If you're a lover of lemon tart, this is for you!
Sometimes I get cravings. As we all do, I imagine. The other day I had a craving for the lemon tart that they sell at our bakery. They make one of the best lemon tarts I have ever had. The pastry is buttery heaven. The lemon curd is smooth and rich and creamy all at once with the ideal zing. And the cherry on top of it all? They top each individual tart with two fresh raspberries. To put it simply, it is the perfect dessert.
So I got to thinking. Should I go down the 6 flights of stairs and spend my hard earned money on a tart? Should I just make a tart? But I struggle with something the french call la flemme. Lucky for me, I am a creative flemmard. So I did what any flemmard would do. I decided to turn my tarte au citron into a cocktail. And why not? This way I can still enjoy the flavour that I was craving without all the hard work (AND fewer calories)
I was not disappointed. The first one I made I decided to just muddle a couple of raspberries in the glass (since I wanted to keep the lovely lemony yellow). This worked well but it was a touch messy for my taste and I wanted more raspberry flavour. That’s when I stepped it up with the syrup. It’s easy to make and produces a more balanced cocktail. The only other thing I struggled with was finding the right way to incorportate the pastry. I googled pastry alcohol but all that showed up was a bunch of articles explaining that alcohol makes pastry flakier. I then wondered should I go the route of the infused vodka? No. I wanted my tart as soon as possible. So eventually, after trying all the little biccies we had in the cupboards (JB is the sweet tooth not me) I settled on these delightful ‘fines crepes dentelle de Bretagne’. If you’re not in France however I imagine these would be hard to find so feel free to substitute with whatever will fit.
By now, with my other syrupy recipes I’m sure you can guess how to make a raspberry syrup but if you’re not the kind of person to just wing it, heres a recipe by Tracy Rutherford that is very very basic and has the added twist of a bit of orange.