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Yes, his innovative recipes are remarkably simple. Here's what America's leading chefs are ...
Yes, his innovative recipes are remarkably simple. Here's what America's leading chefs are saying about François Payard and this stunning collection of spectacular desserts:
"François Payard is the best pastry chef that France ever exported to tantalize the American palate. From the useful chapters on technique, equipment, and basics, down to the many innovative and contemporary creations with clearly written recipes, this book is a must for the passionate baker. Simply Sensational Desserts will make François's mouth-watering desserts the hit of your next dinner party."
--Daniel Boulud, chef/owner of Daniel and Café Boulud
"It was a great day for New York when François Payard brought his whisks and wizardry to town. Now, all of America can rejoice in his creations. With this wide-ranging collection, François shares his extraordinary talent and surprises us with his knack for simplifying even the most sophisticated sweets. There isn't a single recipe for one of his astonishing desserts that can't be made--perfectly--by anyone with an oven, a mixer, and a sweet tooth. Simply Sensational Desserts is simply swell.
--Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking with Julia and Desserts by Pierre Hermé
"I have always been inspired by the brilliance and passion of François Payard. His depth of knowledge is what we all aspire to. Through his accessible and easy-to-use Simply Sensational Desserts, François can now inspire everyone--pastry chefs and home cooks alike. What a treat!"
--Claudia Fleming, pastry chef, Gramercy Tavern
With fifty full-color photographs and 140 simple, spectacular recipes, information on ingredients and equipment, innovative techniques and decorating ideas, and an entire chapter on basic pastry recipes, this long-awaited collection guarantees simply sensational desserts every time.
Winner of the 2000 IACP Cookbook Award.
Pastry chefs sometimes tend to make things too complex, and this perfect, perfectly simple lemon tart is evidence. When I first started making it, both customers and staff agreed that it was better than the labor-intensive tart we were serving in the shop at the time. And some chefs are afraid of tartness. But when people want lemon, they don't want to eat a bowl of sugar. With this tart, you taste the lemon. It is perfectly balanced between the sweet and sour. You want the richness of the lemon without it being too acid, and the rich buttery crust cuts the acidity too.
Most lemon tart recipes are made wirth lemon curd, which involves a lot of cooking, but this is a streamlined version. The filling is a variation of flan, the Spanish custard. The tart shell can be made the day before, and so can the filling, but they should be stored separately.
MAKES 6 TO 8 SERVINGS
Grated zest and juice of 3 lemons
3 large eggs
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon (112 grams) of sugar
3 tablespoons (43 grams) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces One 9 and 1/2-inch tart shell made from Sweet Tart Dough, prebaked
1/4 cup (60 grams) Apricot Glaze Mint leaves
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
2. Fill a medium saucepan one-third full with water and bring to a simmer. Put the zest and lemon juice in a medium bowl and whisk in the eggs. Add the sugar and butter and place th ebowl over the simmering water; the water must not touch the bottom of the bowl. Cook, whisking constantly until the butter is completely melted and the mixture is smooth. Remove the bowl from the pan of hot water and allow the mixture to cool for 15 minutes.
3. Place the prebaked tart shell on a baking sheet. Pour the filling into the shell and bake the tart for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the center is just set. Cool the tart completely on a wire rack.
4.Make the garnish: Using a channel knife, cut lengthwise grooves in the lemon, removing six strips of rind. Cut a crosswise slice from the center of the lemon and place it in the center of the tart. Slice the remaining lemon halves lengthwise in half and then cut the sections into half-moons. Arrange the slices around the edge of the tart with the cut sides out.
5. If necessary, rewarm the apricot glaze over low heat or in the microwave. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the top of the tart with the warm apricot glaze. Garnish with a few mint leaves.