Tuesday, May 28

Everyone loves a Skinny Tart!

What was that I spied this weekend? 
Sun?! No...it couldn't be?!

This week I decided to return back to the countryside for a few days before my last university exam, utterly convinced that isolation from my peers would aid revision.
Umm, no it did not.
Mother nature decided to be cruel, she gave us crystal blue skies and sun all weekend- torturous teasing if you have exams!

Alas, I decided to take advantage of my Mother's 'higher-end' appliances and do some summer-y cooking.
We had some family friends coming over for dinner and I needed to make something quick, fresh, and light (all of the women were 'watching their weight').
My creation had to appeal to the gentlemen by not compromising on taste, yet not destroy our joint dream of a fabulous beach body.

So, what delightful dessert did I chose?

Let's face it, everyone loves a (lemon) tart, especially a skinny one!
This stunning, skinny little madam has won over the hearts of many a man. 
Jealous of its talents? I am!

A crumbly, buttery base filled with a tangy, smooth lemon cream.
Smother a slice of this beauty in rich vanilla ice cream and there is only one destination= Pleasure Town!

So, how skinny are we talking here?
To serve 12 people it is only around 180 calories each, but personally I prefer a thick, proper sized wedge!
For 8 people to have a good sized serving, it is only around 250-70 calories each.
Hooray! A desert that is a definite winner on packing a flavour punch without sacrificing those precious pounds!

Now, making a sweet pastry case yourself is fine- if you have the time and energy.
Since I was meant to be revising in the first place, I didn't. A bit of cheating is acceptable now and again.
When the likes of Jamie Oliver, Nigella, Mary Berry and Delia Smith admit to using pre made cases, I'm only happy to follow suit!

To make your own tart you will need:
- 1 pre made sweet pastry case
- 3 medium eggs
- 2 medium egg whites
- 140g icing sugar
- 1x 200ml tub of low fat crème fraiche
- 2 large lemons, (juice and zest of each)
(Ice cream to serve)

Preheat your oven to 150C/130 fan.
Finely grate your two lemons and squeeze out all of the zest into a bowl.
(Tip- if you warm the lemons a bit in the microwave before, you can squeeze out more juice!)

Next beat together the egg whites and eggs until evenly combine.

Add the icing sugar and mix once again until combined and with no lumps.

Tip this into a separate bowl for a minute. In the mixer very quickly beat the crème fraiche until it is very smooth. Add the egg mixture once again and combine.
(It helps if you use a spatula to scrape down the bowl to make sure all the cream is mixed in.)

Add the lemon juice and zest, (except for 1 tsp to decorate), and give the bowl a good stir.
Pop the pastry case onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment before pouring in the creamy mixture.
Try not to let the mix spill over the edges.
(It might be easier to fill the case half way, slide it into the oven, then slowly tip in the remaining filling with a jug.)

Pop this into the oven for 25-30 minutes until it is beginning to turn golden around the edges.
Ideally a good tart has a crack or two and a slight wobble in the centre.

Leave to cool completely before popping onto a plate, dusting with some icing sugar, and then sprinkling with the remaining lemon zest.

Now you are ready to rumble!
Smother a thick wedge of your tart with some classic vanilla ice cream on a warm, summers day.

Light, refreshing, low calorie, and oh so summery.
I think it's time to get your tart on ladies and gentlemen!

It should also last for a few days when kept refrigerated and covered completely. 
Dig in everyone!


  1. B E A Utiful baking ma dear :) and a perfect end to a summery lunch in the garden x x x

  2. Oooo that looks so good, I could do with some right now to aid my Geography revision (snore). Not a lot better than a skinny tart ;) Xxxx

    1. If it makes you feel any better- I wrote this instead of revising Roman Emperors for my exam on Thursday- Good luck! You aren't alone in suffering! xxx
      Haha glad you liked my innuendoes throughout ;)

  3. Ha, I was about to say WOW MY PASTRY NEVER LOOKS LIKE THAT! Beautiful tart. I'm sitting here trying to stop nagging my little sister to revise, really all I want to do is take her shopping. :(

    How many calories did the icecream add? (you can whisper it) It was so nice to have a bit of sunshine wasn't it?!

    Katie <3

    1. Haha no... Thank Waitrose for that one! We don't need to tell anyone that though do we?! If Delia and Mary Berry do it, why not!?
      Ahhhh I'm sure she doesn't have long left, I'm not counting down the hours to freedom!
      Well.. I used truly indulgent ice cream, but I'm sure if you use something like Carte D'Or's skinny vanilla it would only be 40-80!

  4. Yummm I don't even really like lemon flavoured stuff and this looks so good! Might have to try it when I'm home this summer - love taking advantage of mum's baking equipment! xx

    1. You can never beat a proper mixer! Let me know how it goes :) xx

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    1. Thanks Emma Jade! Lovely blog you have too! xx

  6. that tart looks delicious, I wish I was better at baking! maybe i'll bribe my roommates to make it for me....

    1. I wouldn't worry about this at all, even if baking isn't your thing! The hardest part is the pastry and I cheated that this time! Don't worry, just give it a go :) xx

  7. Oh my gosh.. this looks absolutely heavenly. You are a kitchen goddess haha! I can never get my pastry to go right, so I often buy pre made which is awful isn't it? I love the look of this, so I might have to give it a try :D xxx

    Gemma ♥ | MissMakeupMagpie.co.uk

    1. Thanks Gemma! I'm not Nigella as of yet! Let me know how it goes! :) xxx

  8. Your pictures are really beautiful I seriously need to work on my photography skills for my blog. The tart looks incredible!

    Rebecca xx

    1. Aww thank you Rebecca! Its all just practise from doing a lot of photography for art A2. Keep at it! xx

  9. It was such a beautiful weekend. This tart looks so quick and easy to make, not to mention how yummy it looks too!


  10. that cake looks delicious emily! and I must say I really like that blue plate ahah where is it from??

    teffy || Teffys Perks Blog


    1. Its my Mother's Spode set! She has a ridiculously big collection that she has saved, its stunning isn't it?! xx

  11. Amazing post! And your blog is amazing, tbh. Follow me and I follow back. Let me know when your done over on my blog!xo
    My blog: Teeniolect

    1. Sorry Salihah, I don't do a follow for a follow, I'm happy to check out other's blogs though! x


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