Tuesday, May 12, 2009

TWD - Tartest Lemon Tart



Lemon was always 'the grownup flavour'. Once you could tolerate - no, enjoy - a lemon pie, you knew you had moved up a level of palate refinement. Of course, in the Sixties lemon pie meant some nasty mix that came out of a tiny box and turned into an entire pie.

I wanted to grow up. I went through a stage where I choked back lemon pie wherever I could find it. With any luck the meringue and crust would be still be made from scratch and they'd aid in the swallowing of the lemon goop.



Now we come to Dorie's Tartest Lemon Tart. As the saying goes: This ain't your mother's lemon pie.

Using whole - that's right - whole lemons and a modest amount of sugar and cream, whipped to lightness in a blender, this tart is like the fairy godmother of lemon pies. Mature, wiser, glowing from within, she floats over my kitchen bestowing bakerhood upon me and my oven. I can make lemon pie.

Yes, this tart is tart. Have you ever licked a lemon? The flavour first startles your tastebuds, then seeps in and suddenly you're aware of the inner sweetness, freshness; that this is a lemon and it once hung on a tree and absorbed the sun and grew and ripened. No meringue needed here.

If you want to taste a real lemon dessert, I urge you to find the recipe on Babette's blog Babette's Feasts.

28 comments:

  1. That looks so good! love your site! have a blessed day!

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  2. Ohhhh!OOoohhh! What nice colours in your kitchen, Clivia! Bright reds and vibrant yellows... like a sunny pic-nic day!
    Nicely done! Lovely results!

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  3. I love your tart dish! I agree, this was a lemon tart for grown ups! I grew up on lemon pie from a box too. I still love it. This was pretty delicious though. Your's looks fantastic!

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  4. Oh wonderful post. I agree - not your mama's lemon pie here. It's got such a lovely depth of flavor - I'm sure from the whole lemons.

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  5. Clivia, I think yours is the prettiest picture of a tart that I have seen this morning! It looks really good. . . could I have a slice please? :)

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  6. Very pretty, lovely presentation! I can't wait to bite into mine tonight.

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  7. This looks so good. My tummy is grumbling already.

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  8. Gorgeous! It looks absolutely wonderful.

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  9. I completely agree with your assessment that lemon is the "grown up flavor." And, I think I'm about halfway to grown up because I sort of like lemon desserts. At least there's hope for me, right?
    Your tart looks just beautiful.

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  10. Clivia I want to grow up and write a post like you do! The fairy godmother, the lemon hanging on the tree, the grownup flavor. Love it all! And most of all, I love that tart!!!

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  11. qu'est ce qu'elle belle ta tarte. Elle est de la même épaisseur que la mienne, c'est pour cela qu'elles sont si crémeuses :)

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  12. Beautiful tart! I think my palate is feeling childish, it was too bitter for me. Generally I love that puckery tart lemon flavor, but mine was just too bitter.

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  13. Looka great, nice photos. I really liked this and I've never been a big lemon pie/bars lover. This is it now.

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  14. Definitely a grown-up kind of lemon tart...and a big expression of lemon. Glad you enjoyed it!

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  15. Oh wow Clivia - this is a deep, sensuous looking - tart! It is very mature and grown up, and I am so glad that it has won you over.

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  16. Your tart looks awesome!

    The top on my tart was just a result of baking it a few minutes too long...the timer went off but it didn't beep. It got maybe 5 extra minutes in the oven, I think.

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  17. Clivia, that is one GOOD LOOKING tart slice.

    I LOVE reading this entry, you are so entertaining!

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  18. Cliva, you are so right...I think it's a flavor you grow into. Must be why I just decided to like it myself. I still have bad memories of that lemon cake with the meringue when I was a kid. eck!

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  19. Gorgeous photos, Clivia! Your presentation here is wonderful, and I'm envious of the clean lines you were able to get from your slice of tart.

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  20. Awww...I remember lemon meringue pie was always my favorite when I was a little girl! Such a good memory. I used to eat the meringue off my fingers.

    You have a gorgeous blog - so happy I found it!

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  21. Haha, I can see lemon as the more grown-up, sophisticated dessert. Nice. And lovely pics!

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  22. This is totally a grown-up dessert! Even though I didn't love it, I thought it looked pretty and elegant. Yours turned out fabulous!

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  23. Your tart looks great. I've really got to try some of it with the whipped cream on top...

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  24. You know, I hadn't thought about it by neither of my kids tried this tart. I think you are on to something with the "grown up" taste.

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  25. That slice of your tart is perfection! I generally enjoy lemon treats, but my tart wound up being really, really bitter. I think I'm going to make it again because I really wanted to like it.

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  26. Yes!! Yes!! Tart. Tart! TART!!! And wonderful. Your tart looks just perfect.

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  27. thanks for you blog site I've learned a lot from it.. specially your lemon tart looks really tasty

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