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1.13.2013

Lavender Lemon Tart


Last September I was asked to help make cupcakes for my cousin Traci's wedding in Columbus, OH. Problem.... I live in NH. So I packed up my car KitchenAid stand mixer and all. And we headed off. Traci, had some family members bake the cupcakes so all I needed to do was decorate them. One of the requested flavors was a lemon lavender frosting. I had never eaten anything lavender scented. I was a bit sceptical thinking the frosting would taste like my grandmothers perfume. Good lord I was so wrong! What a fantastic pretty flavor combo.


Is it possible for something to taste pretty?? I think so... these totally taste pretty!

This week for Sundays with Joy I scheduled Joy the Baker's Lavender Lemon Bars. I have been so excited to make them all week! However silly me posted a lemon bar ecipe last week. So I didn't want to have any repeats.... I opted to adapt Joy's recipe into a tart.



Only a couple changes were made to make that possible. First we are using a 10 inch tart pan, second, I halved the recipe. Then because I have the worst grocery stores in  my area with little to know selection. I could not get my hands on dried lavender. So I used the lavender oil I had left over from Traci's wedding.


This is a dessert you will want to serve your friends when they come over for tea.... if that is something you are in to. Me, I have never had a real tea party. But I imagine this is something you would enjoy at that type of shindig. Also great for bridal or baby showers... perhaps for Mother's Day as well? Anything where you have a group of pretty ladies who deserve pretty tasting foods!



Lavender Lemon Tart
(Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker Cookbook: 100 Simple and Comforting Foods)

Ingredients:
FOR THE CRUST:
1 stick of room temperature butter (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup sugar + 2 tbs
2 tbs of brown sugar
1 cup of flour
1/4 tsp salt

FOR THE FILLING:
2 large eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbs all purpose flour
1/4 cup lemon juice ( I prefer Meyer Lemons)
1 tsp lemon zest
2 small drops of lavender oil
*Powder sugar for dusting

Directions:

FOR YOUR CRUST:

Preheat oven to 350.     

In the bowl of your electric mixer with the paddle attachment mix butter, sugars, and salt together until light and fluffy. Mix in flour until it is crumbly and combined. You can work it with your hands or rubber spatula as well.

Press dough into a 10 inch tart pan. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden.

Meanwhile prepare your filling.

Beat eggs, sugar and flour together. Mix in zest, lemon and lavender oil.

Pour into prepared crust. Bake for an additional 15-18 minutes or until it has set and they tart no longer jiggles.  this tart is great served warm or room temperature.

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46 comments:

  1. ooo i love lavender in baked goods. awesome pick. I'll have to give this a try. Love joy's book

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    1. I have a small obsession with the two flavors now!

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  2. Love the lemon and lavender flavor combination. This sounds like a great use of some of the lavender I have in the cabinet!

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    1. Oh you need to pull the lavender out for this! SO good!

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  3. Looks lovely and the addition of lavender is a great idea! I'd be quite happy to sample a slice or two of this! :-)

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    1. Thanks Laura. I was so happy with it, super yummy.

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  4. Such beautiful photos.. I've never quite tasted a dessert with lavender flavorings.. looks so good.

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    1. Oh you should try it! So good. Pairs great with lemon.

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  5. I need to try lavender in baking. I've had extract, like, forever! Thanks for the push. :)

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    1. Oh try it! It's such a fun pretty tasting addition.

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  6. I love love love anything with lemon in it! And this looks SOO delicious!!

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  7. and lavender... I have seen that in a bunch of recipes now -- and I can't wait to try it! (I've had lavender ice cream, and that was really good, so I don't think I'll be disappointed :) )

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    1. Oh do share the ice cream recipe! That sounds amazing.

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  8. What a delicious-sounding tart! I wish you lived closer -- we grow our own lavender so I could've shared some with you! =)

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  9. Um, I'm totally bookmarking this recipe! I adore lemon tarts! Gorgeous pictures, Carrie!

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  10. Now that is a combo that I haven't tried before. The tart looks amazing and is going to have me looking for a lavender oil the next time I head to the Kitchen store. And I love your new header...so cute!!!

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    1. Ohhh Jocelyn you need to try it! So so good in sweets.

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  11. I love the combo of lemon and lavender....so yummy!

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  12. It DOES look like something you should have with a nice cup of tea, served on a fancy platter! I still need to make mine -- upset tummy the past few days made it impossible, but I am craving it now after hearing you all say how good it is!

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    1. It is fancy indeed! Hope you feel better Tiffany.

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  13. Okay, so I am obsessed with lavender -- it's easily one of my favorite herbs/plants and my dream is to have a house with a huge lavender garden in the back where I could frolic about and scream about how much I love lavender. Seriously. Anyway, I have never cooked with it, yet I can only imagine how AMAZING it must taste when paired with fresh, bright lemon in this gorgeous, delicate tart. I want a fatty slice!

    PS, I heart your new design too!!

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    1. Awwt thanks! It is one of my new favorite flavors, I can not get enough!

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  14. This tart is indeed gorgeous! Classic beauty :) LOVE the header, Carrie!

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  15. I giggled reading that "tasting pretty" - I love it Carrie. :) Lavender and lemon pair so wonderfully together. I made lavender lemon cookies last year around this time (not on my blog) and they were better than I ever imagined. I have no doubt how incredible this is!

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    1. Lavender is so pretty, looking, smelling... and tasting! You should blog those cookies!!

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  16. I actually haven't had many tarts in my day but I'd gladly have 2 servings of this!

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  17. I think that may be the prettiest tart I've ever seen, Carrie. DEFINITELY worth holding a pretty girl's tea party for!

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  18. I have a lemon recipe later this week and I didnt realize that recipe is even IN her book! I swear I have read it cover to cover but don't remember that one! Boy, had I seen it, it would have saved me lots of research :) What a beautiful tart, Carrie!

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  20. I have yet to try lavendar in baking, but the idea of the scents makes me happy, so I can't imagine it being anything but amazing.

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  21. Yeah for you doing the wedding cupcakes! I'm sure they were amazing! And this tart...lemon is the best.

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  22. This tart looks so delicious, I really like the flavor combo of the lavender and lemon. I bet it's so good!

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  23. I have a weakness for lemon tarts, but adding lavender sounds even better. Beautiful!

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  24. Great adaptation! I've always avoided lavender flavoured things for the same reason, thinking they'd taste too perfume-y. You've convinced me to give it a try.

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  25. this tart looks fabulous carrie! i love lavender in baked goods...it smells heavenly :D

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  26. I've been wanting to bake with lemon and lavender for a long time. Your tart looks like absolute perfection.

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  27. you're totally right! this recipe DOES taste pretty. i love that you made it a tart! so lovely, carrie!

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    1. Joy thank you so much for your sweet comment! You really have no idea how obsessed I am with these bars. I made your version as is yesterday.... not a full 24 hrs and we ate every crumb!

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  28. Carrie, I'm loving your beautiful lemon lavender tart, since seeing on instagram! We have a beautiful lavender farm by us, and I love going there and buying their lovely culinary lavender! It not only tastes pretty, but the scent is beautiful in baked goods too!

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  29. Can lavender extract be substituted for the lavender oil?

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