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.

9 comments:

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!
Clara

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!