This is an exciting post for me to write because it has a lot of good things going for it. First off this whole post is to celebrate Mother's Day and all the wonderful moms out there (especially mine) who deserve a special day.
Secondly there is a tart. A lemony, creamy, tangy tart topped with whipping cream and any kind of fruit you wish. (It is a very very good thing. The kind of thing that children who love their mothers make for Mother's Day)
And thirdly I've paired up with Cuisinart for an awesome giveaway so that you can make your mom all sorts of delicious stuff (or even give her the prize if you win, making you the obvious choice for the Favorite Child Award).
The prize is a Cuisinart Elite Collection 12-Cup (3 L) Food Processor so that you (or your mom hint hint) can get busy chopping and mixing in the kitchen.
It makes a lot of tasks in the kitchen a whole lot easier (like grating tons of cheese) and has an excellent warranty. I am personally extremely hard on my electronics and appliances (apologies to my phone, cameras, oven, etc) but I still expect them to last and work well. This food processor has a ten year motor warranty so you know that it will be working away in your kitchen for years to come.
A few of the other features include:
- a 4 cup bowl and a 12 cup bowl so that you can choose bowl size according to how big your chopping/mixing task is
- adjustable slicing plate, reversible shredding plate, two chopping blades, and a dough blade.
- both a large and a small feed tube
- die-cast metal housing
To test out the food processor for myself I decided to try out a tart dough for a couple of reasons. The first one is that my mom enjoys quiches and tarts so whipping up a batch of dough for Mother's Day seemed like a good plan. Secondly, pie and tart dough is my weakness/nemesis and I spend a good amount of time avoiding recipes that use it or trying those recipes and being sad about my lack of pie dough skills. I've gotten better with practice but I was hoping that using the food processor would improve my final result.
Then ice water is poured in while the food processor is pulsed until the dough just comes together. The whole process only took a few minutes. The dough gets split in two pieces, wrapped in plastic and put into the fridge to chill.
While the tart shell was cooling I used the food processor to make the first layer of the filling. In the smaller bowl with the chopping blade I put some softened cream cheese, lemon juice, orange and lemon zest, whipping cream, and sugar...
Next came a generous layer of lemon curd. Why have one layer of lemon flavor when you can have two? I put the tart into the fridge to set a bit so that the lemon curd wouldn't get mixed up in the next layer.
While it was setting I poured chilled whipping cream, a little bit of powdered sugar, and vanilla into the big bowl of the food processor and processed it until it was thick and fluffy. Clean up was easy: I just stuck the bowls from the food processor in the dishwasher (yay dishwasher safe). Done and done.
So so tasty: flaky tart crust (yay!) with two creamy and tangy lemon layers is perfect for a Mother's Day celebration.
Playing around with the food processor was so fun that I ended up trying out a whole bunch of recipes and I'll be posting more of my favorites before the giveaway ends.
2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup butter, chilled and cut into pieces
1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water
1. In the large bowl of your food processor put the flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse a few times to mix together.
2. Add the chilled butter and pulse until the dough is crumbly
3. Pour the ice water in slowly and use longer pulses to get the dough to come together. It will still look a bit crumbly but will hold together well when squeezed.
4. Divide the dough in half, press into two disks, wrap in plastic and let chill in the fridge for 1 - 2 hours. (You can freeze the second half because this recipe only uses one disk)
5. Roll out the chilled dough and line a 9 inch tart pan. Cover in foil and place pie weights or dried beans on it and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and weights and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden. Let chill before filling.
Lemon Cream Cheese Layer
1 package of softened cream cheese (8oz)
1 tbsp of orange zest
1.5 tbsp of lemon zest
2 tsp lemon juice
1/3 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup sugar (or to taste)
1. Place the softened cream cheese, the zests, and lemon juice in the small bowl of the food processor. Pulse until all the ingredients have combined
2. Add the whipping cream and pulse until smooth. Then add the sugar and sweeten to your liking.
3. Spread on the bottom of the tart shell and place in the fridge or freeze to firm up before adding the next layer.
I use Martha Stewart's recipe: Lemon Curd
You can also buy lemon curd in the jam section at the grocery store if you are short on time.
1 cup whipping cream
3-4 tbsp powdered sugar (or to taste)
2 tsp vanilla
1. Combine in the large bowl of the food processor fitted with the chopping blades. Turn the food processor on and let it whip the cream until thick and fluffy.
HOW TO ENTER (it's really easy)
Leave a comment below telling me what your mom's favorite dessert is.
A winner will be chosen randomly on May 13 (Mothers Day!)
If you want to get some extra chances to win you can enter up to four more times by doing the things listed below (one separate comment each)
1. Tweet about the giveaway and then comment with a link to your tweet. Use this tweet: "Mother's Day Giveaway! Win a Cuisinart Food Processor #yaymoms http://tinyurl.com/cp3soph "
2. Follow @Clock_worklemon on Twitter. Comment with your twitter handle
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4. Post the giveaway on your facebook (you can use the facebook "like" button at the bottom of the post) then leave a comment saying that you posted it.
And the winner is: Ashley!
This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and the USA only
Full Disclosure: Cuisinart is sponsoring this giveaway and has provided one food processor for product review and one for a prize giveaway. All opinions are my own