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Lemon Tart

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  • servings: 10

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Ingredients

  • Short Crust Dough
  • 3/4 cup creme fraiche
  • 6 large eggs, plus 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest, plus 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 12 lemons)
  • 1 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 2 cups sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 4 sheets or 1/4 ounce powdered gelatin, softened in water
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Remove short-crust dough from refrigerator. Remove parchment paper covering top, and invert onto a baking sheet. Press an 11-inch flan ring in center of short-crust dough to cut out a circle. Keeping flan ring on baking sheet, trim excess dough from outside of ring, and reserve for another use. Prick circle of dough several times with a fork. Chill until firm, about 20 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Remove dough-lined flan ring from refrigerator. Bake until light golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Cool completely on a wire rack before filling.

  3. Step 3

    Combine creme fraiche, eggs, egg yolks, lemon zest and juice, vanilla bean, and sugar in a medium-size heatproof bowl. Place over a pot of simmering water. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture thickens, about 20 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Remove from heat, and stir in softened gelatin sheets. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a medium-size bowl. Cover surface of mixture with plastic wrap to prevent skin from forming. Set mixture in an ice bath to cool to 100 degrees.

  5. Step 5

    Add butter, and using a handheld immersion blender, mix for 5 minutes. Pour into prebaked tart shell. Chill until mixture is firm, 2 to 3 hours.

  6. Step 6

    Just before serving, sprinkle individual slices with a light, even layer of sugar. Caramelize sugar to a golden brown, using a blowtorch or placing under a broiler.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, September 2000

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