Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Lemon crumble tart - and Pinterest

Lemon crumb tart / Torta crumble de limão siciliano

I’d like to start this post by telling you that I adore Pinterest: it’s a great way to keep track of interesting things and I usually find my morning humor dose there. Some of you have written to me asking me not to block my photos from being posted on Pinterest, and I tell you: I haven’t done that, and wouldn’t do it. I see no problem in my recipes getting pinned by you, much to the contrary. Therefore, I do not know what happened and why you’re no longer able to pin the photos – if anyone knows how to fix the problem I’m all ears. :)


This lemon tart is a variation of the easiest tart ever and despite not being equally easy – there’s a lemon curd to be made here – it’s just as delicious.

Lemon crumble tart
from the great The Grand Central Baking Book

2 ½ cups (350g) all purpose flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup (226g/2sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Lemon curd:
¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
finely grated zest of 3 lemons, divided use
4 egg yolks
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
¼ cup (56g) unsalted butter
1/8 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Lightly butter a 25cm (10in) springform pan*.
Dough: whisk the flour and salt together. Using a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and sugar together on medium speed for about 3 minutes, until creamy and light in color. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce the speed to low, add the dry ingredients and stop mixing when the ingredients are fully incorporated but the dough is still crumbly – this happens quickly; don’t overmix, otherwise you’ll end up with a ball of dough. Set aside 1 cup of the dough and refrigerate. Sprinkle the remaining dough onto the prepared pan, distributing it evenly. Bring the dough slightly up the sides of the pan (to hold the lemon curd), then press it onto the pan to hold it in place. Prick the dough all over with a fork, then bake for 25 minutes or until golden.

While the crust bakes, make the lemon curd: combine the sugar, half the lemon zest and yolks in a heatproof bowl and whisk together immediately; if you delay, the mixture will coagulate. Put the bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water whisk continuously until the sugar dissolves. Add the lemon juice and, still whisking continuously, cook for about 5 minutes. Add the butter and salt, then use a spatula to stir constantly until the mixture has thickened, 6-7 minutes (is should be the consistency of sour cream).
Strain the curd through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and stir in the remaining zest. Spoon the curd into the crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Sprinkle the remaining 1 cup of dough over the curd.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time. The topping should be slightly brown, and the curd will begin to caramelize on top.
Cool slightly before unmolding.

* I made the exact recipe above using a shallow 24cm tart pan with a removable bottom; I used 1 ½ cups of dough for the topping.

Serves 8


Walkiria said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwww, what a delicious tart. absolutely delicous. I love it. thanks for sharing your recipe.
Hugs and blessings to you all the way from Costa Rica. I love you food picture by the way.

Kristin said...

Hello from Michigan! I adore your recipes and I too, have had issues with pinning your recipe pictures to my Pinterest boards. I pretty much use Pinterest only as an online recipe file, so was very disappointed when the pictures would not show. I decided to "pin" anyway so I can keep my favorites on file from your blog. It just shows the "blocked" picture and I post a note below it for any followers saying "Website does not allow picture to be pinned, but trust me, you'll love the recipe!"

Cindy said...

I too had that same problem with pinning your recipes on my boards. I don't know how you can fix it. I love your recipes and it's good to know that it not you.

Cupcake and Talk said...

Patricia this tart looks beautiful. I am going to keep this in my recipe box. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Ummmm....I like lemon curd so much, and this tart looks perfect for me, to be enjoyed at a tea time with my friends.

Abby said...

It looks like you can only now pin an image if the blogger has created a Pin It button for a particular post. At least that's how it's working for me. I guess that's kind of like giving permission to have your work appear on Pinterest, which has been a major issue lately for many photographers and such.

Laura (Tutti Dolci) said...

Ooh, I love the crumbles here, delicious!

Melissa@Julias Bookbag said...

Have you written to their customer support or contact information Patricia? Try this link:


I want to pin EVERYTHING you do!!!

xo, Melissa

tea with hazel said...

what a great recipe..i have some lovely lemons at the moment so i must try this..thanks for sharing..jane

Just Cake Girl said...

Lovely tart :)

Sonya said...

Well you can pin it but you need to pin it via Foodgawker..we love all things lemon in this house and can't wait to make it!

kickpleat said...

I love the sound of this tart - easy? Yes please! And it might be a flickr issue, not a pinterest one: http://www.reesedixon.com/2012/05/why-cant-i-pin-from-my-site.html

Tati said...

I've noticed that about pinning your pictures on Pinterest, as I have tried many many times. I just tested and it's working now!!! =) Your photos will certainly dominate one of my boards... so many delicious things to try in your blog.

This tart looks fantastic!!!

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen Notes said...

I had the same problem with pinterest, and it turned out to be the dinamic template I was using...

Laura said...

Thanks for fixing it - I adore your blog and have pinned dozens of recipes to my Pinterest from it, so I'm glad I can pin again! :D

tea with hazel said...

i made your recipe on wednesday and it was really delicious..my children like it too!

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