Alright, I feel pretty good about this blog and who I am as a person, but occasionally I get a little uncomfortable bringing up hard or personal subjects. I shouldn’t because first, this is kind of my site, right, and second I happen to have pretty amazing readers who are totally wonderful to me, but I do worry. Which is why I’m also posting a Lemon Curd Cheesecake Tart recipe.
(Tart dough is always rolled out on our Bake It Fun mat!)
I saw a show once where anytime the main character had to talk to someone about something hard they busted out a treat so that things didn’t feel so uncomfortable. So let’s jump right into it with a little tart action to make you feel better. I recently read an article about Erin’s Law which I’ll give you a quick run down about it. I know, this is not what we typically talk about, but I feel so strongly about what she’s doing and I think we all should find a way to help.
Erin was sexually abused starting at age 6 by two different people that she associated with and it took her years to tell someone. Now Erin is trying to pass a law that just like tornado or earthquake drills are taught in schools we should be teaching children how to recognize when something is a good secret or a bad secret, safe touch and unsafe touch and how to tell a trusted adult to get help.
We’ve all probably known someone who has been through something similar, the older I get the more people or children I know who have become victims. It’s not right and it’s something we talk to our children about fairly often. In fact, we just had a family home evening awhile back before even hearing her story about where bathing suits cover and that no one should ever touch in those parts, good and bad secrets, things that don’t make us feel right like images or videos etc and that our kids should come to us, wont be in trouble nor will they be bad for what happened and they will be believed. We also don’t let our children do sleepovers as I have a few friends who all were abused by a friend’s brother, father or relative at a sleepover. I know, that’s a huge debate, but we are the parents of our children and I’d much rather them go to counseling for us not allowing sleepovers than counseling for being abused.
But back to my point, here are a few fact Erin shares that should wake parents up everywhere.
Real Facts Parents Should Know About Sexual Assault
1. 1 in 4 Girls and 1 in 6 Boys are sexually assaulted before age 18. Guys, that’s huge!! Just think about your street, 1 in 4!!
2. Over 90% are by someone they know and trust, family member, babysitter, coach, etc.
I didn’t tell you about the lemon curd swirled into the cheesecake or how I pour more over the top when it’s cooled, but this was far more important than dessert, don’t you think?
Are Lemon Curd and Lemon Pie Filling the Same?
Lemon curd is similar to pie filling but the texture is smoother and the flavor more intense.
Lemon pie filling is thickened with flour or cornstarch.
Lemon Curd is thickened with egg yolks and the natural pectin in lemon zest and lemon juice.
Does Lemon Curd Need to Be Refrigerated?
Lemon curd, which is made with eggs and egg yolks does need to be refrigerated.
It will keep 1-2 weeks in a tightly closed container.
Will Lemon Curd Thicken As It Cools?
Lemon curd will continue to thicken as it cools.
It should be covered immediately and refrigerated up to 2 weeks.
Lemon Curd Cheesecake Tart
Lemon Curd Cheesecake Tart
- 1 Large Egg Yolk
- 1 Tablespoon Buttermilk
- 1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract
- 1/4 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 1/4 Cups Flour
- 2/3 Cup Powdered Sugar
- 1/4 Teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, cut in small cubes
- 8 Ounces Cream Cheese, Softened
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1 Large Egg at room temperature
- 1 Tablespoons Heavy Cream
- 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
- 1 1/4 Cup Lemon Curd, store bought or homemade plus
- Raspberries for garnish
For the tart dough
- In a small dish, whisk the egg, buttermilk, almond and vanilla together.
- Place the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor and pulse until combined.
- Add the butter and pulse again until it's in bite sized pieces.
- Slowly pour in the egg mixture while running the processor until the dough just starts to come together, but is still shaggy.
- Place on plastic wrap and form into a disc and wrap the saran wrap around it.
- Place the dough in the fridge for 1 hour or up to 1 day.
- Remove the dough from the fridge and roll it out between two sheets of saran wrap.
- Press the dough into the tart pan and then freeze it for 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile, heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Prick the tart dough around the inner edges and bottom, put tin foil or parchment over the dough and fill with weights or dry beans and then bake for 25 minutes.
- Then proceed with the cheesecake portion.
For the cheesecake
- Turn the oven down to 325.
- In a mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.
- Add the sugar and beat again and then the egg, cream and vanilla and mix until creamy.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture into the tart shell then add teaspoon dollops of lemon curd all over the cheesecake, using 1/2 cup of the lemon curd.
- Use a knife to swirl the mixture and bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool and then chill.
- Pour the remaining lemon curd over the cheesecake and decorate with raspberries.