Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy Birthday To Me

Should I sing the "I love lemon tarts" song right now? Because I love, love, love lemon tarts. I've been a trifle obsessed with them since I was thirteen and I made my first lemon meringue pie for Thanskgiving with my Gran. I've got these babies down! I was making the angel food cake and you always have a surplus of egg yolks when you make an angel food cake. Well, when life gives you egg yolks, you make lemon curd! We gave both of them away to friends at church since we were already going to have enough goodies, but I could have seriously scarfed the entire tart. It doesn't help that it's my favorite color too!

Angel food cake is boring to look at, but oh so tasty with strawberries (with a smidge of balsamic vinegar - yum) and whipped cream. I'm still laughing at a lady from church who said to me when she found out I was baking an angel food cake - "You mean, from scratch?" Yes, from scratch. Is there any other way. I know their are mixes out there and I do want to try one for experimental purposes. And yes, my scratch recipe uses and entire dozen eggs for the whites. But really, to me, if you're baking for someone (or yourself), it's not a bad thing to be a little decadent. Course, I think all baking should be this way. But I confess to loving yellow cake mix with chocolate icing.


Emily K said...

I made an angel food cake from scratch once, and yes, it was delicious. I should bring you some fresh strawberries when we come up at the end of the month! Your lemon tart is beautiful! How did you get it out of the pan so nicely?

Jennie said...

tart pans with removable bottoms baby! The only way to go.
Mmm - fresh strawberries. Sounds tasty.

Emily K said...

How clever is that?!?! You must have an arsenal of fine baking tools. I did get a cuisinart and can now make a pate sucre with the best of them in no time flat! I love that recipe!

Jen said...

Happy birthday! I knew it was coming up, but couldn't remember the exact date. ;) I hope you had a great one! How do you do your baking with your kids?? do you wait until they are asleep or do you let them help? Beautiful tart!

Fairchild Family said...

That tart IS gorgeous. And I can proudly say I have never made an angel food cake from scratch. You amaze me with your mad skills!

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