TWD: Tartest Lemon Tart

by Holly on May 12, 2009

So, I have to admit, I wasn’t very excited about this week’s recipe for Tuesdays with Dorie for the Tartest Lemon Tart. I have never made anything using the entire lemon and wasn’t entirely sure I was interested. I love lemon, I love almonds, so really, what was my problem? I don’t know why this weirded me out so much. I’ve used whole citrus before after all. It did though. I just couldn’t envision this very well. I don’t know why.

When I finally read through the entire recipe, I had to really laugh at myself, and once again realize that this baking group is so good for me. It gets me to try things I may have avoided otherwise.

I laughed because I realized that this recipe was an awful lot like the Toasted Almond Lemon Bars we made last month when I guest hosted the Cookie Carnival. Shortbread-like crust with ground almonds in it, lemon filling, powdered sugar on top. Why was I so afraid of this? I have to also admit now that I will make these again as they taste like delightful lemon bars and the filling was so easy to make and the texture wasn’t anything like I expected since it was smooth and tart. I also loved the addition of doing a burnt sugar top as Dorie suggests.

So, thank you to this week’s hostess, Babette of Babette Feasts!


There are still a few more days to blog about and make something for the Blogging for Babies event. As I mentioned in the original post (all the details here if you want to enter) I was trying to put together a couple of prizes for a drawing from the entries. Thank you to those who have already sent me something to participate. I really appreciate it!

Here is Prize Package Number One:

The Art & Soul of Baking book, a pretty glass jar (we all need new blog props, right!) and a couple of darling little ‘pretend’ cherry muffins – they are fake so they can sit in your kitchen and look pretty all the time.

And Prize Package Number 2:

A copy of Hello Cupcake! and a ceramic cupcake bank – that’s right, it is a ‘piggy’ bank in the shape of a cupcake!


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Manggy May 12, 2009 at 7:28 am

I’m glad these events help you to move out of your comfort zone. And what a delicious discovery it’s been! Looks lovely, Holly 🙂

Amanda May 12, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Mine bubbled over like a volcano, but it turned out fine after some doctoring 🙂 A little bitter, but I don’t think my lemons were of the best quality. DELICIOUS dough!

Sweet as Coco May 12, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Glad you liked this as well! I thought it was like a lemon bar too! So good!

bakersbakery May 12, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I bet the burnt sugar top was a great compliment to the lemon!

Kara May 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm

H was weirded out by the whole lemon thing too, but wound up loving this. I think I might try the sugar crust next time. This time I just dusted powdered sugar all over everything. (And I do mean everything!) 🙂

chocolatechic May 12, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Love the brulee on top.

Teanna May 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

So glad you ended up liking it! The burnt sugar top looks amazing!

LaDue & Crew May 12, 2009 at 3:10 pm

I’m on a lemon kick lately. I just bought everything to make the last you made, the toasted almond lemon bars. So first, those, then these, because this looks so yummy and elegant! Tarts always look pretty!~

Pamela May 12, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Your tart looks tempting and fabulous. Great job.

Kim May 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Looks delicious. I thought they were a fancy lemon bar too. Glad you decided to make it.

Cristine May 12, 2009 at 6:20 pm

That’s funny… I posted the same thing about the similarity between this tart and the CC lemon bars! 🙂 Your tart looks great! Glad you gave it a try!

Katrina May 12, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Loved this tart! Yours looks great with the brulee sugar topping.

Fit Chick May 12, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Your tart looks delicious!!! I agree with you, trying a recipe you might otherwise pass up, pushes you out of the comfort zone; I like being outside the zone.

Clivia May 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm

Your tart looks lovely! TWD takes me out of my comfort zone almost every week. Glad you enjoyed.

pinkstripes May 12, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Your tart looks wonderful! I’m glad you ended up liking it.

Tracey May 13, 2009 at 2:34 am

I was afraid of this recipe too. I’m glad it turned out well for you. Mine was too bitter to enjoy. Love your photos!

margot May 13, 2009 at 4:17 am

Oh, I’m so excited to see one with the brulee top; I was going to do that, but I was in a big rush out the door on Monday. Yours looks fantastic!

steph- whisk/spoon May 13, 2009 at 11:59 am

looks great–the bruleed top really makes it special!

doughmesstic May 13, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Hey Holly! I felt the exact same way about this tart! TWD has been great for me, too – I feel I have learned so much!

Now – the event. Can I enter macarons? They are little baby Lemon Pies, kinda sorta! I will be posting them tomorrow and would be happy to link them to your event if they are okay!

Jaime May 14, 2009 at 2:43 am

i was thinking these might taste like lemon bars! they look fantastic!

vibi May 14, 2009 at 3:04 am

I’m glad you ended up enjoying it… and finally realized that nothing was scary about the tart! LOL On the other hand, I shouldn’t sound sooo affirmative, for I myself, chickened out and supremed the lemons after zesting them! LOL I just couldn’t bare finding out tartiness being too close to bitterness. lol
Lovely pie, nice results on the finish! Bravo!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog May 14, 2009 at 11:27 pm

Glad you enjoyed it once you made the decision to step out and give it a try! 🙂 The results look amazing. Nice job of the Brulee on top too!!

Me! May 15, 2009 at 8:46 am

that looks wonderful. i wish it were in my kitchen right now.

Sell...Party Of 3 May 16, 2009 at 4:47 am

You are my soul mate. I was meant to find you so that you can bake for me and my hubbs. =) We love to bakery shop, and go daily for baked goods.
All of this looks so delicious…no wonder why I don’t lose weight, it would be impossible to eat all of this goodness.

Jules Someone May 16, 2009 at 7:10 pm

Your tart looks amazing. We really liked it here as well.

Lillian May 17, 2009 at 6:07 pm

Love that bruleed top — I have got to get a blowtorch one of these days. Your tart looks great!

TeaLady May 25, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I was unusual to use the entire lemon, but very tasty. Love the torched top.

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