Lemon Curd Tart

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When I received some beautiful lemons from Fritscher Farms in Covington, LA, I wanted to find the best way to highlight them. Ina Garten is my go-to source for cooking, after my mother, of course. Garten’s Lemon Curd Tart seemed the way to go. I checked with a local food columnist to see if I really needed a false-bottom tart pan, and she thought it would be best. I took the leap and couldn’t have been happier with the result. My husband and I both loved the tart, and cutting it was easy after removing the edge piece of the pan.

To thank my pal from Fritscher Farms, I decided to make something that would be easy to transport. I made the curd recipe and stored it in a four-cup disposable plastic container. I thought pound cake would make a nice curd-delivery device, so I took it easy on myself and bought a name brand frozen cake. I took the cake and curd to work. Happily, it was not stolen from the refrigerator, and I got a rave review.

Recipe from Ina Garten

 Ingredients

For the tart shell:

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for greasing, at room temperature

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Pinch salt

For the lemon curd:

4 lemons, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups sugar

1/4 pound (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature

4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature

1/8 teaspoon salt

Directions

For the tart shell:

Mix the butter and sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment until they are just combined. Add the vanilla. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter-and-sugar mixture. Mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk. Press the dough into a 10-inch-round or 9-inch-square false-bottom tart pan, making sure that the finished edge is flat. Chill until firm.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Butter 1 side of a square of aluminum foil to fit inside the chilled tart and place it, buttered side down, on the pastry. Fill with beans or rice. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil and beans, prick the tart all over with the tines of a fork, and bake again for 20 to 25 minutes more, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool to room temperature.

For the lemon curd:

Remove the zest of the lemons with a vegetable peeler or zester, being careful to avoid the white pith. Squeeze the lemons to make 1/2 cup of juice and set the juice aside. Put the zest in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the sugar and process for 2 to 3 minutes, until the zest is very finely minced. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugar and lemon zest. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and then add the lemon juice and salt. Mix until combined.

Pour the mixture into a 2-quart saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 10 minutes. The lemon curd will thicken at about 175 degrees F, or just below a simmer. Remove from the heat.

Fill the tart shell with warm lemon curd and allow to set at room temperature.

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Photos by Tammy Yates

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5 Comments

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5 responses to “Lemon Curd Tart

  1. Tammy

    Tammy, I love the photos and introduction. The refrigerator line was funny. You know I’m not much of a cook, but you just might get me inspired!

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  2. Hi, Tammy Y.! Tammy R. told me you’d started a blog. I like to cook, too, so I’ll be a regular reader! I’m going to try that lemon curd tart. Sounds wonderful. Good luck!

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