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No-Bake Lemon Cream Tart

Servings: 6-8
For a chocolate-fix variation, a suggestion is to purchase filled three-inch chocolate tartlet shells with the lemon curd. Or brush melted sweet chocolate over the graham cracker crust before filling. Begin this recipe one day ahead.

For the crust:
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter
1/4 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
7 whole graham crackers, finely crushed

For the lemon cream filling:
1/2 cup whole milk
1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
2 large eggs

1 1/4 cups chilled whipping cream

The Crust:
Melt 6 tablespoons butter in medium skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk in brown sugar. Whisk until mixture bubbles thickly, about 2 minutes. Mix in cracker crumbs; stir 1 minute. Using back of fork, press warm crumb mixture over bottom and up sides of 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Cool crust completely.

The Filling:
Pour milk into small custard cup. Sprinkle gelatin over. Let stand until gelatin softens, about 15 minutes. Whisk 1 cup sugar, lemon juice, and lemon peel in heavy medium saucepan to blend well. Whisk in eggs, then remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Whisk over medium heat until custard thickens and just begins to boil, about 5 minutes; remove from heat. Add gelatin mixture; whisk until gelatin dissolves. Let stand until beginning to set, about 10 minutes.

Pour warm filling into crust. Chill until filling is firm, at least 3 hours and up to 1 day.

The Topping:
Beat cream and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar in medium bowl until peaks form. Pipe or spoon cream over tart. Serve immediately or chill up to 4 hours.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Source: Bon Appetit-October 2001
Date: August 12, 2002