"Someone has stolen three of my tarts!" ~The Red Queen (Alice in Wonderland)
While thumbing through my People magazine last week I came upon a recipe for a lemon tart. Having never made a tart before, and therefore not realizing how easy it would be, I skipped right over it. The following day the magazine was laying on the coffee table and after a gust of wind blew through the window, the magazine opened to what else...the lemon tart recipe.
My dessert destiny was calling to me. Clearly I needed to embrace it. And as luck would have it, I had all the ingredients right in the kitchen.
This recipe calls for no baking and the whole process takes about fifteen minutes from beginning to end. It tastes so fresh and tangy and is such a beautiful color...it's a must-make.
- 1 graham cracker crust (I used store-bought)
- 2 cold eggs
- 2 cold egg yolks
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 6 tbsp cold butter cut into 6 pieces
- Heat about 2 inches of water in a pot until boiling.
- Whisk eggs, yolks and sugar in a heat-safe bowl for about a minute.
- Place the bowl over the pot of boiling water and whisk for two minutes.
- Whisk in lemon juice in three parts.
- Continue whisking until mixture is thickened and light in color, about 8 minutes.
- Turn off heat and whisk in butter one piece at a time.
- Pour mixture into crust and place on a baking sheet.
- Put under the broiler for about 20 seconds or until lightly browned.
- Serve at room temperature or cold.
(Thomas Keller's Lemon Tart recipe—published in People Magazine)