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Friday, June 17, 2005

SHF #9: Tart with a tang!

Don’t we all love a good tart! A nice sweet crust with endless possibilities for a filling. It all really depends on your mood: fruity, chocolaty, creamy... the list goes on and on! This makes it quite hard to make a choice for this SHF, so lots of books, magazines and old cooking notes were consulted. All that reading left us with the munchies! Our final choice is a great companion for a cup of tea in the afternoon. We came up with a lemony-almond tart with an Oreo base and crème fraiche topping. Nothing beats the flavour of fresh lemon and it really gets your taste buds going.

(The crème fraiche oozes from the tangy tart)

We adapted a Dutch recipe and ground up a whole pack of Oreo biscuits with melted butter for the base. The dark brown, almost black colour is great as a contrasting colour against the light filling and has an intense coco flavour. A blast from the oven et voila: one oreo-heaven tart base is ready. It is a good idea however to chill the base before baking it: the cold base (and thus the cold butter) won’t heat as quickly once popped in the oven. The original recipe doesn’t call for additional chilling, and we think it may result in a better base. (*feel free to post your opinion on pre-bake chilling please!)

The filling itself couldn’t be easier. We beat together the zest and juice of 3 lemons and mixed it with butter, sugar, ground almonds and eggs. This was poured on the base and baked in the oven for 20 minutes. Once cooled we spread a generous layer of thick crème fraiche over the top before we made the first ceremonial slice…

Now that’s a tart with a tang! As the filling is quite lemony, we fantasized of sweet raspberries on top of the crème fraiche, or some sliced strawberries on the side or…well, maybe we just have to cut ourselves another slice to brainstorm on some lush combo’s....

Lemony love from Two Tangy Tarts, the KitchenQueens


Blogger McAuliflower said...

This a really interesting sounding tart- you so rarely see chocolate teamed up with lemon in baked goods. Odd- given that we see these flavors as buddies in candy stores.

18 June, 2005 20:45  
Blogger Jennifer said...

You are so right, McAuliflower - I have often wanted to make a chocolate crusted lemon tart but the idea has been met with quizzical looks. Now I have a point of reference for those people!

Thanks to the Kitchen Queens for this fantastic recipe and as well for joining in on SHF!

20 June, 2005 03:27  
Anonymous keiko said...

Hi Kitchen Queens - I just know I'm going to love this lemony almond tart, it looks so tempting...

20 June, 2005 13:51  
Anonymous sarah said...

all hail the kitchen queens...for using OREOS! which i have had a massive CRUSH on ever since i was a baby :)

great, creative combo!

20 June, 2005 21:53  
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