RECIPE: Lemon Tarts for nana grandma!
Lemon Tarts- crust-8 oz cream cheese 1 1/3 c. butter 2 2/3 c. flour Mix together well in mixer. Best to take ingredients right out of fridge & mix ,if they sit out dough is too soft. If you are making tiny tarts for a wedding or even 3 in tarts you can make little balls & just press them into the tart pans. If you are making larger tarts, I roll the dough between 2 sheets waxed paper the bottom sheet taped with masking tape to table or other smooth surface. I use a tiny bit of flour on bottom sheet swing the dough around in it flip over add top sheet & roll out to fit the piepan size you are using. I use oval, round,etc, some are lids others are from store bought pies but the trick is to only go up the side of pan about 1 inch. You will get 21-3 in tarts,15 tiny tarts & 1- 6 in pie pan from 1 batch- I go for easy so I use the oval or round 6-8 in pans & I get about 6 of these larger tarts. They freeze well with either pecan or lemon filling. Lemon filling-2 c. sugar 1/4 c flour, 1/8 tsp salt 2/3 cube of butter(softened) 1/3 c. lemon juice (from a lemon)rind grated off of 2 medium lemons about 3-4 in long 2- 2 1/2 in. thick be sure to only get the yellow part( wash lemon well- I use nylon scrubber) the white part under the rind is very bitter-don't use it.4 unbeaten large eggs, mix just until mixed together. pour into 4- 6 in tart pans that are lined with dough. About 3/4 in thick. I have to make 1/2 batch more of the lemon filling as I usually have 2 other pans that are dough filled & I love the lemon. Pecan filling I use is 3 eggs,beaten,1 c. light Karo,1/2 tsp salt,1/2 c lt br. sugar,3 Tbs butter, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 Tbs. flour 1 c.chopped pecans. Melt butter. Combine eggs sugars & Karo, add rest. Bake these at 350 degrees 25-40 min depending on your oven. They should be med. golden browned on edges of tart& filling, toothpick should not be wet but have a little bit of lemon on it.It will have a little bit of browning on the lemon. pecan should be pretty "set" that means not soupy & toothpick not wet pecans should not be easy to move!( trying to help beginners here!LOL) They are delicious & everytime I've taken them for gettogether I come home empty handed, they eat them all!! Jan