Thursday, December 31, 2009

Lemon Tart (with thanks to David Lebovitz)


I was intrigued by David Lebovitz’s blog post on an interesting method for making French Tart Dough that he used with his lemon curd to make a Lemon Tart. I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand – instant gratification.



Unfortunately, I was trying to work quickly and didn’t photograph the intermediate steps; check out the David Lebovitz’s French Tart Dough post for what the components should look like. You heat the butter, oil, water, sugar, and salt in a bowl in the oven until it just starts to brown around the edges, then dump in the flour – almost like p√Ęte a choux. Mix it together and pat it into the pan. No rolling!

I didn’t have a tart pan, but I thought my springform would do in a pinch.



It’s a bit too light, I think. I’ll bake it a bit longer next time.




Unsalted butter, lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar (plus two large eggs and 2 yolks) for the lemon curd.



Ready to bake for 5 min.


My husband said it wouldn’t be right without a dusting of confectioner’s sugar. The crust is wonderfully flaky and lovely with the homemade lemon curd filling.

Spice Pepper Tapenade

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Onion, anchovies, garlic, capers, purple basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano, sundried tomatoes, and roasted spice peppers. I finally realized that as the seeds in these spice peppers aren’t hot, I didn’t have to go insane removing them from the tray full of tiny peppers.


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This tapenade is so tasty (and now that I know I don’t have to deseed them), I’ll grow these peppers again next season. (This was made in October.)