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Chocolate and Lemon Tarts

13 Sep

This summer was a tart filled summer. Tarts are surprisingly easy to make and turn out pretty fluted edges with no effort. You can make all types of tarts because there are so many types of crusts that be used. Flaky butter pie crusts for sweet or savory tarts and graham, shortbread or cookie crusts for sweet tarts. Plus, most of the time you only need to bake the crust and not the filling so it’s very easy. The pan I used in California was a scratched up 9″ aluminum pan I got for $2 at the thrift shop. I have a non-stick 10″ pan with a removable bottom at home in NY. I totally recommend the latter. It was a Christmas gift purchased from Crate and Barrel in my annual Cousins Secret Santa. Thanks Lisa!

Sour Cream Lemon Tart

I made a lemon tart following this recipe. It’s basically a pudding thickened with corn starch and egg yolk with lemon juice and sour cream stirred in. It’s really simple to make, especially if you use a store bought refrigerator pastry crust like I did. The result was tasty but didn’t look amazing. The zest is visible and it was difficult to smooth out the filling. It also didn’t set well at all. We drove this to the final destination and one hard stop caused the filling to shift out of the crust. Tasty but not very presentable.

after the car ride

I made the chocolate satin tart for a friend’s birthday party. I let him pick a dessert and he said anything with chocolate! It’s kind of funny because chocolate would have been the last thing I would have chosen but I have to accommodate the birthday boy! It took me a long time to decide what to make because it had to be a chocolate dessert that was portable and would survive a hot car ride to New Jersey. Chocolate cake/cupcakes would have been too fragile, cheesecake/mousse/puddings would have melted, and brownies weren’t special enough.

The recipe I used turned out to be perfect because the filling was very sturdy. That’s probably because it’s mainly chocolate! It’s almost like a firm chocolate ganache tart. The crust was made from shortbread cookies, butter and sugar. The recipe is very easy. The only thing I changed was to replace the rosemary/mint for a tablespoon of instant coffee granules. Coffee brings out the rich chocolate flavor.

The birthday boy loved the dessert. He also got a store bought cappuccino birthday cake but this 10″ tart was able to serve ~14 people. Since it’s so rich, a smaller slice is preferable. Milk is highly recommended!

What chocolate dessert would you have chosen to make?

Citrus Cumin Salad Dressing

24 Sep

A few weeks back I tried this delicious salad dressing at a dining hall. It was so tasty that my boyfriend and I kept wanting to taste that flavor again so we finally decided to make it. We bought all the ingredients and made it for dinner tonight. You have to try this dressing, it’s amazing. The only downside is that I had to buy a huge bottle of cumin (cheaper than the mini bottles) which I don’t know what to do with it now. =D

Citrus Cumin Dressing

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp grated lemon zest

Directions:

    Mix all ingredients with a whisk. Refrigerate in a bottle and enjoy. Makes ~1 2/3 cup so it’ll last a while. =D