Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Meyer Lemon Tartlets

These Meyer Lemon Tartlets are one of Butchie's favorite recipes. Adapted from Baking Bites, these tartlets are irresistibly luscious.
Meyer Lemon Tartlets recipe from cherryteacakes.com
I have succeeded in luring Butchie back again. Secret weapon? Lemons. Butchie has a few key favorites that will keep her loyal to spending time with me: cherries (last week's cherry "ripe-off" bars), lemon or lime, and bacon. I've been deploying these skillfully, but for next week's big holiday, I think it's a losing battle. Even bacon cannot trump Valentine's Day with her man. [Sorry, dear. --B.] Do you think if I create a recipe for cherry-bacon pie with lemon meringue topping she will spend the evening with me? [No. Also, that sounds gross. --B.]

I've been trying to come up with my equivalent favorites, the three things I cannot say no to. I. Have. No. Clue. I go through phases where I love combinations, but three flavors alone? Hmmm. I think I have commitment issues. I can tell you what I DISLIKE: capers, rhubarb, and usually, lemon.

But Butchie campaigned for these tartlets. She brought me a pre-made tiny tartlet for me try and see if I liked it. Amazingly, I do. [The thing with meyer lemons is that they're much less bitter than regular lemons. They're cross-bred with mandarin oranges, so you get all the citrus in a much milder form. Since it's the bitterness that has turned J. off lemon & lime, I had my fingers crossed for this one. Success! --B.]

Plus, curd is so easy to make that you could vary this tart's color and flavor by subbing in blood orange juice, pomegranate, maybe even dark elderflower! I definitely need to try that last one...

Point is, Butchie loves these little tartlets, and now I will admit that I do too. We hope you love them just as much!


Sugar Cookie Tartlet Crust
Adapted from Baking Bites

1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400F.

In a stand mixer, cream together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in flour, kosher salt, cream and vanilla, until mixture is moist and crumbly.

Press dough into four 4-inch tart pans (or one 9 or 10 inch tart pan) and press it up the sides, making sure the layer on the bottom is even.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until crust is set and firm at the edges. Cool, then fill with desired filling and bake as that recipe directs.

Meyer Lemon Curd Tart Filling
Adapted from Baking Bites

1 cup sugar
2/3 cup Meyer lemon juice, freshly squeezed and strained
1 tablespoon lemon zest
3 large eggs
2 egg yolks
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and cut into half inch pieces

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Stir occasionally.

In a large bowl, whisk together zest, eggs and egg yolks. When sugar mixture comes to a boil, pour very small amounts down the side of the bowl into the egg mixture while whisking continuously to temper the mixture. Continue to add only a few tablespoons at a time until all has been incorporated.

Transfer egg mixture back to sauce pan and return to stove. Cook on medium heat until thickened, about 8 minutes, whisking frequently.

Remove custard from stove and whisk in butter, adding in one piece at a time.

When all butter has been added, cool curd for 15 minutes before pouring into prepared tart crusts.

Refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours before serving.

For powdered sugar stripes:

Immediately before serving cut strips of paper out, and gently lay over top of tart, touching curd as minimally as possible. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Carefully remove strips of paper, tilting so that excess sugar slides onto the sugar stripes, keeping clean lines. If curd sticks to paper forming small peeks, wet the tips of your finger and gently press back down.

44 comments:

  1. These are stunning!! The lemon curd looks too delicious for words.

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  2. Dinner party this weekend-- these are perfect!

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  3. Oh, these look great!

    One pit-nick, though. Lemons are sour, not bitter!

    Acidic, low pH stuffs: sour (Lemons)
    Basic, high pH stuffs: bitter (Black tea)

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  4. Yum! That looks beautiful and delicious! Meyer lemons! Yum!

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  5. Those are lovely and so perfect!

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  6. Love these adorable tarts. I like how the crust is sugar cookie, to balance out the curd. Mmmm. I wish I had one of these for breakfast.
    -Gina-

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  7. Nice break from chocolate. The stripes are such a great idea. I have all kinds of stencils that I could use to powder on hearts or stars. Thanks for the recipe and ideas.

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  8. Lovely job on these. I love the sugar cookie crust. Yummy.

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  9. oh my goodness, these look so very fancy! excellent job! I love lemons, sweet and sour. My husband is horrified every time I bite into one.

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  10. does crossbred mean that they grow on a tree that has been grafted to grow lemons and oranges? i'm just curious, i'm really interested in grafted citrus trees right now. i am looking into growing one here, but i am concerned that all the fruit will taste weird. but i could do with less tart lemons. that actually sounds nice. thanks for sharing! your pics are so beautiful as always.

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  11. @veggietestkitchen:
    Crossbreeding is exactly what it sounds like. You take two varieties of parents from the same species and allow them to reproduce. The resulting generation will then be a hybrid if the two. A common example would be a purebred Labrador and Poodle producing a Labradoodle.

    It's one of the most basic forms of genetic modification.

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  12. Nice blog! I will try these tartellets. They are fantastic!!

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  13. Lovely lemon tartes! My neighbor has a Meyer lemon tree so I'll have to tip toe on over!

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  14. What can I say! Alway neat and yummy products! Thank you for sharing :)

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  15. I am in love, what a gorgeous treat...love the stripes because they are extra special with them.

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  16. Fabulous tartlets! They could win anyone's heart...mmmmm.

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  17. Such gorgeous tartlets, especially with the sripes so perfect!

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  18. So pretty! Love the powdered sugar stripes...

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  19. Just beautiful. I can certainly see me trying these soon.

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  20. These look a bit beyond my capabilities, but use lemon curd which I do have on had from my recent Meyer Lemons Ten Ways adventures. I'll have to see how sporting I want to be.

    They look so good. I broke my PC screen trying to get one!

    Jason

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  21. These are just perfect. Beautiful presentation! YUM!

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  22. The tarts look professional. Great job and I am loving the curd recipe.

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  23. These tartlets look so beautiful! Perfect for any Valentine... or any random person, really!

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  24. There are sooo beautiful! The colors and the attention to detail makes it a special treat to serve during dinner parties!

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  25. Hi, I live in Peru and meyer lemons are not available here, could I replace them with limes?

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  26. lime curd is delicious as well! i also make strawberry curd if that's an option!

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  27. Love the stripes..they are in the oven..Thanks!

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  28. Beautiful tarts and congrats on the Top 9.

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  29. Beautiful! Congrats on your top 9!

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  30. How do I print this wonderful recipe?

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  31. just for you I have now added a print friendly button! :) and the best part is you can delete all my wretched garble (that rarely makes sense) that comes before the recipe! :)

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  32. Those look fantastic! I love lemon tarts, and these look just delicious! Congrats on the Top 9!

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  33. Beautiful. And isn't lemon sure a failsafe way to a man's heart? Perfect for Valentine's Day!

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  34. Congratulations on the Top 9. This dessert is amazing and great attention to detail.

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  35. I seriously never knew that Meyer lemons were mixed with Mandarin oranges! That sounds like a wonderful tart filling. Cute pattern with the powdered sugar!

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  36. Excellent work. I feel like these belong in a movie. They look perfect.

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  37. Lemon anything just makes my mouth start watering. I love citrus. I love tarts. They look amazing. Your photography, as always, it wonderful. ::sigh:: I'm going to head off and be jealous by myself for a while now.

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  38. Love the stripes! Think I can eat them all :)

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  39. This dessert looks incredible. I guess it's ideal if you have a lemon tree in your backyard and don't know what to do with all those extra lemons! Cherry pie has always been my favorite but lemon, peach and blueberry pie also have a place in my tummy : )

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