Mini Lemon Curd Tarts


Sometimes you can come up with a great design; you can sketch them out on paper. You can have a tasty recipe, but to bring it to fruition is another thing all together. This recipe and creation was one of those times.  I came up with the cutest sketch of an Easter tart and even had that tasty recipe to blog about.  But in the end I could not duplicate the design I had created on paper. I was so disappointed that I could not produce my idea.  I'm not giving up on the cute designed tart just yet, just setting it aside and pondering a solution.  

On that note, my niece came up with an alternative design that utilized what we had on hand in the pantry. We made from scratch a fresh lemon curd and mini tart shells. 


 We started with our tart dough first and once we put it to chill in the refrigerator we moved on to our lemon curd. 

We then traded the lemon curd for the tart dough in the refrigerator. Following the recipe for the tart shell with a few tweaks for our mini tart size shells, we found that using a Pestle  (Mortar & Pestle) to mold the dough in the shell pan folds worked well for us.  


Then we used foil and pie weights to hold the dough in place for baking.  It was a little time consuming, but the shells came out nicely.  



Once the shells were baked and cooled we added our lemon curd.   


My niece added candy eyes and cut beaks out of jelly candies.  


She boxed them up with some custom labels for gifting to the family.


 So, don't be discourage if your design or recipe does not come out as planned.  Find an alternative and ponder the first idea later.  Your alternative could be much better than the original plan. 

St. Patrick's Day in a slow cooker

There is nothing like coming home to a slow cooker St. Patrick's day dinner. After slow cooking all day the corn beef is fork tender melt in your mouth good.  


I start off carnalizing the Angel Hair Slaw in an iron skillet, while that's happening I drain and rinse my sauerkraut and drain again.  



Once the slaw is carnalized, I mix both slaw and sauerkraut in the bottom of the slow cooker. 





Then layer the potatoes on top.

Add my corn beef and seasoning. 


Add my wedges of cabbage and onions, put the lid on and I started it on high for the first hour. Then leave it on low for 7 to 8 hours. 

When I get home all I need is some sides to add color to my plate. 

I steam Carrots and Asparagus and yes, butter!

 

Happy St. Patrick's Day!




Mini Lemon Curd Tarts

Sometimes you can come up with a great design; you can sketch them out on paper. You can have a tasty recipe, but to bring it to fruition is...