This week I’m learning to make a sweet pastry and also some homemade lemon curd to put into the tart.
I did think that making my own lemon curd would take a while but it was actually very easy and quick to make as well as tasting amazing.
The pastry uses icing sugar, the seeds from a vanilla pod and ground almonds. At the beginning the pastry resembles a butter cream until you add the flour and then it starts to look like a pastry. Once the pastry has been made it is left to rest for two hours.
While the pastry is resting I made up the lemon curd by placing lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, sugar and eggs in a saucepan over a gentle heat. I gently stirred the mixture until it started to thicken. If the heat is too high the mixture will become like scrambled eggs. When the curd has thickened place through a sieve and leave to cool.
I also candied lemon slices by boiling sugar and water and placing sliced lemons into the the boiling water and letting the lemons simmer until the outside rind of the lemon is nearly clear.
When the pastry had rested I rolled out and placed into a tart tin and baked for twenty minutes. I left the tart to cool and then spread the curd over the pastry and placed the candied lemons on top for decoration. I then placed the tart in the fridge to set.
This week not only did I learn a new pastry, how to make lemon curd and candy fruit but I also managed not to get a soggy bottom on my pastry.