Thursday, August 28, 2008

Remembering Tasha Tudor, Part III


"Baking"
By Tasha Tudor, 1991

Tasha was known for her home cooking and in fact, she created a cookbook called The Tasha Tudor Cookbook: Recipes and Reminiscences from Corgi Cottage. I don't own it, but I am sure you wouldn't be disappointed in owning it. Tonight for dessert, in honor of Tasha, I made Lemon Tartlets from her receipts (recipes) taken from the Tasha Tudor Family website. I didn't have the convenience of buying lemon curd for this recipe, so I made my own from scratch. I'll share it with you.



Lemon Curd

1 c. sugar
2 t. cornstarch
1/2 c. fresh lemon juice
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
4 T. butter

In a stainless steel pot, mix sugar and cornstarch together. Next, whisk fresh lemon juice and eggs and egg yolks together. Turn on the heat to medium-low and begin to cook the mixture, whisking constantly. Add butter in pats. Continue whisking until the lemon curd thickens. Remove from heat and cool completely. You may refrigerate lemon curd for about 2 weeks.

Lemon Tartlets

1 jar of good quality lemon curd (or homemade)
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2 sticks (one cup) of butter, softened
1 t. vanilla
2 c. flour
1/2 c. ground almonds
pinch of salt

Cream sugar and butter until smooth. Add vanilla and beat well. Mix in flour, salt, and almonds to form a soft dough. Chill dough. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Form dough into small balls and press into tartlet/mini muffin tins. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Spoon lemon curd into cooled tartlet. You may garnish with edible flowers like violets or pansies for a beautiful tea presentation. (I added a little whipped cream to mine. ~J)
This recipe made 10 tartlets in a regular sized muffin tin.

Here's to you Tasha! Happy Birthday!

12 comments:

  1. Yumm, I am right over. Clarice

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  2. What a lovely, lovely tribute. I recently purchased the cookbook you mentioned by Tasha, but have not tried any of the recipes yet. Your lemon curd tartlets look beautiful!

    Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    LaTeaDah

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  3. Perfect timing for this recipe! I have some leftover lemon curd from the lemon cake disaster of last weekend -- these tarts look like just what I need! Thanks so much for posting!

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  4. Thanks for all three parts of your posts and sharing recipes!

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  5. I enjoyed all 3 parts of your tribute, even the plate you served the tart on was Tasha style!

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  6. Jody,
    What a lovely job you did on the Tasha Tudor post! Each part was a treat to read. I just remembered that I have a cook book with her illustrations and I just love it:
    "Butt'ry Shelf Cookbook"....
    You would love it!
    I noticed your little plate with the lovely tart....I have the same plate to go along with a matching tea cup. Whenever I drink from it, I think of all the quaint cottages I saw in England!
    Thanks for the party! I really enjoyed it!
    Joanne

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  7. I have enjoyed your posts! Your animals are all adorable. Sigh...I so want to live on a farm. I love the quote from Tasha Tudor about the old fashioned names of flowers, I agree too! Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Selia

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  8. That was a fun celebration! I love Tasha even more now! Thank you. Beautiful party.
    Debbie

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  9. Another great tribute and your lemon curd tartlets are fabulous looking. I need to copy this recipe...
    Have a great labor day weekend!

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  10. I've read so many about Tasha Tudor. She must have been an amazing woman! I think I need to buy a book of her. Which one do you reccomend?

    Lucy

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  11. Heisann!

    How much is 4. T butter in the Lemon Curd?
    I would like to bake tomorrow!

    Thank you for the recipe ;:OD)

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  12. Vilt,
    4 Tablespoons of butter. I hope you enjoy the lemon curd.

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