Sunday, November 16, 2008



'You Challenge Gordon Ramsay' is a new series in Olive Magazine where a reader challenges Gordon Ramsay to see if their recipe against his, in a blind test by three members of the Olive Magazine reader panel, matches up to Gordon's. Of course Gordon won, but only by one point!

The lemon tart has melted dark chocolate brushed over the cooked pastry case and this is then allowed to cool before adding the lemon filling. I chose not to use the chocolate because I wasn't too sure about messing about with a classic recipe. The purpose of the chocolate, although not written about in the recipe, is I presume to keep the pastry base from going soft. Next time I make the tart though, it will definitely be with the chocolate base!

The pastry can be made in the food processor, a quick whizz and it's done. The pastry is quite sticky and I decided to roll the pastry out between two sheets of cling film to make life easier.

If you decide to have a go at making this tart try not to over cook the filling, but leave it at the wobble stage in the centre.

When the tart had cooled I dusted it with icing sugar and then my husband ran an industrial blowtorch over the surface to give a brulee effect! You don't think I'm going to use that thing, do you?!!! If you scan down to the end of this posting you will see him having some brulee fun.

The filling had lots of lemon flavour and not too sweet, the pastry was very similar to shortbread. I'll definitely be making this again - but not this side of Christmas!

OLIVE MAGAZINE - October 2008 Page 61 The tart serves 8.



Jan said...

Ooooh that does look nice!
Now, I'm not into desserts (I'd rather have two dinners) as I've said before - but anything lemon.....Ooooh!
Yes I would like that, you've done a great job there.

The Caked Crusader said...

Wow. You have made a beautiful tart! I always think that a smart looking tart impresses people more than a cake!

Cakelaw said...

Delicious! I'm a fan of a nice lemon tart, and this one wins my heart.

Sam said...

This is one of my favourite desserts, the brulee top is a nice twist, it looks wonderful.

Bellini Valli said...

I have to give this tart a try. I know that people always say that but lemon is one of my favourites!!!

Anne said...

I love lemon tart! the bitter the better for me!

p.s. I’ve tagged you over at my blog

Happy cook said...

Wow that leamon tart brulle looks so delicious, i am sure even Mr Ramsay can't make them better than this :-)

Steve Ballmer said...

Geez! That looks good!

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

Argh - the sound of that blowtorch! Great looking lemon tart. Not sure I'd want to put chocolate in it either.

Brilynn said...

I love the idea of bruleeing the top, it looks fabulous!

Rosie said...

I adore lemon tarts M and this one looks gorgeous! I like the idea of the brulee top.

Rosie x

Maria said...

Margaret, this looks so good. I love lemon tarts but the idea of the brulee top sounds divine!


Sophie said...

Waw Margaret, this tarte looks divine! Great job! Oure lovelyness!!