Monday, January 23, 2012

Linda's Lovely Lemon Tart~



I recently blogged for joy about finding Meyer Lemons..They look like candy..so bright..so beautiful..I wanted to put them to their highest and best use..
Linda.. e-mailed me and suggested one of her lemon tarts.How nice was that? Out of the blue.Just to share.
I am not easy to persuade..and with w/ these treasures?:) But she is a great cook..she is such a nice person..and took the time to share a special recipe with me..
The next day..I was on a mission:)

We had just had ap. 7 inches of freshly fallen snow..it was 1 degree F outside.. and the sun..which had gone missing..appeared.A perfect nesting..baking cooking day~One thing I love about our kitchen..is the light..Because of it being exposed to almost 3 sides of our home..it benefits from lovely light on sunny days at this time of year when all the leaves are down....never perfect photo light..but perfect mood light.Every season..it changes and every season..when the sun shines..I appreciate it's new light~In the eating area of the kitchen I have :"To every thing there is a season and a time to every purpose in the heaven~"

Right above that natural light.In gratitude.




I made a vintage pork and fruit ragoût.. from the Silver Palate group..can't remember which book..as I printed this one and stuck it at the back of my favorite THE Silver Palate cookbook..I think I have 3 in this type..~?You can see the unsightly lid of my Staub pot on the counter..I like to add a nice Puff Pastry crust on my ragoûts..:) That and whipped mashed potatoes..Mais..c'est bon!
Yogurt and flax seed and Chia for breakfast..broccoli soup for lunch..I think we can safely ..enjoy this:)

I was able to use the lemons.. my microplane..my dandy vintage juicer ..bought at the library sale many many many years ago..For such a small amount of money..it says Sunkist..all faded out.. works..like I do.. a bit of sport to get it going smoothly..Takes all the pits out..is electric.. it looks like my mom's things..that's why I bought it.


And put a new "gift" tea towel to use~

We give this tart a 9.9..That is quite Perfect for us:)

Oh Linda..loved your note..the recipe..your description.
Thank you..
Bisous.

La Recette..Courtesy of Linda..


How nice is she?She didn't even post it yet:) But said go ahead:)

PERFECT LEMON TART

Pictured on the cover of "Luscious Lemon Desserts," by Lori Longbotham, this tart is easy to make. After pre-baking the crust, look for any cracks that the filling could seep through. Make a paste of about 1 teaspoon of flour and 1/2 teaspoon of water, and smear it over the cracks with your fingers to seal them. This recipe uses approximately 4 lemons.

Serves 10.

INGREDIENTS:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 granulated sugar
2 pinches salt (about 1/4 tsp.)
6 large eggs
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup heavy (whipping) cream
Confectioner's sugar for dusting

Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees. Have ready an 11-inch tart pan with a removable bottom.

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon zest, and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk together flour, 1/4 cup sugar and a pinch of salt in a medium bowl. Pour butter mixture into flour in a fine stream, stirring with a fork, and continue stirring until dough begins to come together when a small bit is pressed between your fingers. Transfer mixture to tart pan and press it with your fingertips evenly up the side and into the bottom. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the crust is light golden brown. Let cool on a wire rack while making filling.

Process remaining sugar and zest in a food processor until zest is finely ground.

Whisk together eggs, sugar and zest mixture, lemon juice and another pinch of salt in a medium bowl until smooth.

Beat cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed in a medium bowl just until it forms soft peaks. Whisk cream into the egg mixture just until blended.

Place a baking sheet in the oven, place the crust on the baking sheet, and pour filling into the still-warm crust. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until filling is just set in the center. Let pie cool on a wire rack.

Just before serving, generously sift confectioners' sugar over the tart. Cut into wedges and serve.





My friend sent me a great quote for this tart~I had mentioned it to her..

"Life is dessert...too brief to hurry."~
Thanks Di~

40 comments:

  1. This tart starts our day off with sunshine!

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  2. Hello, I really like your blog and visit often. I would like to preserve this recipe on my Pinterest site, but, like others of yours that I have tried to post...I can never get the image to show up. I am not very good at it yet and only know one way to do it. I wish I could save your recipes more easily than printing out..I'm sure lots of people would like to pin this one...looks delicious!

