Our third and final recipe from The Food52 Cookbook review was a sweet surprise considering there is and entire lemon in the mix. Yes, that’s right, no zesting or juicing required—remove the seeds, trim the ends, and you are ready to go. Lemon lovers that we are, we used regular lemon in place of the Meyer lemon indicated in the recipe (our grocery store seemed to always be sold out) without any “intrusive acidity” alluded to in the recipe intro.
Just five ingredients and a blender is all you need for this refreshing dessert once your favorite crust is secured.
Unless, of course, you take the approach of Culinista Annouchka, from the Food52 community who said, “I actually put the mixture into ramekins and in a water bath—it was a superb crustless lemon tart!” I have to agree; crust or no crust, the simplicity and straightforward lemon in this tart is wonderful, if not a bit lazy. Remarkably, it was even better the second day, though amazing it lasted that long.
We used our favorite gluten-free pie crust, which has more ingredients than the tart filling, but with a food processor is a snap to make from scratch. The great thing about scratch pie crust is making extra for a cinnamon-sugar crusts treat for the kids (and the kid in me). Usually, I cut them into strips, but this time my daughter wanted to make a dinosaur shape, velociraptor, specifically (made famous by the Jurassic Park movies). Artist that she is, she did a fair job with it—besides, it’s always good to have a little fun in the kitchen!
- 1 large Meyer lemon, cut into 8 pieces
- 11/2 cups superfine sugar
- 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- Your favorite 9-inch tart shell, blind-baked
- Heat the oven to 350°F. Put all the ingredients—except the tart shell—into a blender and whirl like crazy!
- Pour into the tart shell.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. (Watch that the top does not burn.) Cool on a wire rack before serving.
ABOUT THE COOK
Mary Fairbanks Constant owns Constant Winery in Napa Valley, California, where she also serves as the winery cook. Here’s her blog: Current Vintage www.current‑vintage.com
WHAT THE COMMUNITY SAID
Aargersi: “Made this for a dinner party Saturday night and it was a hit! I used a pecan maple crust recipe that is super easy and it all came together perfectly. Bless you, Lazy Mary! This appears to be one of the most popular recipes on Food52!!!”
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