cream around here, the guys vote hands down on that version...and lots of it. Very beautiful!

Megan said...

Yes, I'll take a slice, because clearly I did something wrong!

Cakelaw said...

I like the idea of trying this with other citrus as well - it was a goodie.

Pamela said...

I used the regular crust too and I really enjoyed the way the tart came together. So good!

Madam Chow said...

Your tart looks beautiful! And I share your curiosity - I almost made this with an orange, but I wasn't quite sure how much to use.

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

Great results! Your tart looks lovely with the powdered sugar on top. I hope you blog about other citrus experiments!

What's for Supper? said...

I wish that I would have taken the pith off. I think that we would have liked it a lot more. Yours looks great!

Secret Server said...

That looks beautiful with the powdered sugar and such a pretty color. The pith on my lemons was so thick, I could just peel it off, so I knew i had better get rid of it, and was glad I did because I loved this tart.

Heather said...

A perfect pie! Lovely work!

Tracey said...

Your tart looks lovely! I'd definitely like some, especially since my tart wound up being quite bitter!

lainie said...

OK...YUM. That looks really good. How does it taste in comparison to a lemon bar?

TeaLady said...

Beautiful tart. I thought the powdered sugar was just right to tone down the very tart tart. I didn't discard any of the lemon and it wasn't bitter at all. Glad you enjoyed it.