Saturday, September 7, 2013

Blueberry Lemon tart

I was looking for something to do with an abundance of blueberries that I had leftover from a potluck brunch and had my heart set on a classic lemon tart recipe. What's great about this recipe is it's simple ingredients... but they yield such boisterous and complex flavors!

This is a classic Lemon Blueberry tart recipe that especially hits the spot on those late summer evenings. I'm still dreaming about this delicious tart. If I didn't know how much butter was in it, I'd probably eat it everyday.


For the crust:

1 stick Cold butter, cut into pea size pieces
1/4 cup Sugar
1 1/4 cup All-Purpose Flour, plus extra for rolling dough
1 Egg Yolk
Pinch Salt
2 to 4 tbs Cold Water

For the curd:

3/4 cup Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed (approx. 5 lemons)
Zest of 3 Lemons
1 1/3 cups Sugar
5 Eggs
Pinch salt
1 1/2 Sticks Butter, cut into pats

For the garnish:

1 pint Blueberries
2 tbs Sugar
2 tbs Lemon Juice, fresh squeezed (approx. 1 lemon)


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

For the dough:

Put the butter, sugar, flour, egg yolk and salt in a food processor and pulse for 30 to 60 seconds or until the mixture has a grainy consistency, or what I like to call the "Parmesan cheese" stage. Add half of the water and pulse the food processor 2 to 3 times. The dough should start to come together, add the remaining water if needed. Check the consistency of the dough by clenching a small handful in your fist. If the dough stays together, it is the proper consistency. If not, pulse the dough with a little more water. When the dough has reached the proper consistency, dump it out on a clean work surface. Using the heel of your hand, schmear the dough straight forward and roll it back with your fingertips. Repeat this process 1 to 2 more times, dust with flour if needed. Form the dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll the dough out to 1/8 to 1/4-inch in thickness. Lay the dough in the tart pan. Roll over the top edge of the tart pan with the rolling pin to cut the extra dough from the pan and create a crisp edge. Cover the dough with aluminum foil and gently poke the foil into the side edges to fit the pan. This will help to keep the sides of the tart tall and straight as it cooks. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, remove the foil and bake for 2 to 3 minutes more. Remove the tart shell from the oven and cool. The dough should be golden and crisp

For the curd:

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.

In a bowl, combine the lemon juice, zest, sugar, eggs and salt and whisk to a homogeneous consistency. Place in saucepan and bring to a medium heat. Cook, whisking, constantly until the mixture has thickened, about 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the butter, 2 pats at a time until it's incorporated and has a silky consistency.

Pour the lemon curd into the prepared tart shell and bake in the preheated oven until the lemon curd has set, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting.

To garnish: 

In a small bowl, mix together blueberries, sugar and lemon juice. Pour on top of cooled tart. 

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