meyer lemon tart

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The Academy Awards are coming up on Sunday, and that always makes me think of party appetizers. Even if it’s just my Man and I watching at home, I love to make delicious party appetizers and watch the Oscars. I made this compilation of appetizer recipes from the Delishytown archives to inspire ideas for your next party. Click through titles for the recipes. Have a fun weekend everybody!

Zucchini Bites, these are crispy and delicious and mostly healthy. Yum!

Tater Tot & Tomatillo Shrimp Bites, these were so good! I wish I had them for breakfast right now.

Oven Fried Buttermilk Chicken these are a good thing to make if you have a lot of hungry people coming over.

Kale Chips  these are great if you’re on a budget and have kale growing in the yard, free appetizers!

Pansy Spring Rolls these are delicious and really pretty. I love making these.

Grilled Asparagus Salad this is damn delicious! and really healthy! yum

White Trash Party Meatballs these are decadent, and really delicious!

Shrimp Egg Rolls I know you can just buy egg rolls, but these home made ones are so fresh and really tasty.

Baked Coconut Shrimp this is my favorite! The flavors explode on your taste buds!

Tarragon Deviled Eggs I love deviled eggs

Meyer Lemon Tart this is delicious and lemons are in season right now.

Grilled Artichoke these are delicious served with garlicky mayo or garlic dipping sauce

Meyer Lemon Tart with Pomegranate, Raspberry Mirror Glaze

In our back yard there’s a Meyer lemon tree that’s covered with ripe lemons right now. There are thousands of ripe lemons all over the neighborhood too! I wish I was taller and/ or had  rubber extendo arms like Mrs. Incredibles. That way I could steal all the ones that will just go to waste because the neighbors can’t possibly use them all. I’d share them with anybody who is foolishly buying lemons in the store. 

And I’d make more tarts. I love lemon desserts! They’re tangy and sweet and perfect. I’ve been trying to figure out the mirror glaze for this tart for a couple weeks, and I finally got it right. Here’s how I made this.

Heat oven to 350.

For the cookie crust: In a food processor, crumb one small package of shortbread cookies. Mix in 2 tblsp melted butter, ¼ cup ground almonds, (optional) 2 tblsp pastry flour, and 2 tblsp sugar. Press into a tart pan and bake for 10 minutes. Remove & set aside. 

For the Meyer Lemon Curd, zest 3 Meyer lemons. Smash the zest about in a mortar and pestle with 2 tblsp sugar. Set aside. 

For the lemon curd: In a small saucepan, combine the juice of the 3 Meyer lemons with 3 egg yolks and 2 whole eggs, ½ tsp corn starch, ½ cup sugar and start whisking over low heat. You can’t really walk away from this, but it only takes a few minutes. Whisk over low for about 7 to 10 minutes, until it starts to form swirly ribbons. Whisk in the smashed zest and sugar along with 4 tblsp butter, one tblsp at a time, to dissolve and thicken. Pour the lemon curd over the pre-baked tart crust. Smooth it out and bake at 350 for about 10- 12 minutes. 

For the mirror glaze: While the tart bakes, dissolve 1 packet unflavored gelatin with ½ cup pomegranate juice, ½ cup raspberry juice and ¼ to ½ cup of sugar and 1 tblsp apricot jelly. I just bought myself a juicer for Christmas, so it was easy for me to get these two fancy juices. If you don’t have a juicer, maybe just use bottled juice.

Heat over low heat until dissolved. Let cool a bit but don’t let set. Taste. If it’s not sweet enough, add a little more sugar. Pour the glaze through a mesh strainer over the baked tart. Place in the fridge to set. 

Serve with raspberries coated with sugar.

Merry Christmas!