Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tuesdays with Dorie: (Not) Tarte Noire

No your eyes don't deceive you, that is definitely not a chocolate tart! This week's pick was an epic fail for me, resulting in a bowl of black sludge oozing fat. Yech. I have made ganache many times without any problems so I can only think the fat content of my cream was too high. Whatever it was it was totally unusable and ended up in the bin.

Having now run out of both cream and chocolate (soooo glad Lindt was 50% off this week so I only wasted $6 on chocolate instead of $12) I had to come up with another use for my tart shell.

Inspired by the Mystery Box challenges on MasterChef I searched the fridge/pantry and came up with condensed milk, sour cream, eggs, vanilla and lemon. Voila! The baked lemon custard tart was born!

As my tart shell was already fully baked I was a little worried it would get too dark upon baking again but I kept a close eye and had no problems.

Baked Lemon Custard Tart
(makes enough filling for 2 tarts)

400ml sour cream
1 tin of condensed milk
2 eggs
1ts vanilla paste
juice and rind of 1 lemon
2 tbs strawberry jam
Fresh strawberries and icing sugar to serve

Preheat your oven to 180/350 degrees. Place your prebaked tart shell on a baking tray. Brush the base with strawberry jam and set to one side. Combine all other ingredients in the food processor and blitz until very smooth. Pour the filling into the tart shell and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until set (firm but with a slight wobble in the middle). Tent with foil during baking if the crust is becoming too dark.

Remove the tart from the oven and allow to cool to room temperature then refrigerate for a couple of hours.

To serve, carefully remove the tart from the pan and place on a serving plate. Cover the top with sliced strawberries and a dusting of icing sugar.

The taste test ...

An absolute winner! The filling tastes almost exactly like a lemon cheesecake but a lot lighter (obviously without all the cream cheese). The lemon and strawberries complimented each other perfectly and the sweet tart crust was delish as always. Hubby was really looking forward to chocolate tart but even he wasn't too disappointed to get this instead!

My apologies to Dharmagirl of bliss: towards a delicious life for completely stuffing up her pick this week! To see how it should have been done visit the other TWD bakers here.

** Blogger seems to be eating my comments for some reason. I'm not sure who you are, but if you were one of the 7 or so people who commented this afternoon and your comment isn't here, that's why! Anyone had this happen before??**


  1. This looks super! I like lemon tart (esp with condensed milk) better than chocolate tart anyhow. I had the reverse problem - I didn't have the equipment to make a nice tartshell, so I opted for frozen shortcrust pastry in a springform tin - never do this, it is not a good idea!!

  2. This looks so delicious! Sorry for the disappointing fail but you certainly turned it into a win. Your photos are beautiful, too.

  3. I. LOVE. LEMON. TART. Waaaaay more than chocolate tarts. I think this is an upgrade! :-)

  4. Oooo, that looks yummy! Sorry the ganache didn't turn out but your dessert looks like a winner. :)

  5. This looks so delicious! Lemon is one of my favorite flavors!

  6. Your tart looks lovely. I love lemon tarts! I am still trying to convince my hubby to let me make one (he hates lemon.)

  7. This looks absolutely, positively delicious!!!!!

  8. A success! Your lemon tart looks perfect.

  9. This is not my sandwich.

  10. Love the way you arranged the strawberries. Taking notes...

    Sorry about the chocolate. It was absolutely decadent.

  11. Great job saving the tart dough even though the ganache didn't work out!

  12. OM gosh does that look good..I'd rather have that then the chocolate one any day~

  13. Sorry the chocolate didn't work out for you but you can't go wrong with a lemon tart! Great work!

  14. Your lemon tart looks fantastic!

  15. Oh goodness gracious this looks fantastic!!

    I've had more than my fair share of kitchen mishaps, so I feel your pain!!

    High five for turning your 'fail' into a 'win' because this tart looks like a winner!!

  16. That looks tremendously good still. I would rather a slice of that action in all honesty!

  17. Thank you Thank you! Now I can't wait to make THIS tart! Looks heavenly - and so sorry about the mishap with the ganache. I HATE wasting chocolate.. especially GOOD stuff! Beautiful tart!

  18. Super Save!! My first batch of ganache ended up in the bin as well. Luckily I had some extra chocolate in he cabinet.

    Love this lemon tart. Looks delish with the beautiful strawberries.

  19. looks beautiful, chocolate or not!

  20. everything about this looks fantastic. the ratio of filling/crust.. yum!

  21. that is a gorgeous lemon tart! I love the fresh lemon taste...and it looks so creamy!
    what a wonderful dessert!

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  23. your tart looks delicious! excellent adaptation and way to salvage your crust. thanks for baking with me this week:)


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