TWD: Tartest Lemon Tart and Tiramisu Cake
Ok, bear with me, we are moving into a new apartment, I'm thirty weeks pregnant, and dear little Helen Mae is getting her incisors. I made both this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe (Tartest Lemon Tart- selected by Barb of Babette Feasts) and last week's recipe (Tiramisu Cake selected by Megan of My Baking Adventures) a few weeks ago so that I wouldn't be rushing around like I am now to write them up! So much for that plan!!
Anyway... the lemon tart was really delicious! The almond crust is absolutely foolproof and really tasty- I can't wait to try it with other nuts. The lemon filling contains the ENTIRE lemon- yep, rind and all- blended in the blender with egg, sugar, and cream. Now apparently some TWD bakers found the filling bitter because of the rind- but honestly I used the whole lemon and I didn't have any problem- I really don't know if I was just lucky or what! The filling is poured into the partially baked crust and the whole tart bakes at a pretty low temp for a good long while. The filling is almost like a lemon jelly- and although it is not the prettiest tart in the world the entire thing disappeared in a matter of minutes at the party I brought it to! In fact, I didn't even get a picture of an individual slice! I will definitely make this again.
The Tiramisu Cake was a bit of a different story. I'm still trying to weigh out the results in my head. You see, I didn't really like it very much at all- I found the cake to be dry and I thought the espresso/ kahlua syrup was too tame. I can't really say that it was awful or anything- it just wasn't great. Though the cake is not hard to make, there are quite a few components to it and it does take a good amount of time to make so I can't imagine that I'd make this again. The only thing that would keep me from saying that this was a definite miss is that my brother, my dad, and my aunt really enjoyed it (at least they said did multiple times and ate quite a few pieces each!). Honestly, I was very excited about this cake and sadly, it ended up being a let down for me.