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Tartest Lemon Tart

This week's Tuesdays with Dorie baking challenge fell right around Mother's Day, allowing me to make something delicious for my mother in law. I would have baked for my mom, but she's enjoying the tropical sunshine and delicious foods overseas (so jealous!). These Tartest Lemon Tarts were the perfect gift, or "a labor of love" (as my mother in law puts it), making our Mother's Day gift something she enjoyed.


To make the tart, a whole lemon and a half was used - peel and all! It's no wonder that these definitely live up to it's name as being the Tartest Lemon Tarts.


The recipe calls for placing a whole lemon and a half into a blender with sugar. Thankfully, my Vitamix blender did a fine job with no problem.


Once blended to a pulp, an egg, egg yolks, cornstarch, heavy cream and melted butter is added to the mix. It takes another whirl in the blender before pouring into a pre-baked tart shell.


After it baked for under an hour, I let them cool, chill and garnished with a dusting of powdered sugar and a fresh mint leaf from my Aerogarden.


Changes I made to the original recipe was reducing the amount of filling and dough to make enough tart dough for 3 smaller tarts, since I knew my mother in law wouldn't be able to finish a whole one. It was the perfect amount that fit nicely in the box I used.


For an additional treat, I made my mother in law some chocolate covered strawberries too. They came out okay and she definitely loved everything. Thanks to Babette of Babette Feasts for choosing this recipe! Be sure to check out how other Tuesday With Dorie bakers did with their tarts!

17 comments

  1. Oh so pretty. What a lovely gift for your MIL. And I love the mini-tarts!

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  2. These are beautiful! My dad loves lemon bars, so I think I'm going to make these for him when he comes to visit.

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  3. Those look so beautiful! I love lemon!

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  4. What a gorgeous Mother's Day gift!!! And I need me a Vitamix! I'm dying for one!

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  5. Those look SO good. I love lemon desserts. Tarts are always so fun and elegant too.

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  6. Your tarts are adorable! What a great gift!! :)

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  7. What lovely little tarts! You have one lucky mother in law!

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  8. That was a great gift idea! Somehow I think calories that come from a gift just don't count. (Okay, they might make me gain weight, but I don't feel as guilty about eating them, as it's my "duty" to enjoy the present!)

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  9. Nice!! The chocolate covered strawberries were a great idea, too!

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  10. That's a serious blender - I'm not sure anything would stand in its way!

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  11. Your tarts are lovely! Well done.

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  12. Beautiful tarts! And I love very tart lemon tarts.:)

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  13. your tarts look fantastic, i'm sure your mom enjoyed them

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  14. Love the mini versions!!! I have been wanting to make LEMON tarts forever... I just need to gpo ahead and do them!!

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  15. These look so delicious - may I please, please have one?

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  16. Lemon tart and choco strawberries. Fantabulous. They look lovely and delicious.

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