Friday, April 9, 2010

Chocolate Lemon Tart

My sister: Oh, you should check out my sister's blog. It's all about food.
Lady sitting alone in the restaurant (out for Mommy Time) who struck up a conversation about the menu: Is she fat?

Not yet. I love baking and dessert ... yes, yes, and morning pastries, too. My sister is convinced that we are gifted, we Sorensons, with the ability to put away more than your average calories without gaining (too much) weight. We shall see.

For Easter, I would have added chocolate curls to the top of this tart. But since Josh and I will be the only ones eating it, why bother? For extra chocolate, yeah, I know.

I couldn't really get a good shot of the tart. Perhaps that's because I was so excited to eat it, that I didn't want to wait for good photography.
Lemon Tart with Chocolate Crust:
For Crust:
1 & 1/4 cup flour
1 stick (8T) unsalted butter
1 T water
4 T powdered sugar
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder

For Filling:
6 eggs
1 & 1/4 c. sugar
2/3 cup lemon juice
2/3 cup heavy cream
grated rind from 2 lemons

For filling, melt butter and water together and pour over sifted dry ingredients. Press into a buttered tart pan, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. (I like to finish it in the freezer for 20 minutes, although this adds to baking time.) Preheat oven to 375. For the filling, beat eggs and sugar until sugar dissolves. Stir in remaining three ingredients. Pour into prepared shell and bake for 20-25 minutes until custard is set. (This may take 35-40 minutes if the shell is well frozen.)

As I mentioned, you can make chocolate curls for the top. Or even melt some dark chocolate and splatter it around for an artsy effect.


  1. I've had people tell me I ought to be fat because I keep a food blog. I do think I eat pretty healthily though. I also think home-cooked food is a million times better for you then pre-packaged meals.

    Anyway, your tart looks yummy!

  2. So true, Charlene. I was looking at some shortcut foods in the frozen section this week, but put them all back because of high sodium and a bunch of ingredients and additives I couldn't pronounce, or at least had no idea where they came from.

    I suppose my consumption of baked goods means I'm not skinny as a rail, but healthful eating means I'm not in the alarmingly high percentage in this country that is obese. Packaged and processed foods do so much harm.

  3. Hi!

    love your tart... so pretty to look n must be yummy to eat. Love the Chocolate crust idea.
    Loved surprising my friends with these :) Lemon Cake, Lemon Tarts ~ Happy Anniversary Shikha & Sujith n Surprise for Sharad

    The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts - Nachiketa
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