Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 28th May 2010

What a week, I am so happy it’s coming to an end. I’ve had a difficult week, I needed something to get my mind off the elephant in the room, I decided to get myself back in the kitchen doing something I love, baking. It’s not something I was very confident in doing up until the last few years, even dreaded it at one point. Growing up dessert was not something enjoyed everyday after a meal, in fact it was very rare to have dessert, it’s probably the reason why I found this area in the kitchen so difficult.

A photo of lemon tassies, and lemon wedges on a wire rack.

The one thing I’ve always struggled with is making pastry and I believe it is an essential technique in not only making desserts but also in savoury dishes.  I am determined to make great pastry and I am forcing myself to perfect the technique, no more purchased pastry dough for me.  In fact, my sister mentioned the other day that she was making turnovers and she’d purchased pie dough at the grocery store, I was all over her, explaining how easy it was to make it at home with only a few ingredients we always have on hand and most importantly the taste of homemade pastry far exceeded any brand you could pick up at the grocery store.  I couldn’t believe the words were coming out of my mouth, the one who’s kitchen was covered in wall to wall flour when I attempted to make pie dough for Memere’s famous meat pies.

A photo of lemon tassies on white doilies placed on a blue sheet of paper.

It’s taken a bit of time but I am finally starting to become a little more comfortable with pastry.  Desserts that I once wouldn’t even consider making I am finally attempting.  I’ve been reading and researching trends in desserts for 2010 and one of the top trends is mini desserts, two or three varieties plated on one dish.  When I spotted this recipe for Lemon Tassies (Mini Lemon Tarts) I thought it would be a great beginning for a trio of desserts, something tart with a sweeter pastry, plus they looked so cute.

A photo of 3 lemon tassies on doilies, 1 lemon tassie on a stack of white plates with a silver serving tongs placed on green and blue placemat.

It was such an easy pastry to make, I was a bit surprised at the amount of sugar the recipe called for but was pleasantly surprised.  The pastry was light, flaky and delicious and it had just the right amount of sweetness to balance off the tartness of the lemon filling.  The filling was so creamy and tangy.

A close up photo of 3 lemon tassies on a white plate.

Liana and Matt both dislike citrus desserts, neither would even try one.  What a shame, not, more for me!

A close up photo of 3 lemon tassies on a white plate with a silver fork placed on a yellow napkin.

A close up photo of 3 lemon tassies on a mini yellow cake stand.

A photo of 3 lemon tassies on white doilies with a white teacup and saucer, on a green and blue patterned placemat.

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26 Responses to “Lemon Tassies – Mini Dessert – One-Bite Delight”

  1. Candied-Hazelnut Cupcakes, Almond-Hazelnut Cupcakes | La Mia Vita Dolce Says:

    […] is entertaining friends this evening and since he’s not too crazy about citrus treats (I made Lemon Tassies yesterday) I thought I would make a little something different for him and his friends. When I was […]

  2. Ciaochowlinda Says:

    What charming and delicious little lemon tassies.

  3. disneypal Says:

    These look incredible – I love anything with lemon – can’t wait to try these.

  4. Grace Says:

    Trust me, you are going to love these, very hard to resist!

  5. Marly Says:

    Good idea to make citrus desserts from time to time – more for you! These look beautiful!

  6. Grace Says:

    Thanks Marly, I have eaten far too many.

  7. Maria Says:

    I love lemon treats. I have to try these~!

  8. fooddreamer Says:

    They’re so beautiful, I would hesitate to eat one…but I would anyway! Yum.

  9. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle Says:

    I just made some lemon bars with rosemary shortbread from Meyer lemons sent to me from a friend; I have more and now I have another recipe. Love Lemon!

  10. Grace Says:

    Sounds delicious Barbara, I haven’t made lemon bars in ages, will have to come for a visit and take a look at your recipe sounds amazing with the rosemary shortbread.

  11. Lizzy Says:

    What gorgeous citrus wonders!!! Just lovely…and I’m sure very tasty :)

  12. Medeja Says:

    The color is lovely. Cute little bites :)

  13. Vicki @ WIlde in the Kitchen Says:

    I love citrus too and would have gladly shared these with you. Just a few more days until the weekend and I can’t wait either, here’s hoping they go fast!

  14. Rachel Says:

    These look fabulous and I love lemon desserts!

  15. Evan Thomas Says:

    These sound delicious! I love lemon desserts because they’re so light and bright tasting. It’s almost as if Spring’s here and Winter’s gone.

  16. Tiffany Says:

    The lemon peel is so pretty!

  17. Cookin' Canuck Says:

    What pretty little treats. Pie and tart crusts continue to be the monkey on my back and I really need to take the bull by the horns like you did.

  18. Sandra Says:

    Every time I visit your blog my eyes pop out..those photos are like from magazine cover!!! And wonderful recipe!

  19. Sprinkled with Flour Says:

    I love pecan tassies and lemon desserts, so this recipe really caught my eye! I’ve got a bunch of lemons in the kitchen just waiting to be made into these little treats, thanks for the recipe:)

  20. Steph@stephsbitebybite Says:

    These are too cute! Lemon is sometimes to strong for me, but when it’s bite sized like this I can totally handle it. Yum!!

  21. Jan Judd Says:

    These are Fantastic…Jan is the Lemon Princess…Love anything Lemon….Great Photos..Thankyou for sharing…Jan

  22. Pina Says:

    can the lemon tassies be made a day ahead?

  23. Grace Says:

    Yes they can Pina.

  24. Lemon Bars | TasteFood Says:

    […] Olive Oil, Lemon and Sea Salt Sundaes from the Kitchn Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake from TasteFood Lemon Tassies from My Sweet Life Lemon Blueberry Poundcake from TasteFood Lemon Almond Polenta Cake from A Food […]

  25. angela@spinachtiger Says:

    If these are as good as pecan tassies, I’m so in. I love anything with pastry, any little tart, and these look wonderful. I think you are successfully moving into pastry making.

  26. Recipes for Adorable One-Bite Desserts Says:

    […] source of photos and recipe: Grace’s Sweet Life […]

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