When Life Throws You Lemons

I’m a chocolate-lover through and through. When scanning the dessert menu, I go straight for anything with chocolate in it, and most of the time, it’s either a chocolate-something or none at all, unless there’s a dessert that looks compelling enough for a chocolate-less menu to be forgiven.

But recently, it’s started to change. I still love my chocolate desserts and they still top my list, but I’ve recently discovered a few new favourites – lemon-anything. I can’t recall when exactly my love affair with lemon desserts first started. Was it the lemony-lickits that I made for Christmas? Or was it the most luscious but refreshing lemon meringue tart that the Jman’s mom made one day?

Whatever it is, I have begun my search for The Best Lemon Tart in Melbourne and have had just one recommendation thus far, from my sister. I was told that Café Provincial on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy serves the best lemon tart – I have yet to try it. I also know someone, other than the Jman’s mom, who makes one of the best lemon tarts as well.

Thankfully, I have the book from which he took the recipe – the acclaimed Shannon Bennett’s (of Vue de Monde fame) My Vue, and a new pie pan that I bought from the restaurant supplies store at a steal.

And so all this culminates in my next endeavour – the ubiquitous Lemon Tart. It’s all around Melbourne, that’s for sure, but I’m not daring enough to taste every single one of them for fear of 1. a burst artery and 2. being eternally scarred by one bad tasting experience that will put me off lemon tarts for the rest of my life.

Now if only life really threw me lemons, I wouldn’t have to head down to the shop to buy them for my lemon tarts. Stay tuned!

p/s. If you have any wonderful lemon tart recipes to share or if you know of any places that serve up a really good lemon tart in Melbourne, please leave me a comment!


2 Responses to “When Life Throws You Lemons”

  1. If you are going to make the lemon tart from My Vue please ensure that it is the second edition, soft cover version of the book that you are referring to. The original hard cover version has some errors in this particular recipe.

    Kind regards,


  2. The Pseudo Epicurean Says:

    Hi Anna,

    Thank you for the heads up. I am using the soft cover version (although I’d very much love to get my hands on a hard copy one just because it looks great) so I should have the updated recipe. A friend of mine made lemon tart with this recipe and it was the best one I’ve ever had. I’ve been wanting to try it ever since but never got down to it.


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