Lemon Tart

The weather was ghastly, cold and wet today. I thought I’d cook something with a lot of vitamin C. Lemons are a good source of vitamin C so I bought a bag of organic lemons to make a lemon tart. The recipe is from Saisonküche, issue 7/2004, an issue dedicated to Irish recipes. The one I am using here is from chef Feargal O’Donnell.
First you have to prepare the shortcrust pastry by mixing 100g cold butter with 200g flour, 50g sugar and a pinch of salt.

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Add 1 egg and a tablespoon of ice cold water to the crumbly mix and work it into a pastry dough.

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Put the shortcrust pastry in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Then roll out the pastry about 3mm thin and put it in a round pie form (30cm diameter). Bake it blind (i.e. with dried beans or second pie dish on top) for 10 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius.

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Then remove the beans/pie dish and bake for a further 10 minutes.
In the meantime prepare the filling and start off with grating the peel off of three lemons. Put it in a bowl together with the lemon juice. Add 220g sugar and 6 eggs.

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Finally, add 2dl lightly whipped cream.

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Pour the lemon filling into the pastry mould and bake at 140 degrees Celsius for 35-40 minutes (until the lemon filling has set). I had to use a smaller pie dish and baked the leftover filling in a gratin dish.

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The result was delicious and the right balance between sweet and tart. A great recipe from Mr. O’Donnell, indeed!

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