I finally found some Meyer lemons at the market and jumped at the chance to make my favorite lemon tart for Sunday dinner. Vanessa, an LCB compatriot and fellow Austinite, joined us for dinner along with her lovely husband, Graham. The tart was my contribution since I let le Chef handle the rest of the meal. He outdid himself, as usual. It's so nice to have a pro around. Vanessa made a yummy chocolate mousse cake and she was kind enough to leave some leftovers. I just finished the last piece for dinner.
This tart is from Suzanne Goin's Sunday Suppers at Lucques. Her tart dough recipe that I referenced in my last post on pecan pie makes two tart shells so, double bonus, I already had tart dough on hand. Many of the recipes in Sunday Suppers are a little complicated- I would not call it a cookbook for amateurs. I've tried a couple of her recipes with varying success. I'm sure it's user error and not her recipes! This lemon tart recipe, however, is easy-peasy. It's just as delicious with garden variety lemons as well so don't wait until Meyer season to break it out!
In the introduction to the recipe, there is a charming story about how Suzanne learned the recipe while doing her senior project in high school at Ma Maison, a French restaurant in L.A. In 1984, as a girl in a French restaurant, she was sent strait to the pastry kitchen. She tells of how she ran home evenings to faithfully re-create the recipes she learned to practice her pastry skills. Her sister kept imploring her to add chocolate to the tart and finally, to appease her on her birthday, she went for it. Voila! A now classic that bloggers many times over have made and shared with their readers. I'm happy to add to the ranks.
I made another old favorite (and another that Jan passed along to me) for a going away brunch this weekend- Ina Garten's (the Barefoot Contessa) cheddar-dill scones. I make these scones with chives instead of dill and I think they're even more delicious for it. The brunch was hosted by Ellen, my former co-worker, who was very pregnant at her baby shower you'll see in an earlier post on this blog. She has since had the world's cutest baby boy, Evan. Now she has the audacity to up and move to the ATL, taking him away from us. All because her husband got an amazing job. Good luck guys!