Thursday, January 25, 2007

More Tarte au Citron

Pierre Herme Tarte au Citron

Tarte Citron au Citron, 9" x 11 1/2"
And without further ado the winner of the best tarte au citron in Paris is none other than PIERRE HERME!

Pierre Herme Tarte au Citron This was a surprise for me. I thought Gerard Mulot hands down would be the bestest, with his simple, direct, flat lake of a tarte.


Pierre Herme Tarte au Citron I was convinced you should not desecrate a citron tarte's smooth surface. Boy was I wrong. These generous pieces of lemon zest in Pierre Herme's tarte are NOT candied, but pleasantly tart. In fact this tarte was the tartest of all the the Parisien tarts. And the most lemony. Pierre Herme titles his tarte, "TARTE CITRON AU CITRON" with good reason.

Laduree Tarte au Citron

tarte au Citron,watercolor on Etsy, 9" x 11"

Many of the tarts were just too damn sweet even if pretty... Where was the lemon? Quite a few tasted too much of the lemon curd jar? Some had almost no lemony taste at all!? This was a shocker

The true test... Here the results of Gerard Mulot vs. Pierre Herme (on the right)A picture speaks a thousand words.

 
Fauchon squared Tarte au Citron BUT the tarte au citron contest is not over.Talk about pastry geometry - look at this squared lemon tart at Fauchon's. I have more work in front of me. For other Tarte au Citron obsessed fools out there: Laura Mercier Tarte au Citron Body and Bath Collection
The Club Citron (even has a lemon diet, loads of lemon photos and of course a recipe
Bonne Journee du Citron!!

18 comments:

  1. Oh I see Lemon is the new chocolate! I like how you emptied the lemon filling and left the DELICIOUS PIE CRUST!! How could you! Your good!!
    The square tart is a nice twist!

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  2. Anonymous8:07 AM

    Round or square...
    Who cares?
    Lemon tarts baked with flair
    And Parisien care.
    But not a bite to spare..
    I'm tearing my hair :(

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  3. Rita Konig9:08 AM

    Hi there, i love your site, it is so pretty. thank you for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. i have been wanting to try Pierre Herme for a while, apparently his macaroons rival laduree's and have you tried his cheese chocolates?

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  4. I am so glad you stated just which one was the best, but not cloyingly sweet. I tried one once in the south of France and nearly gagged on the sugar. No thanks. Give me the lemon! Now you need to do that wonderful strawberry dessert. And how about the cake Opera? I made it once - dirtied every pot and pan in the kitchen, but my friends beg me for it even now.

    Love your site! I paint, but just can't do watercolor. I scrub up the paper and make a big mess, so I do appreciate your deft touch and delicate use of color. You always get the meaning clear.

    Thanks for the daily enjoyment. Breakfast is my favorite meal, always with remembrances of breakfasts in France: baguette, croissants, coffee, yogurt, confiture. Can't understand people who just don't do breakfast. Have you noticed how cranky they are?

    Hugs, Marie

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  5. I envy you this joyous exercise. Wish I could be tagging along with you. I think lemon tarts are simply scumptious.

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  6. Oh, dear, sounds all so delicious, lemon-luscious.
    "Tarte au Citron Body and Bath",
    are you going to test those for us? :-)
    The NYTimes reports about Agata & Valentina's preserved Meyer lemons at 1505 First Avenue (79th Street).
    Vitamin deficiency month?

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  7. Anonymous11:42 AM

    Lemon is so refreshing as is your site here...But as for being the new Chocolate...Nah..I'll take both. ;-)
    Cris

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  8. There's no tart like a French tart.

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  9. Oh mon dieu! Absolutely scrumptious looking!

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  10. Loving your dedication and sacrifice....!! I love anything with lemons and the citrus testing is on my list for the next trip. Beautiful illustration, as always.

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  11. did you travel to Paris just this week to do this research!!??....

    Hello carol welcome to tartaholics anon.... (grin)

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  12. Well, I see I am going to have to do some taste tests of my own. Tough job but someone has to do it. I've always loved lemon meringue pie so I'm thinking I may lean toward to sweeter tarts but I could be wrong!

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  13. I'm jealous of your taste. This must have cost you a fortune!
    Great idea.
    I've had too many sweet lemon tarts also.

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  14. I'm jealous of your taste. This must have cost you a fortune!
    Great idea.
    I've had too many sweet lemon tarts also.

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  15. I was at the supermarket the other day... and your current tarte aux citron kick induced me to buy a box of Bonne Maman Tartelettes aux citron! it's not the same as pierre herme, but it's close enough to feed a craving...

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  16. Carol: Thanks for performing this very valuable (and delicious) customer service!
    ; )

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  17. I would love to have a good recipe for tarte au citron. I loved the small tarte au citron at Laduree. I want to make when that is very lemony and creamy, but the recipes I have found are without cream and have a solid lemon filling.

    Your help SVP!

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