Ginger Lemon & Bourbon Blood Orange Tart With Cardamom Almond Crust: A DIY Dessert event at 18 Reasons

by Irvin on April 11, 2011 · 15 comments

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Last month, for the DIY desserts event that I co-lead with Melanie Duve over at 18 Reasons, we decided that Citrus was the perfect theme. On the cusp of spring, the bountiful amounts of citrus fruit were overflowing at the markets and the bright flavors and colors made me want to just pucker up and kiss someone. For me, citrus usually means lemon, as I have tons of lemons from my very productive lemon tree in the backyard, but I wanted to kick it up a notch (I know, when do I NOT want to kick it up a notch?), so I made a tart using two different types of citrus, regular Eureka lemons and blood oranges. Thus I created my Ginger Lemon & Bourbon Blood Orange Tart With Cardamom Almond Crust.

Ginger Lemon — Bourbon Blood Orange Tart With Cardamom Almond Crust

The DIY Desserts evening, as usual, brought in some amazing desserts. My co-leader Melanie brought lovely grapefruit ice box cookies which she unvegan-ized from the book Vegan Cookies Invade your Cookie Jar. Is unvegan-ized a word? It is now. Either way, I loved them, helping myself to a couple AND bring a few home as well.

Grapefruit Ice Box Cookies

Heather from Souffle Days brought a beautiful Blood Orange Tart with Pasta Frolla Crust and blood orange curd. It was everything you want a blood orange curd to taste like, tart, sweet and vividly colored.

Blood Orange Tart

There was a pretty amazing Lemon Loaf adapted from a Pierre Hermé’s recipe, which came with a lemon ginger marmalade. Double lemon bonanza! Whoo hoo!

Lemon Loaf w/Lemon Ginger Marmalade

There were two citrus pudding cakes, a Lemon Pudding Cake that Charles brought that he was fearful didn’t turn out well (it did) and a Tangerine Cake Top Pudding that also came with an apologize that it was a little underdone (it tasted great).

Lemon Pudding Cake

Barbara brought an Orange Coconut Bread that had a wonderful flavor (I loved the addition of the coconut to the citrus) and Jo had brought the Orange Kiss-Me Cake (which had orange, raisins and walnuts in it), along with the 1950s cookbook it was made from as well as a citrus gratin and the photo torn from a magazine that it came from. Awesome.

Orange Kiss-Me Cake

Citrus Gratin

And Samantha brought gluten free lemon almond cookies. They had that melt away texture that coated your tongue with crumbly delight.

Gluten Free Lemon Almond Cookies

Now my tart that I brought was originally labeled a Lemon Ginger and Blood Orange Creamsicle Tart because it was pretty creamy. In fact, since I had made the tart last minute, I was experimenting ended up with curd that was too creamy and less citrusy than I wanted it to be. The colors of the curd didn’t quite have the contrast that I was looking for and the flavors tasted a little muddy by the butter and cream I used in it. And though everyone was kind to me and told me they liked it, I knew I could do better.

18 Reasons DIY Desserts Citrus

So after a few more experiments after the event, I landed on this version. The colors pop more, the flavors are brighter and the overall tart was what I was looking for, a classic elegant dessert that is a showstopper. Too bad I hadn’t perfected it by the time the DIY Desserts came about. Oh well. There’s always next time!

Melanie and Irvin

Melanie, my co-leader for the DIY Dessert event, laughing at me using "air quotes".

The next DIY Desserts event at 18 Reasons is happening Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The theme this month is Boozy Delicacies! Bring a great dessert that has a little bit of alcohol in it, whether it’s vodka, irish cream, wine, rum or any other booze, come and have happy hour in dessert form! Hope to see you there!

Lemon Ginger Bourbon Blood Orange Tart with Almond Cardamom Crust

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Rosa April 11, 2011 at 9:56 am

What gorgeous treats! That tart looks beautiful and must be exquisite. A fabulous combination of divine flavors.




kickpleat April 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

Wow, how can I attend the next one? Man, looks so good as I LOVE citrus (and booze). Great looking tart!


Brian @ A Thought For Food April 11, 2011 at 10:17 am

Can you please pass some of your talent off to me? Pretty pretty please?


Pat April 11, 2011 at 11:27 am



Janaya August 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

Gee wiellikrs, that’s such a great post!


Shawn April 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

O-M-Goodness! If I can pull this together for Easter, you’ll hear screaming from Birmingham…I will have “bested” by sister’s dessert 🙂


Shawn April 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

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Monica April 11, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Sounds like the perfect way to spend an evening. Hope I can make it to an event soon.


Patty April 12, 2011 at 10:08 am

What a fun and delicious event! Amazing tart.


Chris April 12, 2011 at 7:57 pm

What a great night! Everything looks delicious. But your tart? Wow! Stunning.


Lea April 13, 2011 at 10:58 am

Wow, it looks fantastic! Great job!
Dessert evening sounds like quite an interesting and beautiful event!


Jennifer (Delicieux) April 13, 2011 at 2:55 pm

What an amazing tart!! I love the combination of flavours and the gorgeous striped pattern. You are so talented!


Phuoc'n Delicious April 14, 2011 at 7:31 pm

That’s so bloody impressive! The flavour combo sounds AMAZING! I’m so going to make a tart using this technique! Thanks! You’re awesome!


laura April 19, 2011 at 9:12 am

so pretty! thanks for sharing. saving this recipe to for safe keeping. =)


Jason April 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm

So, so sorry I missed the DIY desserts at 18 Reasons. Your tart looks incredible and anything with bourbon in it, especially a glass, is my choice. I spent the afternoon making a great bundt cake, inspired by Baked Explorations, but unfortunately came down with a headache so I skipped the get together. I’ll be there next time.


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