Lemon Curd Tartlettes: My Ticket to Eat, Write, Retreat

Last updated on March 1, 2012 by Liza Hawkins

I originally shared this favorite recipe in a post for Prime Parents’ Club last summer, but I love the recipe SO much – and this photo, which I took as part of the shoot – that I felt I needed to share it with you here. On my own blog.
Also? I want the photo to be my ticket to a conference pass and hotel stay for this year’s Eat, Write, Retreat conference in Washington, DC – I mean, really. Go visit, and if you have even a smidge of “foodie” in you, you’ll understand why it’s completely awesome.
Regarding that “ticket,” is having a photo potlock contest and the winner will receive an all-inclusive double-occupancy registration to Eat, Write, Retreat. That prize is worth over $700 people!. I really deserve this. Just sayin’.
I’ve been salivating over Eat, Write, Retreat for since I first heard about it two years ago. TWO YEARS. But because of one thing or another and mostly finances, I haven’t been able to attend. I hope 2012’s the year!

Lemon Curd Tartlettes
with a hint of lime

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Prep: 15 minutes; Cook: 15 minutes; Yields: 60 tartlettes

1-1/2 cups sugar
2 lemons, juiced and zested
3 limes, juiced and zested
4 fresh lemon balm leaves
5 large eggs, room temperature
1 stick salted butter, room temperature
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 boxes frozen mini phyllo cups (15 per box)
fresh blueberries and raspberries

Combine the sugar, zests and lemon balm in a food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds, or until everything has been processed to a fine grain.
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and the sugar mixture for 3 minutes on medium-high. Add the eggs, one at a time, incorporating each egg fully before adding the next. Add the juice and the salt and mix for 1 more minute.
In a medium sauce pot over medium-low heat, add the lemon batter. Cook for about 15 minutes, whisking often – almost the whole time. When the mixture thickens, just before it would start to simmer, remove the (now) curd* from the heat. 
Pour the lemon curd into a bowl and cover with plastic wrap, taking care to gently press the plastic on top of the curd. Place the curd into the refrigerator to cool.
Once cool, add 1 generous teaspoon of the lemon curd to each phyllo cup. Top with fresh blueberries and raspberries, then garnish with more fresh lemon balm. Serve chilled.
*Note: Before you start cooking it, the lemon mixture will look slightly curdled and lumpy. This is normal and will disappear and smooth out after cooking. If you have leftover curd, it keeps very well in the refrigerator and will last up to 2 weeks if it’s covered.

Hi, I'm Liza — a self-proclaimed word-nerd who loves getting lost in whimsical stories and epic movies. I have laid-back, practical attitude towards life and am always on the hunt for good eats, easy recipes, binge-worthy shows, relaxing road trip destinations, the perfect fizzy gin cocktail, and time to finish my novel!

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