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Friday, 15 July 2016

Gluten Free Mini Lemon Tarts




My Nana used to make the most amazing lemon butter (lemon curd) - it was super yellow from her own little chickens eggs and it was lemon heaven on soft fresh white bread.  As we have some gluten free family members I adjusted my pastry recipe to a gluten free pastry (best eaten on day of baking but yes, can be frozen!) and added my conversion of Nana's lemon butter to make a lemon custard.  These are so good, a little sprinkle of icing sugar, a little dollop of thick cream - yum, impossible to stop at one.  Make them as one big tart or mini tarts as described below.    This pastry is also PERFECT for apple pies, apple roses and if eliminating the sugar - quiche and savoury pies.

Mini Lemon Tarts - Pastry

2 cups gluten free plain flour (or use regular plain / all purpose flour if you don't need gluten free)
3 tablespoons caster (superfine sugar)
150g (5 oz) cold butter, chopped
2-3 tablespoons iced water

  • Using a food processor, process the flour, sugar and butter until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • With the processor still running, slowly add enough water till the dough forms into a ball.
  • Knead lightly and wrap in plastic wrap in fridge for 30 minutes.
  • Roll out the pastry between sheets of baking paper and line your pie tin or a cupcake pan with pastry (about 2-3mm thick).
  • Pop in a 180oC oven (350oF) for about 10 minutes or till pastry is just lightly golden.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.
hint:  I cut my mini tarts by pressing a small bowl on the rolled pastry to create the perfect circle...


Mini Lemon Tarts - Filling

3/4 cup (6fl oz) lemon juice
3/4 cup caster (superfine) sugar
3/4 cup (6fl oz) cream
3 eggs lightly beaten

  • Turn your oven temperature down to 140oC.  
  • Place the lemon and sugar in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the cream and eggs and stir continuously for five minutes.
  • Put into a heatproof jug and pour into the pastry shell/tart shells
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the filling is just set.  
  • Cool completely and serve
Makes approximately two dozen mini tarts.  Tarts can be frozen.

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