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  3. I don't know how to pin either if it isn't on Pinterest or Marie's Blog:)

    This is Lindas' recipe and she will be posting it soon..perhaps when she posts it will be easier from her site?
    She was so gracious in letting me post before she was ready.:)
    Thank you:)

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  4. It's pouring rain today, looks like I will be making a little sunshine :)

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  5. Lovely, Monique! I am envious of the windows you have in your kitchen. It makes cooking a pleasure, I am certain. Just looking out at the winter wonderland would be heaven to me! I am going to try the tart. I have a basket full of Meyer lemons that are begging to become something special.

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  6. This tart looks perfect - love the pattern on top with the confectioners sugar. Citrus desserts are always delicious in winter, I bet this brightens up the winter days :)

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  7. Monique, what a lovely post! I just happen to have found some Meyers yesterday- this will be on our table this week! Thank you xoxo

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  8. Oh this looks delicious. I love Linda's blog too....she is such a great cook as are you.♥
    Your kitchen is gorgeous and just love the snow shots too.
    Keep warm whist we wilt away in the heatwave!
    Shel

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  9. Sweet Nana...your tart looks like sunshine and your kitchen does too....a piece of sunshine just like you are every single day!
    Your tart looks amazing...it is a dark, gloomy, sleeting and rainy day here...the sunshine of your post was a welcome sight...warmed my heart as you always do!
    Bisous right back at you....
    L~xo

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  10. In my post before last...I told about how my english teacher from school was reading my blog. Yours was the first one that came to mind when I thought of what others to tell her about. Well...she is smitten completely with your blog and was tickled about the trailing stars :)
    I'd sure love to meet you. Happy to see your gorgeous kitchen...and the tart..YES!
    I am curious about Meyer lemons b/c everyone talks about them. In the grocery here it doesn't specify. I am going to ask around.

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  11. I have always envied the light in your kitchen and it shows so beautifully in your photos. So nice to see more of it today :)

    This sounds like a lovely lemon tart. I have a favorite I have made for years and this sounds very similar. Lemon and chocolate - two of my favorite things..and you, that makes three :)

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  12. Just to add that this tart comes out beautifully with regular lemons as well...
    I especially love this one because the crust is so simple and no making of lemon curd is needed...

    A dollop of softly whipped, barely sweetened cream or some creme fraiche is also a very nice addition...

    I got this from a very good friend.... I see recipes as gifts we give one another...meant to be shared. I was happy to pass it on...
    XO

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  13. I been away and just catching up on your posts. I just love lemon desserts...they are my favorites and this sounds wonderful. A big thank you to you and your friend for sharing the recipe. I also have to say how much I love your kitchen...we both have a love for yellow.

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  14. Des photos magnifiques pour illustrer la recette d'une bonne tarte aux citrons...
    Bientôt, à Menton, nous allons avoir la fêtes des citrons... Un moment joyeux du carnaval et annonciateur du printemps...
    Gros bisous à vous ma chère Nana.

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  15. Oh my goodness Monique. I love lemon anything. I have never seen or tasted a Meyer Lemon. Perhaps one day I will. Todd doesn't like lemon or chocolate. He is a crazy man. Oh well, all the more for me! As always have enjoyed my visit this morning. Your pictures and words never fail to delight me. xxoo

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  16. Your welcome Mon..anytime~Di

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  17. Tes photos regorgent d'élégances ma belle!! Tu es fascinante et Merci d'émerveiller autant nos pupilles;)xxx

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  18. Your tarte looks divine and the recipe sounds mouth-watering..
    Imagining the filling escaping thru the cracks got me going.
    Thank goodness I am no baker or I would be ruined.
    I once bought a Meyer lemon thinking you could eat it like an orange.
    Quelle surpise!

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  19. ... A-ha! You shared your secret! That's why your food is always so appealing... you have a WOOONDROOUS kitchen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oooh I do love it. I had the same baskets hanging from the ceiling in my old kitchen... now I don't even have a kitchen! :)
    The doily 'stamp' is so pretty!!;))
    Hugs!

