This afternoon I’m sitting in a ray of sunshine at my desk at Tartooful… and I am craving a cup of classic Earl Grey Tea and a traditional lemon tart…. Do you know the kind I mean? It would have a home made butter crust, with little fork marks around the slightly imperfect edge. It would be made with free range, happy-chicken eggs with deep, rich eggs yolks… and the lemon curd would be that same, ridiculously beautiful shade of yellow.
…Not too much sugar, but just enough to take the edge off the tart, citrus flavour of the fruit. That kind of lemon tart is so satisfying. It scratches every sort of snacking itch… buttery, flaked, baked, sweet and sour pure afternoon sugar fix. No matter how delicious, I could only ever eat one of these decadent treasures.
The Earl Grey tea, with its subtle hint of Bergamot, is an essential element, necessary to bring a little balance to the afternoon treat. The tea cuts the tart, firmly forbidding it from becoming cloying. Sipping from the hot cup demands that one slowly savour the whole experience.
Sigh…. are you there with me? It’s time for afternoon tea.
Clockwise from clasp: “Golden Flower Lock”, “Unique Amber”, “Silver MOuntain”, “Water”, “Unique Glass”, “Labradorite”, “Unique Amber”, “Smile of Stars”, “Unique Glass”, “Neptune’s Promise”, “Unique Amber”, “Neptune’s Promise”, “Unique Glass”, “Smile of Stars”, “Unique Amber”, “Labradorite”, “Unique Glass”, “Neverending”, “Unique Glass”, “Unique Amber”.