Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lemon Curd Tart

I have a quarter jar of homemade lemon curd left and was looking for recipes to use it for, instead of licking it off the spoon! :) Found this perfect recipe but I did make some changes to it. Firstly this recipe calls for curd cheese, I'm not even sure I've seen it before, so I just substitute with cream cheese. 


These are originally made in small mini mufiins pan or cupcake tins. I used the tart tins with daimeter of 3", and got about 15 tarts instead of 24 mini small tarts. According to the author, "These tasty little tarts are a popular tea-time treat in the North of England. They have a curd cheese and currant filling on a tangy layer of lemon curd."



The pastry is on the crunchy side and not as buttery soft as I expect it to be. But overall, this is a nice tart to have as a tea-time snack with a cup of tea. The lemon curd is so tangy and the sourness really pairs well with the cream cheese.


The tangy lemon curd!



The raisins add a lovely touch to the tangy tart.


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LEMON CURD TARTS
(adapted from "Pastry Cook" by Catherine Atkinson)
Makes twenty-four
Ingredients
225gm/8oz/1 cup curd (farmer's cheese) (I use cream cheese)
2 eggs, beaten
75gm/3oz/6 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
5ml/1tsp finely grated lemon rind
50gm/2oz/1/4 cup currants
60ml/4 tbsp lemon curd
thick cream, to serve


For the pastry
275gm/10oz/2-1/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
pinch of salt
75gm/3oz/6 tbsp butter, diced
50gm/2oz/1/4 cup lard or white vegetable fat
60ml/4 tbsp chilled water (I use abt 5-6 tablespoons)

  1. To make the pastry, sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Rub or cut in the fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the water over the dry ingredients and mix to a dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface for a few seconds until smooth. Chill.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Roll our the pastry thinly, stamp out 24 rounds using a 7.5cm/3in plain pastry cutter and use to line a mini muffin or cupcake tins. Chill until required.
  3. Cream the curd cheese with the eggs, sugar and lemon rind in a bowl. (I beat the cream cheese until smooth and add in eggs, sugar and lemon rind, continue creaming till smooth). Stir in the currant. Place 2.5ml/1/2 tsp of the lemon curd in the base of each tartlet case. Spoon on the filling, flatten the tops and bake for 35-40 minutes until just turning golden. Serve warm or cold, topped with thick cream.



30 comments:

  1. Thanks for the well wishes. I already get a paycheck from the fabric shop. But thanks for the winks.

    Lemon is my favorite. So good.

    Happy Weekend. Happy Eating.

    Cheers.

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  2. Lovely tarts with yummy lemon curd!!

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  3. Hello your pies seem to me lovely and delicious,
    the pictures are making me mouth water...
    would say they are perfect!
    kisses and good weekend :)

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  4. Wav, wonderful pics.. that last pic is soo tempting..yummy recipe!

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  5. Ah.....as a Yorkshire lass I LOVE curd tarts, but curd tarts with lemon curd, now there is a BETTER idea all round as I am a bit if a fiend with the lemon curd! A tasty post!
    Karen

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  6. Asi partidos se ven muy bien.
    Un saludito

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  7. Damn delicious and irresistible tart,looks super prefect..

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  8. Wow these look rocking good ~ the pics are droolworthy!
    USMasala

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  9. I think I would really like these. I love lemon curd, and I think the cream cheese sounds perfect with it.

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  10. Look amazing!! I adore lemon curd!! gloria

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  11. omg..those lemon curd filled tartlets look sensational!

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  12. I love lemon curd! A nice fresh flavour with tea.

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  13. Joy, these are gorgeous! They look so pretty. I think cream cheese was an excellent choice. I don't even know what curd cheese is so I would have done the same. Perfect for tea time! I hope you're having a great weekend!

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  14. You never cease to amaze me with your baking skills, dear sis!

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  15. These tarts look awesome! I'll have 5 for breakfast please :)

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  16. This looks really yummy.. but I was wondering if you could do a post on "egg tarts"? :D

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  17. hi, looks lovely. I love lemon curd, i was thinking of making lemon curd too, theni changed my mine, just use that for spread.

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  18. I love anything lemon and your modification suits me well ad I do not have farmer's cheese in stock :) ! Thanks for sharing!

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  19. Look amazing,me encantan estas tartaletas de limón,abrazos.

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  20. i love that the curd is encased in the middle :)

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  21. Such cute little tarts! I love the scrumptious filling too!

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  22. Such cute little lemon tarts! I love lemon curd, and it looks like it makes a wonderful filling inside these. They make me feel like having a cup of tea! :)

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  23. I like lemon curd and just bought two jars home from England. I will have to try out this recipe soon. Those mini tasrts look delicious!

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  24. This sounds delicious, the tartness of the curd will make these tarts very appetizing!

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  25. Congratulations, Joyce! Your caption has been selected and is posted today. I changed ONE word. Just ONE word.

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  26. These tarts are so cute and look scrumptious! I will have to try these very soon! Thanks for the great recipe!

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  27. The lemon curd should be called Temptation. It looks yummy. I would love it if you linked it to Bake with Bizzy.
    http://bizzybakesb.blogspot.com/2011/08/bake-with-bizzy_17.html

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  28. lemon curd tarts look uberly delicious esp the pics showing the liquidy insides :)

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