I've called this dish 'Easy Lemon Tart' because I really do mean it's easy... It's quick, it's delicious, there is absolutely no baking involved. It also uses 4 whole eggs, so you're not left with egg yolks/whites in the fridge, feeling guilty about the prospect of wasting them! The easiest aspect is that because the base is biscuit based, you are saved the trouble of making dough, resting it, blind baking it, and so on.. The curd is the more 'labour intensive' component of the recipe, but it is well worth the oh so minimal effort! I find this curd recipe makes for a really well balanced flavoured filling which is also free of the excessive egginess you often come across in lemon curds. Obviously though, the acidity of lemons varies, so I'd recommend to taste and add additional sugar if required.
Easy Lemon Tart
recipe adapted from Super Food Ideas, February 2007
165g plain sweet biscuits (such as Marie or Nice biscuits) processed to fine crumbs
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
100g unsalted butter, melted
puring icing sugar, to serve
1c caster sugar
125g unsalted butter, chopped
1. Lightly grease a 2 cm deep, 24 cm loose-based round tart tin. Combine the biscuit crumbs, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter in a food processor until the mixture starts to come together. Press into base and sides of prepared tin. Note - you may not need all of the biscuit mixture to cover the base and sides of your tin. Refrigerate for one hour.
2. Meanwhile, start on the lemon curd. Finely zest 1 lemon and juice all lemons. Whisk eggs and sugar together in a heatproof bowl until well combined. Add lemon zest and 2/3 c lemon juice, whisking constantly until well combined.
3. Place bowl over a saucepan of simmering water (do not allow base of bowl to touch water). Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 20 to 25 minutes or until thick and custard like. Do not allow to boil. Remove from heat and whisk in butter.
4. Allow curd to cool to room temperature before pouring into the chilled tart case. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
Tell me oh lovely readers, what is your favourite way to use our little lemon friend in the kitchen?