Wednesday, 22 February 2012

ROTW, Week 8: (Meyer) Lemon Curd Tart

Guess who didn't make this tart with Meyer lemons?  Perhaps next year the resolution should be to try new recipes written by another person, and actually follow them.

Delicious tart.  Brandon ate almost a quarter of it on the first night it was served.  Coming from a household in which the only man in our family scoffed at our collective efforts at dessert, I have discovered "wants seconds of homemade dessert" is a quality I value highly in my husband.  Great Grandma C would be proud.

I almost followed this recipe exactly.  Almost in that I did more than I usually do.  I happened ot have pastry flour, so I substituted that for the all purpose called for.  I also used regular lemons, and topped the tart with raspberries because they are delicious.  I had extra pastry, so I filled some muffin cups with the dough and made tarts.

From Food, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef by Anne Burrell

For the crust:

  • 1 stick cold butter, cut into pea size pieces
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling dough
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons cold water

For the curd:

  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
  • 3 Meyer lemons, zested
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, cut into pats

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
For the dough:
Put the butter, sugar, flour, egg yolk and salt in a food processor and pulse for 30 to 60 seconds or until the mixture has a grainy consistency, or what I like to call the "Parmesan cheese" stage. Add half of the water and pulse the food processor 2 to 3 times. The dough should start to come together, add the remaining water if needed. Check the consistency of the dough by clenching a small handful in your fist. If the dough stays together it is the proper consistency. If not, pulse the dough with a little more water. When the dough has reached the proper consistency, dump it out on a clean work surface. Using the heel of your hand, schmear the dough straight forward and roll it back with your fingertips. Repeat this process 1 to 2 more times, dust with flour if needed. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 to 1/4-inch in thickness. Lay the dough in the tart pan. Push the dough into the sides of the tart pan by rolling a small scrap of dough into a ball and pushing it into the dough. Roll over the top edge of the tart pan with the rolling pin to cut the extra dough from the pan and create a crisp edge. Cover the dough with aluminum foil and gently poke the foil into the side edges to fit the pan. This will help to keep the sides of the tart tall and straight as it cooks. Fill the tart shell with the dried beans and place in the preheated oven. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, remove the foil and beans and bake for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove the tart shell from the oven and cool. The dough should be golden and crisp.

For the curd:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, zest, sugar, eggs and salt and whisk to a homogeneous consistency. Place in saucepan and bring to a medium heat. Cook, whisking, constantly until the mixture has thickened, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter, 2 pats at a time until it's incorporated and has a silky consistency.
Pour the lemon curd into the prepared tart shell and bake in the preheated oven until the lemon curd has set, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

I topped the thing with some fresh raspberries and dusted on some powdered sugar.  Gets the husband 2-slice seal of approval!

You know what goes great with lemon tarts with raspberries?  Champagne with raspberries.  yummm :)


  1. well that.. looks.. divine. also pretty flutes! :)

  2. Just made this recipe last night, either in celebration of, or in spite of, pi day (depending on how strict your definition of "pie" is). I added more salt to the crust, strained the custard before pouring it in because I am bad at whisking, and had to leave it in the oven twice as long before the custard set, for whatever reason. In any case it turned out great, or so say my coworkers! Thanks for posting!