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Munich Mayhem (Lemon Tart)

May 18, 2015

Farewell, Snowman!

This weekend was a four-day weekend (with a forecast of colder temps and rain) so we high-tailed it out of our Tirolean village to Munich.  I learned later that this 'cold snap' was no surprise to some.

It is said that during the days of May 11th (St. Mamertus), 12th (St. Pancratius), 13th (St. Servatius), 14th (St. Boniface), and 15th (St. Sophia) , "black-thorn winter" arrives each year on the feast days of the Ice Saints and brings with it the last frost of winter.  Farmers and gardeners are warned to not plant before this period or their plants will see a doomed fate by meeting the last frost of the season.


And, yes, the last few days were wet and dreary... but luckily, there was no frost.  We kicked winter's final breath into next year with visits with family and friends, lots of wine, and a warm welcome to higher temperatures with fresh food and a yummy Lemon Tart!

I had a bag of lemons sitting on the counter... and what better way to use them then to make Lemon Curd!  This was my first time making a batch of this citrus sunshine... honestly, because the word 'curd' just never sounded so appealing to me.  Boy, have I seen the error of my ways!

Homemade Lemon Curd

I found the recipe over hereSusie has a great blog with lots of German inspired recipes that I will be sure to bookmark for future reference!

I used four regular lemons - all the juice and all of the zest, 3/4C of sugar, and a stick of butter.  It took me about two minutes of constant whisking over medium heat til the mixture transformed itself from wet and loose to thick and creamy.  Listen for the sound... the mixture tells you when it's ready!

Show Time!!!

Act II of this production - lemon curd meets sweet tart crust aka Pâte Sucrée!

The Messy Baker has a good post on how to make Michel Roux's sweet shortcrust... off you go!!

I followed the instructions to the T... and yet my pastry was still a bit too soft, too wet, too sticky.  I added dustings of flour until the dough held together in a beautiful and smooth ball.  Never give up if things don't seem right... If the dough had been too crumbly, then a few spoons of water should do the trick.

My tart was a bit too high in the end because I had originally wanted to do a meringue topping... but, the plan was aborted when I didn't have enough eggs! Boo!

Instead, yummy blueberries and a dollop of whipped cream brought this dessert together.  Enjoy!

A Taste of Summer

Friday, Granny hosted an afternoon tea with belated birthday cakes for Ella! We love cake and candles!

Lily loves to give an assist to the candle blowing.  Not so close!!!

Pack Mentality

Saturday was beautiful.  And, of course, the whole gang headed out to Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo.

Lil & Dada

Johanna & Moritz

Animal Magic

After making it through the crowds (aka strollers and wagon traffic jams!) and seeing most of our favorite animals (Nemo! Dori!), it was time for the real fun!

Vroom, Vroom!

Johanna & Ella

Moritz & Ella

Phew! They don't call it 'a day at the zoo' for nothing.  In the end, we were pooped.  Thanks so much to Auntie Phia for making the day so wonderful. 

Tired Monkeys

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