Sunday, January 9, 2011
Ever since I bought The Pastry Queen, I have wanted to make these tarts. Seriously, how fun are they? Plus, they are Rebecca Rather's signature dessert. If out of all the decadent and mouth-watering desserts she features in her cookbook, these are what she's known for, then I HAD to make them. I also had so much fun making the chocolate version over the summer, so I was really looking forward to this week's recipe.
In all actuality, these are nothing more than a lemon-meringue pie that's been gussied up. Buttery, shortbread crust that is studded with almonds, tart lemon-lime curd, and heaps of fluffy meringue. But isn't this so much more fun?
I was a little concerned after I made the citrus curd - it was mouth-pucking it was so tart. But once it's combined with the rich crust and the sweet meringue, it all balances out. Obviously styling the meringue is the most fun part of the assembly - Joey really liked helping, and I let him torch it since he's a boy and likes to play with fire. I think Caroline would have loved helping too, but well, I didn't feel like making a trip to the emergency room for an allergy attack (she is allergic to eggs).
Thanks to Sarah for picking yet another fabulous, over the top dessert. Check out her blog for the full recipe, and check back next week - it's gonna get wild (card)!