Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TWD: Tartest Lemon Tart

It's actually really fitting that this weeks Tuesdays with Dorie recipe is something lemon-y. Fitting because Sunday was Mother's Day and my maternal grandma loved all things lemon. Anytime I have something lemon flavored, I can't help but think of her.

First of all... this is like the easiest dang dessert you'll ever make. That is... if you have a food processor or a blender. Of which, I own neither. So, I had to borrow my mom's food processor and schlep it over to my house to make this tart (and the tart dough). And who knew food processors were so dang heavy? Sheesh.

Anyway, I love the idea of using the whole lemon. But, what I don't love is bitterness and this had a little too much bitterness for me (even with my removing the skins and a lot of the pith from the lemons and adding a little more sugar than the recipe called for). It wasn't so bitter that I couldn't eat it, (of course)... but it wasn't super enjoyable on my palate. Maybe this is more like a mother-in-law's day tart (zing!).

Now the tart dough, on the otherhand... absolutely fabulous! I could have eaten it by itself! I love Dorie's pie dough and tart recipes. They always come out perfect for me.

I did have an issue with this tart completely bubbling out while baking. Luckily, I had followed Dorie's instructions and had placed a baking sheet lined with a silicon mat underneath. But, that didn't help the fact that the gooey-ness of the filling made the tart next to impossible to get out of it's pan. I seriously had to get my brothers assistance in shimmying the tart out of the pan. But, we eventually got it. If I were making this again (which I won't be), I'd spray the outside of the pan with cooking spray before I baked it, as a precaution.

So, if you like desserts that bite you back... check out Babette's blog: Babette Feasts for the recipe.

Happy Mother's Day... I hope all you mother's out there had a good day. And now I shall proceed to embarrass mine with some pics...

Well... of all the wonderful attributes that my mom has: beauty, kindness, intelligence, and long legs... the only things I got out of her awesome gene pool is her silly sense of humor and her utter lack of rhythm. Hmph.

Love you, Mom!