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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Tarts and Tumblers!

This morning was taken up with making these,

 and these

 and these!

 The first are chocolate mousse tarts - dont tell anyone but i cheated and used purchased tart cases and filled them with a mousse mix that takes minutes to make but it tastes so yummy!!!    The second tool longer to make  - they are lemon meringue tartlets and are so yummy i am so glad I gave most of them away! 

Here is the recipe:
¼ cup caster sugar
2 tabsp cornflour
Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lemon
1/3 cup water
2 eggs separated
40g butter
6 mini tart cases (mine were 45mm cases)
½ cup caster sugar extra
Combine sugar and cornflour in a saucepan.  Gradually add lemon juice and water stirring constantly until smooth.  Place over a medium heat and cook for 3 minutes or until mixture comes to the boil and thickens.  Reduce heat to low and stir for 30 seconds or until mixture becomes very thick.  Remove from heat and add lemon rind, egg yolks and butter and stir till butter has melted.  Cool.
Preheat oven to 180°C.  Place tartlet cases onto a baking sheet and fill with the lemon mixture.  Using an electric mixer beat egg whites and pinch of salt til soft peaks form.  Add extra sugar, 1 tabsp at a time, beating well after each addition until mixture is thick and glossy.  Spoon or pipe meringue onto tartlets.  Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.  Stand for 5 minutes before serving.
The third were simply mini cupcakes with vanilla icing.  All of these were delivered to a 16th birthday party that my boys went to tonight.  They boys whose party it was, also twins, enjoy my cooking and they are really lovely boys so I offered to bake for their party especially.  It is such a joy to bake for people who let you know they appreciate it. 

Baking etc took up all my time till lunch and then after lunch I ducked out to buy some bits and pieces.  When I got home I had just enough time to sew this - my start on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge for this month's colour of Black.   I have cut these tumbers with my GO! and I am hoping to make placemats at the rate of one a week. 

That doesn't sound like much but I have so much else to do - Bruce's quilt, Tabitha's baby quilt, marble bags (tell you more when I get them done), things for Ireland and then starting on Christmas presents.  So one place mat a week will have to do!
Just had to end on this photo of my pretty Maisy!   She makes sure I get my daily dose of love, wags and cute each day!

And just before I go, my friend Celia is having a giveaway - go check it out.

Till next time......happy stitching!


  1. Yummy! Thanks for the recipe. Is castor sugar what we call "granulated sugar" or is it "confectioner's or powdered sugar"?
    Maisy is really cute!

  2. Wow! They all look yummy!!
    I think Castor sugar is what we call "Bakers Sugar". I just bought some. It is finer than granulated but not as fine as confectioners sugar....I think!

  3. Wow those look delicious! Appreciate the recipe, especially since it seems fairly easy.

    I've been busy cutting tumblers for my giveaway which starts today. Come check it out and have a great weekend.

  4. Your tarts look yummy. Wish we lived closer we could have a delicious bake off. I have been wanting to do a tumbler quilt just have not done it. I think place mates would be great. Your sweet Maisy is so cute and I just love the quilt she is laying on.

  5. The tarts look irresistable! So does Maisy!

  6. OH MY all I want to do is lick the screen... chocolate mousse is my devil food and I love lemon meringue too xxx

  7. The tarts looke devine... I'm catching a plane to Sydney for afternoon tea and should give me enough time to get back home.... LOL..
    Maisy is so cuteeeeeeeeeeeeee.

  8. Those tarts look so delicious. I'm loving those placemats. What a fun way to use up some scraps.

  9. Oh, yummy! I would stick with the purchased stuff too. Maisy looks like such a love.

  10. Those look so yummy! Pretty tumblers too.


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