I thought I'd make a dress to wear to the party. I just ordered a few patterns from Style Arc. One of the patterns is the Lucy Dress. I ordered size 22 as I am closer to 22 than 24 which should be about right as I know a US22 is my RTW size now. I was lazy. I didn't measure the pattern and myself to check the fit. So I ended up with a dress that was just a tiny bit too snug around the hips and bum.
From the front
So here is one of the reasons for my slowed, i.e. non-existent, weight loss.
Chocolate Lime Tart.
I was going to make a simple lime tart from Donna Hay's Flavours cookbook for dessert on Easter Sunday. I've made this tart before and it's lovely. Well, on Sunday when I pulled my blind baked pastry out of the oven, it cracked along the crease about 1/4 way around. I stared at it with dismay. I couldn't pour a liquid filling into it to bake, it would just leak out. So Col and I had a quick brainstorm, and I decided to use white chocolate as Spakfilla.
So while the white chocolate solved the problems with the crack, but then I wasn't sure if I could bake the filling. So my trusty Thermomix came to the rescue. I cooked the filling in it and then put it into the tart. After the tart had chilled. I made dark chocolate shards to put on the tart.
The flavour combination was inspired by my favourite chocolate from Belle Fleur, Lime & Cointreau. The chocolate has a dark chocolate ganache base upon which sits a lime/Cointreau cream. It's then enrobed in white chocolate. My final tart had a few issues. The filling didn't set as quickly as I'd like. It was firmer the next day, so I think that I either needed to cook it a couple more minutes or just let it sit overnight in the fridge. Also the layer of white chocolate on the bottom was too thick. In my haste, I dumped white chocolate callets into the pastry and melted them in the oven and spread them. It would have been better to melt the chocolate and then paint the pastry and fill the crack with the melted chocolate.
If I were to do it again, I would melt dark chocolate and brush a thin layer onto the pastry. Then I would fill it with lime filling and put white chocolate shards/curls on the top of the tart. And there will be another time because the flavours worked.
Here's the recipe for just the Lime Tart
from Flavours by Donna Hay
1 quantity sweet shortcrust pastry
2 cups plain flour
3 tablespoons caster sugar
155g butter, chopped
Basically I bung it all in my Thermomix, minus the water. Wizz it up until there are small butter pieces. Then I add enough iced water to get it to bind. You can do the same in a food processor obviously. Shape it into a disc, wrap it up and refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling.
1 cup caster sugar
1 cup cream (cream with 35% fat content, I used pure cream, but I'm sure thickened would be fine)
1 cup lime juice
Preheat the oven to 180-degC. Roll out the pastry to fit a 25cm removable-base tart tin. Prick a few holes in the pastry and line with non-stick baking paper. Fill with rice of baking weights and bake for 10 minutes. Remove the baking weights and paper and bake for a further 10 minutes. This process is called blind baking and will keep the tart shell crisp when filled with a wet filling. To make the lime filling, place the sugar, eggs, cream and lime juice in a bowl and mix to combine. Skim the top of the mixture to remove any bubbles or foam. (I have to mention that I like to use my kitchen torch to pop the bubbles. I saw them do it on Masterchef, and it works really well. More fun and easier than skimming in my opinion!). Pour into the tart shell and reduce the oven to 160-deg C and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the filling is just et. Refrigerate the tart until firm.
To serve, cut into wedges and serve with thick cream or ice cream.
note - You can swap the lime juice for lemon or blood orange juice.
Next up I'll share Will's birthday cake.