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Monday, March 9, 2009

Lemon Tart

I know a dessert recipe is a keeper when, after eating it, my husband tells me that I'm not allwed to take it to work the next day to get it out of the house! This was one of those desserts...I'll have to sneak it out soon or I will end up eating it all! It is so good, and just what I was craving now that the weather is getting warmer and spring is about here. I got this recipe off the Williams Sonoma website:

Basic Tart Dough
1 egg yolk
2 Tbs. very cold water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
8 Tbs. (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes

In a small bowl, stir together the egg yolk, water and vanilla; set aside. Using a stand mixer fitted with the flat beater, stir together the flour, sugar and salt in the mixer bowl. Add the butter and beat on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with butter pieces no larger than small peas. Add the egg mixture and beat just until the dough pulls together. Transfer the dough to a work surface, pat into a ball and flatten into a disk.

To roll out the dough, on a lightly floured board, flatten the disk with 6 to 8 gentle taps of the rolling pin. Lift the dough and give it a quarter turn. Lightly dust the top of the dough or the rolling pin with flour as needed, then roll out until the dough is about 1/8 inch thick.

Fold the dough round in half and carefully transfer to a 9 1/2-inch tart pan, preferably with a removable bottom. Unfold and ease the round into the pan, without stretching it, and pat it firmly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Trim off any excess dough by gently running a rolling pin across the top of the pan. Press the dough into the sides to extend it slightly above the rim to offset any shrinkage during baking. Refrigerate or freeze the tart shell until firm, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, position a rack in the lower third of an oven and preheat to 375°F. Line the pastry shell with aluminum foil or parchment paper and fill with pie weights or raw short-grain rice. Bake for 20 minutes, then lift an edge of the foil. If the dough looks wet, continue to bake, checking every 5 minutes, until the dough is pale gold, for a total baking time of 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the weights and foil. Continue to bake until the shell is golden, 7 to 10 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Lemon Curd
3 whole eggs plus 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice, strained (about 6 large lemons)
2 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest
12 Tbs. (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
Sweetened whipped cream for piping

In a nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat, combine the eggs, egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and butter. Cook slowly, stirring constantly with a heatproof rubber spatula, until the butter melts and the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spatula and leaves a clear trail when a finger is drawn through it, 7 to 8 minutes. Remove from the heat and strain through a coarse-mesh sieve placed over a bowl. Spread the curd evenly in the fully baked tart shell and refrigerate until chilled, 2 to 3 hours.

Using a pastry bag fitted with a small star tip, pipe whipped cream around the edge of the tart. If using a tart pan with a removable bottom, let the sides fall away, then slide the tart onto a serving plate. Let stand at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving, to take the chill off. Makes one 9 1/2-inch tart; serves 8.
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3 comments:

Sallie said...

Julia,
That looks so good. I haven't used my tart pan in awhile. I guess I'll have to break it out. The soup looks really good too.

My Sister's Kitchen said...

I made this for Easter. Everyone loved it.

Anonymous said...

Good I'm glad they liked it!

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