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When Life Throws You Lemons

Posted in Desserts, Restaurants in Melbourne with tags on May 14, 2008 by thepseudoepicurean

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!