Monday, January 31, 2011

Luscious Lemon Food Porn

 After much research, I found Whole Lemon Tart at Smitten Kitchen.  Boy, did it fit my requirements for finding the ultimate recipe for my lone lemon.  She actually calls for a Meyer Lemon, but a small one, about 60% the size of mine.  And it uses the entire lemon - rind, pith, fruit, juice - everything but the seeds.

I'm not much on desserts, but I do love pastry.  I even made the tart crust myself and left it in the freezer overnight.  Then I finished the pie today, and prayed that it would not disappoint my very high expectations.
 It was splendid!  We all loved it!  Sweet but not overly so, and fragrant as the blossom the lemon came from.  "I've had this before!" Anna said, but I think that is because it is so similar to the lemon curd I usually make - its really just lemon, eggs, butter, sugar.  A little flour for the crust.  Perfection.
I also made Lemon Vodka -- super easy, just add rind only in little strips to good vodka, agitate once a day for about a month.  Fabulous for martinis.  I like mine with half lemon vodka, half Hendrick's Gin.  The last little bit of juice I used in my sauce for Provencal Chicken.

It was a good day in our Ikea kitchen.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

That looks delicious -- Mmmmmmm!
Love, M

grandad says said...

Oh I bet it was good. I had jello tonight. Would have loved some of that tart.
I looked at my Meyer today. It seems OK despite the chickens eating all the leaves they could reach. Hope for some buds soon.

EdamameMommy said...

Ooohhhh ahhhhh, love the expert-at-cutting surgeon hands in the pie slice shot. limonissimo!

Emily said...

YUM! Looks delish.

Lula said...

Those pictures made my mouth water, and the memory of a delicious homemade lemon tart from years ago sprang to mind! I hope you really enjoyed it!

Lisa said...

Oh Em Gee, I wish I were there. Nice photos, and now my mouth is watering.


btw, my word verif. is "tasth".

Krispy said...

excellent!

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness,Jennifer, that looks (and sounds) GREAT!!! I have copied the recipe and will definately make it..Lemon is my very favourite pie..

Aunty Norma.xx

mr man said...

I was trying to figure out where you were cutting that pile of yum and remembered your new kitchen. I hope you're enjoying it. We'd enjoy the rolling blackouts there with you.

Bon appetit!