My mum really loves a proper English Lemon Tart and since we had a jar of Lemon Curd in store that we had to use up; I decided to make Lemon Tartlets. My mum made the filling and I did the pastry. We both did freestyle baking so the recipe is self-created by my mum and me. The whole thing was really spontaneous and we were surprised how good they turned out. (I’ve never baked a Lemon Tart before) So check the recipe out!
By the way, my mom bought this wooden box the same day at the thrift shop! Isn’t it a beautiful box?! I think it’s perfect for food photography, quite likely you’ll see this box in more pictures hereafter.
1/2tbs baking powder
125gr. cold butter
a pinch of salt
120gr. Lemon Curd
200gr. crème fraîche
For the pastry: Put all ingredients in a bowl and knead everything together. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Cut out squares from a baking paper and line a muffin tin out with them. Press the pastry into the tin and cover the little tartlets with baking paper squares as well. Fill them with baking beans and blind-bake for 10-15min. Remove the baking beans and bake for another 5 minutes.
For the filling: Beat up the eggs until light in colour, then add the Lemon Curd and the Creme Fraiche and mix again.
Fill the filling into the tartlets and let them bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and they’re ready to serve.
Here is a no-knead bread recipe which my mum often bakes. The recipe is from the New York Times. It’s incredibly easy to make and that’s why this bread often sits on our breakfast table. We prefer whole wheat bread, so my mum uses half whole wheat and half all-purpose flour. She generally changes up the flours now and then or she adds some seeds to give it another twist. You can just add what you want to get your perfect bread. So here it is:
1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 230°C. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.