What is more American than apple pie, I ask you?
Well, a lot of things, really. Many of them NOT GOOD. But apple pie is one of those gold standard things that gets thrown around all the time in feel good shows and speeches. "Baseball and apple pie" are go-tos for the "ideal American simplicity" of the 50s.
But apple pie really isn't an American construct. Just one that we have somewhat perfected.
So is it un-American to say that I don't like apple pie that much? Now don't get me wrong - I will never ever turn my nose up at a fresh, still warm slice of apple pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. But if I'm given a choice of pies, apple is generally going to be mid to bottom of the list of which one I want.
Why, you might be wondering, did I decide that my double crusted fruit pie should be an apple pie, then? Because I had a ton of apples that needed to get used up!
The lemon tart. One of my favorite desserts.
Really, I love a lot of lemon desserts. Lemon tarts. Lemon bars. Lemon cake. Give me something lemon-y and sweet and I'm probably going to love it.
The lemon tart, frequently referred to as a tarte au citron on GBBO, is really not a very difficult dessert in my opinion. This isn't the first time I've made a lemon tart - this is just the first time I've made this particular crust with this particular variant on the filling.
Lemon tarts are technically a custard tart, so this particular bake fits in a lot of different challenges over the seasons.