Since you are *required* to make a festive dessert for the Fourth of July, and I’ll take any excuse to be in the kitchen, I had a few requirements for this: 1) try something that wasn’t too tacky (forgive me, anyone that is cutting stars out of strawberries or making something with mounds of cool whip!) and 2) make something that actually tastes good (see prevoius point).
With those boundaries in mind, I found this Blueberry Lemon Tart recipe from Tyler Florence posted on the Food Network. I’ve been on this kick of using all the new toys in our kitchen (thank you, wedding registry!) and this was the first time that I got to use our food processor. I used to hate the machine my mom had when I was a kid — seemingly a million parts, really heavy, complicated to use and literally impossible to wash. So let’s say I was cautiuosly optimistic at best.
Food processors are The Best Thing Ever Created.
Literally, I want to make everything possible in a food processor.
Pastry dough and I have a love hate relationship. I love eating it, but hate making it. This machine made it so easy — popped all the ingredients in and in seemingly no time I ended up with the smoothest pastry dough I have ever made. I’ve always made pastry dough by hand with manual tools / utensils and you just can’t beat this. It still took a while as the crust had to cool at various stages, but it was not challenging and tasted so buttery and flakey. That’s all I’ll say about the crust 🙂
The filling was delicious from the moment that Tyler Florence thought to put those ingredients together. Effortless, fresh, flavorful, and not overly sweet or overbearing. Once the crust was fininshed, the rest was a breeze and came together in a heartbeat! Note: there is a lot of lemon in this recipe (shocker, in a lemon tart recipe, I know). I’m generally pretty loose with my measurements, but this is one that I would recommend not going over on as it could become overpowering.
Now for the This Jess rankings, here is how it breaks down for me:
How much did I like…..
- Making it: 8/10 – fun to make, not overly complex. Doesn’t rank higher as you do have to stop and wait several times for cooling crust.
- Eating it: 9/10 – excellent
- Looking at it (since we all eat with our eyes first): 9/10
Food Network gives this recipe an “intermediate” skill ranking, which I would agree with. Would definitely recommend this and make again! Tyler Florence recipes can never steer you wrong.
You can find the full recipe linked here.