Monday, April 26, 2010

IT'S A FRENCH TEA PARTY !

I have been wanting to make this lovely lemon tart.  This winter while it was very quiet at my shop, I spent hours researching recipes and going through 10 years of Southern Living Recipe Books.  I have a file just for the lemon tart recipes and I did a lot of comparing.  I am moving toward using some organic and natural ingredients.  This is difficult for me because I tend to look at the cost but I am sure it is much healthier.  Can you relate to this?  Of course you can! I don't like those photos of the chickens in the cages ......




I found this recipe in Sharon O'Connor's "Bistro" the CD and Recipe Book combination which features recipes from great french hotels and outstanding french restaurants in America.  I thought the recipe sounded delicious and it certainly was!
You are going to need a 9" tart pan where the bottom comes out!

THIS RECIPE WAS ORIGINALLY FROM  "Bouchon", a French Bistro in Yountville, California.




 For the pastry shell: 1 2/3 cups of all purpose flour, 2/3 cup of powdered sugar, 2/3 cup cold butter, 1 egg beaten

For the filling:  5 large eggs and 1 more egg yolk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/2 cup butter and I also used the zest from
3 lemons- this is up to you!  IF YOU REDUCE THE SUGAR it will be more tart of course!
                                                        


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  For dough:  Combine dry ingredients and egg and cut in butter. Form a nice dough ball.

 It is suggested that you refrigerate this for 30 minutes before rolling out- you will have more than you need when you roll it out and put it in the tart pan.....

Bake it for about 15 minutes constantly pricking the tart with a fork to keep it down.  Sit aside to rest...


In a separate saucepan cook the filling ingredients which have already been mixed well.  I chose not to strain mine but had been careful to remove lemon seeds in the bowl. Simmer until thick.
Pour into the shell and bake 20 minutes.  Cool and serve.



Once you start baking you will be amazed how inexpensively you can make things that big $$$$ are charged for in bakeries and restaurants!

14 comments:

Rizzi said...

HELLO BERNIDEEN,
YOUR LEMON TART SOUND DELICIOUS, AND NOT TIME CONSUMING. IT WOULD PROBABLY TASTE WONDERFUL WITH A CUP OF TEA. I ALSO LOVE YOUR TEA SET AND PLATES. MY FAVORITE FLOWER IS THE VIOLET. HOPE YOUR SNOW MELTED. RIZZI

Johanna said...

Hi Bernideen, thank you so much for this lovely recipe. Since my son has been once in Florida, we tried several times to make Key Lime Pie. The result was never as it should be. So I will try your recipe, that will make a nice lemon tarte, also.
Have a nice week.
Greetings, Johanna

Beth said...

What a beautiful dessert! I'll bet it tastes delicious, too! I'm going to have to try it.
Blessings, Beth

Lady Katherine said...

I just love lemon tarts! This one looks wonderful as all your lovely food! I love the violet dishes! The tea towel and the wonderful strainer! Come by and see me today, I giving an update on how my journey with Breast Cancer is going.

Marilyn said...

I love lemon tarts! The lemon tart in the French Laundry cookbook is very good. I am wondering if it is similar, since Bouchon is also by Thomas Keller.

Lavender Cottage said...

I love lemon desserts of any description and your lemon tart looks decadent. It would be wonderful to relax with a cup of tea and a slice of your tart.

Marlena said...

Oh boy, does that sound wonderful! I may just have to make it. I would like to try it substituting limes, too. You always share such loverly stuff with us.

GardenofDaisies said...

The lemon tart sounds delicious!! And your violet teapots and dishes are beautiful!

Angela McRae said...

Oh, yum! I love lemon desserts, and my mouth starts to pucker just imagining this! (I'm also with you on wanting to use "better" ingredients but also trying to balance that with cost. I hear people say we can pay now or pay later ... they may be right!)

parTea lady said...

What lovely photos and the lemon tart looks delicious. It is a favorite of mine and I just baked one for a ladies retreat last weekend. It was a big hit.

Barbara said...

Yes there Lemon Torte is worth going to France for.

Lovely teapot arrangements. Would not know which one to choose.

Noche de verano said...

Hi Bernideen!!! I was visitng the lovely Duchess from The Rose Tea Cottage when I saw your invitation for tea, and found a yummy lemon tart made with organic ingredients, what else could i ask for!!!Lovely blog and beautiful chintz teapot!!

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

How did I miss this entry?! LOVELY...will have to try it out! LOVE lemons!! Have a great day! Donna

Nachiketa said...

Hi!

love your tarts... so pretty to look n must be yummy to eat.
Loved surprising my friends with these :) Lemon Cake, Lemon Tarts ~ Happy Anniversary Shikha & Sujith n Surprise for Sharad

Cheers,
The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
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