Bake Off Bake Along #5 | Tarte Au Citron

It's been a few weeks and my my, it's good to be back on track. I had every intention of getting this one out of the way before holiday but ho hum, life happens :)

I must admit, pastry is probably one of my least practised baking skills. I successfully made a lemon meringue pie once, but that's about as far as it goes. I wanted to keep it simple, and as this was the week our dear Norman left the competition, I thought I'd honour him by creating his 'signature' bake, a Tarte Au Citron.

I quite enjoyed making this one, and I think I felt a lot more accomplished when taking it out of the oven, perhaps because I don't normally make pies or tarts, or maybe because of the fear of creating lemony scrambled eggs by accident...

Ok, so a few things I struggled with; how slippery and weak the pastry became by the time I'd finished rolling it out - although I was grateful for the tip of rolling out in between two sheets of baking paper. And this is definitely by own fault but I well over-beat the eggs, into soft peaks. I don't know why, I just did and it left a small bubbly layer on the top whilst baking.

Also, I seem to have lost the knack of my oven and keep setting it too high as the tart gained a 'golden' brown colour early on whilst baking, so I promptly turned the temperature down. I guess nothing a bit of icing sugar on the top couldn't fix.

It's not the neatest tart and certainly wouldn't win prizes, but the verdict from the boy was 'I think this might be the best thing you've ever baked'... high praise indeed. It does taste pretty darn good if I say so myself.

So there we have it, Tarte Au Citron, another string to my baking bow!

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