Tuesday, April 8, 2008

TWD - Lemon & Orange Tarts!

UPDATE: You can see the pics here.

I'm a day late posting this week as I wasn't feeling well. But, I'm back to 100% and ready to share my results!

Every week, I think I can't possibly get more excited about a chosen recipe, but then I do! This week's treat, The most extraordinary french lemon cream tart was chosen by Mary of
Starting from Scratch. Because there are some strong aversions to lemon among the group ::gasp::, this week we were given a choice and could make the Fresh Orange Cream Tart instead.

Well, being that I love all things citrus and my blog is orange-ified, I decided to make both tarts!

The orange tart was just OK to me but I used blood oranges for the first time and don't think I knew what I was getting. I'd make this again but probably use clementines or some other type of tangerine.

The lemon tart, on the other hand, was soooo yummy. I did not take it to work. I did not share it, except with by BFF and her fiance.

The crust was amazing but a little hard for my taste. When I make this again (and I plan to ASAP) I'll cut a minute off the time and see if that softens it up a bit. Or I could use a bit less and have a little bit thinner crust.

I did have some trouble getting the creams up to 180 degrees but I hadn't read the tips and used a glass bowl rather than a metal which added to the delay in heating time.

The other trouble I was using my blender. This has nothing to do with the recipe but rather my ignorance in blender use. I couldn't get it to work so I started twist the blender which separated the glass from the base and spilled lemon cream everywhere. Lucky I moved over a bowl asap and salvaged 90% of the luscious lemon cream.

Head on over to
Tuesday's with Dorie and see what how my buddies fared this week!

Pics will come later. Hubs and I got a new camera over the weekend and I have to figure out how to access the pics.


CB said...

You made 2? Overachiever! You poor thing. You had a couple issues huh? I admit I have never used my blender either! I stared at it for a few minutes trying to figure out how to make it work! LOL. Can't wait to see pictures!

Sweet and Savory Eats said...

You're so ambitious making both. Congrats on getting a new camera. Sounds like a fun new toy.

LyB said...

Ooooh! I'm soooo glad I'm not the only one to have made both tarts! I just couldn,t choose and I loved both of them, actually! I can't wait to see your pics, yay for citrus!

Engineer Baker said...

Ooo, new cameras are fun to play with! I found the crust a little hard as well, but only because it was at room temp and I had just put the lemon cream in. I found that if you filled it and let it sit in the fridge for a day, the lemon cream softened up the crust nicely. If you can wait that long, I'd suggest that!

Natalie said...

I was looking for blood oranges to use, but the grocery was out. Guess that's a good thing. Thanks for the tip!

What kind of camera?

Gretchen Noelle said...

Wow! Both?! Great job! the crust was a tad crunchy, but delicious all the same!

Shari said...

I like the tip about the blood oranges. Why didn't you like it -- too sweet? Good on you to try making both orange and lemon tarts. Looking forward to your pics!

Rachel said...

Thanks everyone for the nice comments! I've posted pics. :)

Jaime said...

isn't the lemon amazing? it seems there were a lot of mixed reviews about the orange one. your lemon tart pics look perfect, esp the slice!