Eggs, cream, butter, lemons…yellow is a good colour for January. As rain falls and grey afternoons stretch away, I find it easy to lose myself in colour. Lemon juice, sugar and eggs are transformed into creamy waves of subtle colours under whirling whisks. Spoonfuls of thickly drooping cream ache to be tasted, tested. The light glowing through the oven door filters out the gloom of too early arriving evening whilst the crisp biscuit coloured pastry case, that has been cooling on the wire rack, waits to be filled to over flowing with sweetly tart lemon cream. A slice of this by the fire after supper will afford us a taste of summer citrus wrapped in a blanket of creamy comfort….enough to banish wintry thoughts for another day.
This particular tart comes from Patricia W ells’ “Bistro Cooking”which is so often my companion in the kitchen. I have printed the whole page from the book as Patricia Wells’ words add the extra atmosphere that this recipe deserves.