Ever have those social obligations where you promised to bring dessert and then totally forgot about it until the last minute and now you are stuck? Do I have a solution for you! Next time you’re at the grocery store, grab a package of frozen tart shells and chuck it in the freezer and forget about it. Then, when you’re in a bind, haul it out and make some tarts!
For this, you’ll want to preheat your oven to 375°F and set out 12 frozen tart shells to thaw for about 10 minutes.
Normally with lemon tarts you’d carefully create a lemon curd-like custard that you’d cook slowly and then strain. Not today! We’re going to cheat. Melt yourself 1 tablespoon butter. Let it cool while you mix up the other stuff.
In a bowl, beat up 2 eggs. Zest 1 lemon and add that in as well.
Juice the lemon until you get about 1/4 cup lemon juice (I ended up with a wee bit extra). Add that in too.
Now you need some sweet for this tart – dump in 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Stir all that up.
Finally, add in your cooled butter and stir it around.
I mixed my tart mixture in a measuring cup so I could use the spout to pour and make my life easier. Evenly distribute the tart mixture amongst the shells.
Bake the tarts for 15 minutes, until the shells are starting to brown and the filling is puffed up and solid. Allow them to cool completely. Dust with icing sugar immediately before serving.
Wanna see something crazy? While the tarts were baking, I noticed that a few of them were – well, they were DANCING. And they didn’t stop!