Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Lucious Lemon and Lime Cream Tart

To follow on from my shortcrust sweet pastry and to stick with the Jamie Oliver theme this is the tart I made with it my pastry last weekend. Lemon is one of my all time favorite flavours (along with almond and cardamom) and this tart is creamy and luscious but sharp and tangy at the same time.

So you'll need

  • 1 tart shell, baked blind and cooled
  • 340g/12 oz caster sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 350ml/12fl oz double cream
  • 200ml/ 7 1/2 fl oz lime juice
  • 100ml/3 3/4 fl oz lemon juice
I also added the zest of 4 limes to this tart to make it extra limey as per Jamie's suggestion.

With this tart you need to remember as it has a very wet filling that the pastry will need to be brushed with beaten egg before you add the filling (egg washed) to keep the tart shell crisp. I normally do this at the very end of the blind baking but Jamie doesn't specify so whichever you want to do is fine.

  • Whisk together the sugar and eggs.
  • When they are mixed slowly stir in the cream and the juices. Put the cooled tart shell int0 the oven and pour the filling into it. If you pour it in while it's on the oven tray you shouldn't spill any of the cream mixture. Bake for 40-45 mins at 180/gas 4 or until the filling is set but still a bit wobbly in the middle. Let that tart cool for an hour before serving because if you don't then the filling will pour out and be gooey.
Dust with icing sugar and serve with strawberries or raspberries. DIVINE!!!!

6 comments:

Deborah said...

Wow this looks delicate and delicious! Would adding zest as well be too much? Looks heavenly! Will give your pastry a try too... I'm dreadful with the stuff! Big fan of Jus-rol! ;-)

lorraine@italianfoodies said...

Rachel I'm with you on the lemon - LOVE IT!!! Lemon tart is my all time favourite after limoncello of course;) This looks yum!!

Half Baked said...

Looks yummy. I love lemon too.

Kieran said...

Nice one! I'm such a fan of lime zest. It can never be too much!

jen said...

Looks fantastic! I love lemon sooooo much - it was one of the layers in our wedding cake :-)

And Jamie's recipes always work out well, don't they? There's a fab plum bakewell tart in his latest book...

Rachel said...

the plum tart is divine I'd say as I've made his normal bakewell tart and it was gggggoooooooooddddddddd!!!

Deb, the lime wouldn't be too mus cos it's more of an after taste as opposed to too strong. and let me know how you get on with the pastry