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  20. Nothing hits the spot more than a lemon tart, Monique! And you've presented this one so perfectly too. Meyer lemons really DO taste better...so pleased you found some.
    Brrrrr on your weather. We are nearly setting records for warm down here. All very odd.

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  21. it really is lovely, in that picture it looks beautiful

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  22. WE didn't get that much snow but enough that I had to head to the kitchen and bake something yummy too! This lemon tart looks and sounds fabulous. I just love lemon everything and they are so pretty and remind me of the sun when it is missing!

    Your kitchen is beautiful and it is really sunny and bright! What a happy place to reside!

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  23. Perfection.

    Monique, I could be mistaken, but I once heard this recipe originated in heaven. And consequently delivered by angels, to bring a little joy to those who needed it.

    I need it.

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  24. Chère Monique, ici, on n'a pas de neige et il fait cet hiver incroyablement doux mais j'ai aussi fait une tarte au citron dimanche ... Meringuée parce que Clément aime ça ... J'avais aussi ma Microplane et un vieux presse-agrume électrique ... c'est amusant ... et que c'était bon !
    Merci pour ces posts qui donnent envie d'être heureux ...
    Bisous
    Hélène

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  25. a delicious tarte citron. And so beautiful too. Give me anything with citron, lime, oranges...I love them all.
    %Ronelle

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  26. Lovely est le mot, je n'en trouve pas d'autre. J'aime la tarte au citron de toutes les manières et c'est une belle maminère, là.

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  27. I Love your kitchen; I was so sure I had commented on your Lemon Tart,but. I love your recipe and am still looking for these special lemons.
    Just spotted your recipe on Pinterest and quickly pinned it on my Sweet Dessert Board.
    I just started on this Pinterest;great spot for a blogger.
    C'est toujours bon chez toi.
    Rita

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  28. What a lovely dessert for a sunny winter day. Your kitchen is wonderful, Monique, so bright and cheerful. It must be a joy to cook in it.

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  29. Glad I stopped here before heading to the store....I'll need more lemons for this one,
    Will try it this afternoon and let you know...
    My favorite flavor...
    Your kitchen draws me in...would love to cook together.
    Love the time you put into your blog M.
    xo Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  30. I am certain you could use regular lemons..these were a first for me.:)
    Thank you for visiting me:)

    Il me fait toujours plaisir de vous rendre visite..de prendre note de vos recettes..de vos idées ,de partager vos splendides voyages,sorties..De voir votre famille..et les moeurs variés de tout le monde~
    I am certain we would all enjoy cooking,baking together..or even having tea or prendre le café.
    We are doing it..just virtually:)

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  31. M...
    Steven decided to make this today.
    It is cooling...smells wonderful.
    I made Garden Soup and prepared the fixings for tomorrows dinner when his daughter comes from Florida.
    Lemon Tart and Florida seem to go together...
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  32. :) Where is she from in Florida? I hope you like it! The soup sounds delicious:)

    I thought he had a nice face~:)

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  33. How funny... that's just the kind of kitchen I thought you would have...sunny and full of light and interesting objects. Lovely... and great little lemon dessert.

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  34. She is from Tampa....
    Works for the Tampa Bay Lightening Hockey team...
    Tart was wonderful...strong lemon flavor...yum.
    Thank you...a delicious face, a sweet Up-North Face! Lol.
    xo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  35. What a beautiful dessert~And your kitchen is gorgeous with all that natural light.How lucky you are!

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  36. trekking your yummy blog!!! burp!

    cheers!
    ..TREK..

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  37. What gorgeous Winter light! Your kitchen is so pretty and that tart looks just divine.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  38. I love the way you decorated the top of this tart. It looks like a little bit of summer in the middle of winter. Just what I need here where we havent' seen the sun for a loooo--oooong time!

    Thanks for posting this. And thanks to Linda too.

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  39. Good morning, Monique. I made the wonderfully perfect tart! It was delicious. Take a look when you have a moment.

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