I adore lemon desserts. This tart uses whole lemons (sans seeds) for the filling. We loved the slight bitterness from the pith. It had a tangy, yet sweet lemon marmalade flavor. The full recipe can be found here.
I didn’t do an nut crust like the recipe states. I had some of Dorie’s Sweet Tart Dough in my freezer from a few weeks ago, so I used that instead. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but I also torched the top of my tart. And you should, too, if you can. I loved the crunchy top with the smooth filling. (Very similar to the Lemon Goat Cheese tart I made a few weeks ago.)
My husband said, “So…these are basically lemon bars.” No, my love. This tart is much more than that. We are going to try it with grapefruit one of these next days. I can’t wait.
It was really good served with leftover (faux) mascarpone from the Tiramisu cake (you’ll see it below).
And now for the Tiramisu cake.
Megan from My Baking Adventures chose what was probably the most popular recipe for last week. I couldn’t find my USB cable for my camera to download the pictures and I had a raging case of tonsillitis, so that’s my excuse for not posting last Tuesday.
I could go on and on about my love of Tiramisu. It was my favorite dessert until I met my friend, Creme Brulee. Now it’s the friend I only see once or twice a year, but still love and have no problem catching up with even though so much time passes between each meeting.
My version didn’t come out as planned. I was sick and didn’t know it. I swear that’s why. :)
I ended up not using all the espresso syrup and booze the recipe called for because my kids wanted to eat it. (Not because I don’t look for every way possible to add booze to desserts. I do because I don’t drink, but have no problems cooking or baking with it.) And I forgot to add the chocolate between the layers. Everything was just slightly off.
I made a 9″ by 13″ cake and cut it into thirds. I like the idea of slicing it into squares.
Oh–and did I mention that I made homemade mascarpone (when I perfect it, I’ll post the recipe) for this, but neglected to follow the directions? I ended up with thick creme fraiche. Not bad, but not as good for the cake. Next time I’ll fork out the dough for the real stuff. It’s hard to find in Utah, but since I made this I’ve found it at two stores.
The verdict all around is that this is a very good cake, but we prefer regular Tiramisu. (I’m still probably going to make it again sometime though.)
For the full recipe for Tiramisu Cake go here.
Oh my! The lemon tart looks SO good! I can’t believe what you accomplish – even when you’re sick!!
I thought the lemon tart was great, and I envy your cake making skills – those layers looks so smooth and even!
Oh goodness … both of those look great. I love the rectangular layered cake.
Good job on both of them!
They both look SO Good!!! I loved the lemon tart- grapefruit sounds amazing! And the Tiramisu cake is absolute perfection! I prefer regular tiramisu as well, but your cake really is so beautiful!
Both of your desserts look amazing!
What a great idea to use grapefruit in the tart next time. That sounds so good!
sans contredit, c’est la tarte au citron qui m’attire. Le gâteau tiramisu était très bon…mais je préfère le goût du citron !
tes photos sont magnifiques ! jolies réalisations :)
Both your desserts look lovely! I want to try the tart with lime.
Both of these look just lovely! I love them both, but I think the tart was my favorite!
Both look wonderful! Great job. I hope you’re feeling better.
Love that blue plate!
Both look divine!
Both desserts look really good! I love how you decorated the cake with the shavings on top.
YUM! I absolutely LOVE Tiramisu. And the lemon Tart looks so yummy too. I will have to try that soon…thanks for another great looking post!
Wow – a double whammy! Both desserts look great, and I’m especially glad you liked the tiramisu!
do you have any of that lemon tart left? I love most things lemon and that tart looks amazing!
yum–two great desserts! so impressed that you are experimenting with homemade mascarpone!
I am loving both desserts. Such a sweet post!
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog about my friend. She really was something of a miracle. I can’t have my own children so I can only imagine what it would be like to be pregnant but to find out you have a brain tumor while pregnant would be so hard. Did you happen to see my post beneath that for chocolate icebox cake? Have you ever had one? They don’t seem to common here.
Beautiful cake and tart. Your photography is mesmerizing.
Wow! What a great post! Two for one! Both look perfect. (Tender Crumb made a grapefruit tart and suggests moving the pith next time). I hope you are feeling better too!
Not sure which of those I’d like to dive into first!
I hear ya about being busy! It doesn’t get any easier when they’re older! :)
Have a wonderful weekend…sorry have been around to comment as much!
I tried this and brought it to work. The CPAs loved it and I love the “puree everything in the blender”. Such a great idea.
They both look delicious!
I love your choice of platters with both desserts–so pretty :-)