Sunday, 17 February 2013

'Dish of the month' February - Nigel Slaters Lemon Tart

For this months 'Dish of the Month' I have made Nigel Slaters Lemon Tart from his 'Kitchen Diaries II' book, yesterday was an ideal opportunity to make this as we had friends round for supper and I knew this would make a great dessert.

Now is a great time to make a dish like this as some fabulous lemons and oranges can be found on sale.

This was the first time I had made a lemon tart, the flavours of this were amazing, the zing of the lemon was slightly off set by the addition in the recipe of the juice and zest of a blood orange (I used half of a large orange...I'd eaten all our blood oranges!).

My pastry crust came out a lot darker than Nigel's and now I realise why in the recipe it instructs to line the pastry case with FOIL and then the baking beans to bake blind...I used bacoglide instead. I realise now the foil would have stopped the pastry from colouring as much as it did. If you follow the recipe correctly you should not have pastry shrinking when you make the tart base, the recipe says this will happen if you add too much water to the pastry. Mine shrunk in a couple of places, but when the tart was baked you would not have noticed.

I would definitely make this tart again it was a great success, everyone had seconds. On this occasion I served it with some fresh cream.

If you want to join Janice from Farmersgirl Kitchen and myself baking our way through Kitchen Diaires II in 2013 we would love to have you join us.

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  1. Love lemon tart, will have to put this on the 'to do' list!

  2. Oooh, I've only made lemon tart once but it was delicious and your fabulous looking tart has reminded me of how good it was. Glad everyone enjoyed it!

  3. I was looking at this just the other evening... it's a glorious tart and you've done it amazing justice.. I do love those sharp sweet flavours... now I just need to pick my recipe and there's just too many choices!

  4. The lemon tart looks fantastic, I love lemon tart. However, what really drew me in was your tea service. How beautiful are those little dragonflies and those ears of wheat? It's just stunning!


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