Who doesn’t love a luscious fruit tart? But it’s the middle of winter. What can you make that is fresh…seasonal? 2016 is my big pie year after all. Gotta come up with something good.
How about a classic lemon tart? Lemons are in season, in fact, I have some fresh homegrown Meyer lemons my brother sent me from Texas. And a couple off my man’s little lemon bush he grows in a pot, it is in his kitchen keeping warm for the winter. Sweet!
Can’t think why it took me this long to make this wonderful yet very traditional lemon tart. The recipe is fairly simple although you can’t step away from the stove while you cook the filling. You must hang there and keep stirring or you are gonna have scrambled lemon eggs! The crust is easy as they come; mix in mixer bowl and press into the pan, bake. Done. Bam!
I am sure it would be just as tasty with the lemons from the grocery store but I loved being able to make a treat out of homegrown lemons. This can’t be made with canned or bottled lemon juice; got to be fresh real lemons. I used the lesser amount of sugar and found it plenty sweet. And it is a great choice for anyone; use the crust you prefer, gluten free or not. Sure you could buy one similar to it at a bakery but this would surely wow your family when you say, “I made it myself!”
Some photos of the tart making process. I forgot to take one of the finished whole filled tart and there isn’t much left of it…so that ship has sailed…
Classic Lemon Tart
1 pre-baked cookie crust tart shell (recipe at bottom of post) baked in removable bottom round pan.
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2/3-3/4 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. grated lemon rind
½ tsp. lemon extract
½ cup butter cut into 4 chunks.
Directions; combine lemon juice, sugar, eggs, yolks in a medium saucepan and cook over medium low heat until thickened. Stir constantly, don’t step away for even a moment. When it thickly coats a spoon it should be done, do not let it boil. The stirring process takes about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and add the butter chunks, stir them a few moments and add the lemon rind and extract. Stir the filling until butter melts. Pour into a small mixing bowl and cover the surface of the filling with plastic wrap pressed right onto it. Refrigerate until room temperature; 10-15 minutes.
Pour filling into cooled tart shell. Refrigerate several hours until well chilled. Remove from tart pan and slice. Recipe is from my new favorite source: Annalise Roberts latest cookbook, GF Baking Classics, The Heirloom Collection. If you love home baking and are gluten free it is a must purchase.
I like to serve it with a healthy dollop of Stonybrook Farm’s low fat organic yogurt. The tangy fresh flavor of this topnotch yogurt makes a perfect contrast with the sweet lemon filling. I served it like that to my mom and she thought it was some kind of special whipped cream. It is that rich tasting even though it is low fat. I can’t say enough about this yogurt. I love it on other dessert treats: guilt free and surprisingly yummy. Great to cook with and to enjoy for a snack.
1 cup brown rice flour mix
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp. xanthan gum
5 tbsp. cold unsalted butter, in 5 chunks
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
½-1 tsp. water
Mix the dry ingredients in a stand mixer, cut in the butter by mixing it at a med low speed until crumbly. Add vanilla and mix well. If it is really dry looking add the tsp. of water. Press into the bottom and up the sides of your tart shell as evenly as you can make it. I suggest you spray the pan first with cooking spray and sprinkle it with rice flour. Do not press the dough in too hard or you will have a tough time digging out slices….
For this recipe I use a 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom. I think any low pie pan or tart pan will work. Bake it at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
Brown Rice Flour Mix Identical to King Arthur’s gf blend.
2 c brown rice flour (finely ground)
2/3 c potato starch – Not potato flour!
1/3 c tapioca flour