I was excited to make these both because my 15-year-old likes all things lemon flavored, and because the raspberries at my local farmers’ market looked delicious. Unfortunately, I dallied too long and by the time I got to the market stall Saturday morning, the raspberries were gone and I had to settle for blueberries. The blueberries were pretty terrific, but for reasons both structural and aesthetic were not as good on the pielet as raspberries would have been.
I started a week early, making and freezing the pate sucree. The only noteworthy event during that endeavor occurred when I divided the dough into two parts. I put one part on the scale, and discovered it weighed exactly what it was supposed to! No adding or subtracting little pinches of dough. I was so excited I took a picture to document my
lucky guess achievement.
Early Saturday morning I took the refrigerated dough out to warm up slightly and started rolling.
I have no pielet pans. and my kitchen is so full I have four shelves of auxiliary tools in my basement, so improvisation was called for. I decided that the tempered glass bowls I recently bought would do.
Here they are, ready to go into the oven. Well, almost….
Now they’re really ready!
Once that was taken care of, I started making lemon curd. This was a big batch!
I had the Great British Baking Show on in the background at this point. The contestants were working on making a cookie (“biscuit”) box to hold more cookies. They were nervous and working hard, and generally reflected my mood as I got ready to make lemon curd whipped cream.
I refrigerated the cream, beaters and bowl, but then had the same d*&n problem as before where the beaters tossed the cream onto the counter, the barstools, and the floor. Frazzled, I swapped bowls, but the second bowl was room temperature which wasn’t good news for my not-so-lofty cream.
It wasn’t a big problem, though I have ordered a nice new silicone mixing bowl, storage issues be damned.
Now I had pielets ready to decorate. I got out the blueberries and soon realized that a small, smooth, round berry wasn’t going to have the same visual effect as a bumpy pyramidal one. But no matter, these pielets are for family, and they’re a forgiving lot.
Given the events of the past few weeks, I resurrected a symbol from the 60s for my signature motif: