Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lemon Curd Tartlets

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Mmmm lemon curd tartlets! It makes my mouth water just thinking about them! I found these little 4-inch tartlet pans at Bed, Bath & Beyond and had to have them. I thought they would be great for little individual-size quiches that Lauren could eat for breakfast on the way to school. Ughh....I'm not looking forward to those rushed school-day mornings that will be starting on Monday! Where did summer go? Anyway...the first thing I used these pans for is lemon curd tartlets! (My mouth is watering everytime I type lemon curd!)

I also bought a microplane which makes zesting lemons a breeze! Don't you just love new kitchen toys? They make playing house so much more fun!

I used Ina Garten's (The Barefoot Contessa) recipe for a lemon curd tart but used 6 tartlet pans instead of one large pan. Lauren and I had one and I took the rest to work and everyone loved them! I will be definitely be making this recipe again!
These actually looked a lot better but I covered them with plastic wrap and put them in the fridge overnight so I could take pictures in the morning when the light was better. The lemon curd was as smooth as glass but unfortunately the plastic wrap stuck to it and messed them all up. Oh well!

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love my microplane too - it's my absolute favorite kitchen tool. It's makes the most beautiful zests, chocolate shavings, and works perfectly for grating whole nutmegs. And what else can you say about anything Ina Garten does? She's just the best and her recipes are awesome. I'm making scones and her lemon curd for a baby shower on Saturday.

Monica
Littlestown, PA

Melissa Miller said...

I have to try them! They look so pretty and delicious. I just love lemon desserts. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

~Blessings my friend, ~Melissa ;)

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy,
I wish I could stop by for dessert! Unfortunately i live in SE PA. Those tarts look delicious. I watched Ina Garten recently when she did a show comparing food and desserts made two ways - with and without lemon zest. She tested the samples on her staff (they didn't know which had the zest added) and the lemon zest ones won hands down. I must admit when recipes have called for zest I have never added it. But after seeing her show I will have to try adding it one of these days. Unfortunately I'm no Ina Garten. Isn't her home to die for...I watch just to see it.

I look at your blog every day and just love it. You have made a beautiful home and I'm so glad you share it with us.

Teacup Lady (Sandy)

Ms. Bake-it said...

I too love my microplane. Your tarts look lovely! I had the same thing happen to me when I made a cheese cake in June. I was so upset because the top had been perfect until the wrap stuck!

Rebecca @ Belle Blog said...

I love my tartlet pans. My recipe has a layer of dark chocolate ganache at the bottom, underneath the lemon curd. The dark chocolate and tart lemon go together so yummy!! Mmmmmm want to go make some now!!
♥ Rebecca

Debbie said...

Cindy, I still think your lemon tartlets look wonderful! I love my microplaner too. And anything I've ever made from Ina Garten's Barefoot Contessa is always a winner. I'll be trying this one too. Thank you for sharing. You always give me great ideas for serving to make it special.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

They look so good. I love lemon curd - could eat it by the spoonfuls.

tales from an oc cottage said...

They look gorgeous!

m ^..^

Brenda Leyland said...

Now that looks absolutely delicious!

I have to admit, the very first time I had some lemon curd (storebought) I thought I was eating Lemon Pledge (furniture polish).

So for a long time I was kinda leery about lemon curd. But thankfully I got over it!

YUM!

Jeannine said...

Why can't my kitchen be blooming with lovely blush roses? The tartlets look wonderful. I'll have to try those. Thanks for sharing the recipe link too!

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

My these look yummy!! Cindy I love the picture with the lemon being grated - the sweet cannisters with the cups- the eggs in the background- so sweet. I cannot remember if you have shown your kitchen- I would love to see it if you could direct me to the post! thanks!

blessings
mary

Kathleen Grace said...

I adore lemon curd, these look so good! i got a set of microplanes a couple years ago and we use them for so many things I don't know what I did without them!

cottagesweet said...

Lemon curd tart is a favorite of mine and yours looked soooo good. 'Course, I make mine with gluten free flour and it still tastes great. Those roses look mighty delicious, too.!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Umm... lovely lemon tartlets! I love Ina Garten; she's like Chef on Valium -- so calm.

Cass

Catherine said...

Cindy~they look and sound so delicious~I love any desert with lemon! And, you are quite the stylist~nice captures!
Cat

Lee Laurie said...

Those look so yummy! I love lemon! I will have to try these. I have the tart pans. I bought some tiny little tart pans at the thrift shop the other day. I think that they are for making miniture cheesecakes. YUM!

Beverly said...

Not only do they sound delicious, they look beautiful, too. I'm drooling. ;-)

Chatelaine said...

Your coworkers must love you. I know you bring them lots of treats.

I love lemon curd too. I have a friend who eats it straight from the jar!

Carol @ The Roseberry Cottage said...

Hi Cindy,
Oh my, do they look yummy!!!
Carol

violetlady said...

Beautiful photos, Cindy. You should be a food stylist for magazines. Is the tart crust just like a pie crust?

violetlady said...

I just saw microplanes in a magazine -- will have to get one since I love lemons.

Rose said...

Oh wow and you ALSO have my mouth watering! lol I have I don't know how many lemon recipes and have never hardly made any of them. But man how I love lemons! I am a diabetic so I can't have much of it. But I can still dream! ;)

Nicole said...

Wow, it's awesome I love it more if you replace the flower of it.

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Regina said...

Hi Cindy,
mmmmmh they looks so great and very
delicious.I will it try.
have a nice day,
hugs Regina

cathyo said...

Hi Cindy

Hummmmm!!!I love lemon curd tartlets so much. it's my favorite dessert
I will true this recipe
Hugs
Cathy

Amalena said...

This looks absolutely amazing! i can even smell it :)

Ye Olde Tavern Life said...

Your blog is beautiful. Love the yummy photos of the lemon tarts. Thanks for sharing your beautiful home and delicious recipe. Cheers! Krys

marlis said...

my mouth is watering too.. i will have to make these soon.. and go get a microplane!

the tarts look divine regardless of the cling wrap!

Nancy said...

Your tarts look perfect and very enticing! I already grabbed the recipe and will have to try them!I think the tartlet idea is nicer than the single tart!
~Nancy

Melissa Lester said...

Those tarts look delicious -- perfect for a cup of tea!

Ana~A Petite Cottage said...

Yummmm! I couldn't get through your post without drooling. They look so tasty. I'll have to try the recipe. If it's Ina's I now they'll be good, I love her show. Thanks for sharing.

♥Ana

Anonymous said...

I so love your site! Thank you so much for brightening each day.
Bernadette

ROSE VINE COTTAGE said...

YUMMY, they look to pretty to eat!! I've said it before and I'll say it again those employees that work with you are soooo lucky, lol, your special treats would make it worth going to work(;
Hugs~Kelly

Cindy Logan said...

MMMMmmmmm.....the pictures made me drool.....

Lisa said...

One word, yum!!!!!

sylvia said...

wonderful pictures again cindy...they make me hungry!!

Judi said...

Hi Cindy
Oh my these look so gorgeous. You did a wonderful job too...oh my mouth just tastes them already. Lovely pics too. I'll have to look into those tart pans too.
have a great weekend.
Judi