Monday, December 27, 2010

Lemon Curd Cheese Tart

Bake this lemon curd cheese tart for Christmas Party.  This is a relatively easy cheese tart recipe with high success rate - no worries over cracked surface of a cheesecake. Plus this tart needs only a few basic cheesecake ingredients and total baking + cooking time is only 30 mins!  Chill it overnight and the next day, you have a cheerful-looking dessert waiting for you!


Ingredients:

Tart Base
220g finely crushed digestive biscuits (put biscuits in clear plastic bag & roll over with rolling pin)
100g melted butter

Fillings
250g cream cheese
100g sugar
1 tbsp plain flour
1 egg
1 lemon zest (grated)
1 tbsp lemon juice
80g plain yogurt

Lemon curd toppings
2 egg yolks
120g sugar
80g lemon juice (I find this amount a little too sour, can reduce to 50g lemon juice)
1 lemon zest (grated)
1 tbsp butter


Method:
1) Mix tart base ingredient and press into loose bottom tart mould.  Place in fridge to harden base.
2) Beat cream cheese and sugar till creamy.
3) Add flour, egg and beat to well-combined.
4) Add in lemon juice, zest, yogurt and mix well.
5) Pour cheese mixture into prepared tart mould.
6) Bake in preheated oven of 175C for about 20 mins.  Set aside to cool.
7) Mix all lemon curd ingredients and cook over double-boiler (ie over a pot of simmering water) until it thickens (about 5 mins, stir throughout cooking).  Cool it slightly.
8) Pour lemon curd on top of cheese tart and place in fridge to chill.
9) Decorate tart with raspberry or whipped cream with lemon rind.

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