Monday, January 28, 2008

Sunshine on a Wintery Day!

After a December of making and eating rich desserts and lavish dinners, it was refreshing to be baking a lemon pie for this month's challenge. As far as my favourite flavours go, I'm hands down a chocolate girl! I love, love, love anything chocolate. I didn't think there was anyone in the world who didn't share my passion until I met my husband. He dislikes chocolate... a lot. To the extent of not liking chocolate chip cookies and who doesn't like chocolate chip cookies!?!. I know, weird!
This is a roundabout way of getting to my point which is that his dislike of chocolate forced me to go outside of my comfort zone into the world of baking with other flavours such as citrus, caramel, vanilla, and ginger. I've loved experimenting more with flavour and along the way have discovered that lemon is pretty amazing in desserts (not as good as chocolate, mind you, but great when you want something that tastes a little lighter or more refreshing.) Lemon tastes like spring to me and lemon meringue pie is a hint of spring to come during these long, grey days of winter following Christmas.

I decided to make mini lemon tarts since they looked so cute and I didn't have a particular occasion that called for a whole pie. I used the food processor method since I normally make the dough with my pastry cutter and I wanted to try something new. I know that Dorie Greenspan uses this method for her tart dough and I had marked that as one of the recipes on my list to try. It all came together quite nicely and very fast too.
I formed the shells in medium sized muffin tins. I cut circles so that the dough, when shaped in the muffin cup, came up about halfway on the sides. They baked in about 35 minutes and after cooling to room temperature they came out very easily. The texture was a little sturdier than I like but taste testers compared it favourable to shortbread. I've tried many lemon curd recipes in the past and this one was as good as others I've tried. I was going to have fun with the meringue and experiment with many styles of topping the tarts, but time got away from me and I had to top them quickly before heading to work.


All in all, another successful and satisfying challenge. Thanks to Jenn for a great recipe, to fellow DBers for their tips, tricks and insights on our private blog and to my wonderfully talented friend Christine (www.clickphotography.ca) for taking such droolworthy pictures. She is a fabulous photographer and an even better friend!

I'm still new to the world of blogging and do more "lurking" around other DBers blogs, enjoying their yummy pics and heartwarming stories, than I do commenting and giving back some of the support that I've been getting by being part of this wonderful group. I'm making a conscious effort to put more of myself out there so I look forward to seeing everyone's beautiful creations this month and Ietting you know how great they are! See you next month - I'm crossing my fingers for a gooey, triple-chocolately Valentine's dessert!


Kelly

14 comments:

Lis said...

Kelly! What a super post! I really enjoyed reading this. :) And your friend's photos.. ah-mazing. She's very talented!

I can't wait for next month's challenge either.. and I can't wait to see what you do with it! :)

xoxo

*fanny* said...

Kelly, those little tarts you made are just gorgeous; so are your pictures.

xxx

Susan said...

Yes, the photos are droolworthy but then so was the subject. Great tarts!

Ami said...

Love the mini-tarts. I was thinking how I could make them without having tarlet pans, and now you've given me courage. The meringue also looks beautiful.

breadchick said...

Your little tartlets are so cute. Great job on your challenge!

Sheltie Girl said...

Your tarts are simply beautiful. I love the look of the swirled and toasted meringue. The pictures are lovely.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Maryann said...

Hi Kelly!Good job. Great photos!

Dolores said...

Kelly, your mini tarts are adorable. Thanks for sharing the story behind them!

Jasmine said...

Wonderful post Kelly :)

j

Princess of the kitchen said...

gorgeous tartlets. Well done!

Sandicita said...

Wow... your tartlets put mine to shame. They are simply beautiful!
My crust was also sturdier than I like but the curd was wonderful.

Marisa said...

ooh, these look lovely!

Angel said...

Your tarts looks so gorgeous!! What a fantastic little meringue tops to them too. Great Job!!

Aparna said...

Absolutely delicious looking little LMPs. I also love chocolate. There's nothing quite like it.