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Spring Flower Lemon Tarts

Spruce up your spring… celebrate the sun (and the Son!)… liven up your Easter dinner with these yummy (and easy) Lemon Tart Flowers… carb-counted (as always).

Low-Carb? No
Gluten-free? Not as outlined below (but you could use a GF pie crust instead)
Dairy-free? No (Tenderflake pie shells contain whey powder)
Nut-free? Yes

Yield / Carb Content: Makes ~12 flower-shaped lemon tarts, each with ~20*g of Carbs and ~8*g of fat.

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INGREDIENTS:

2 – 23cm (9”) pre-made Pie Shells (such as Tenderflake)

1 -212g package Lemon Pie Filling Mix (such as Shirriff original lemon pie filling and dessert mix) Note: You’ll only use less than half of the total filling made. You could use the extra as ice cream topping!)

2 eggs

1 tbsp butter

1/3 cup (83ml) cold water

2 cups (500ml) hot water

1 tbsp Icing Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:
  1. Thaw pie shells at room temperature for 20-30 mins.
  2. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
  3. Spray non-stick cooking spray into a mini-muffin pan. Set aside.
  4. Lightly roll pie crusts on a silicone mat; using a flower-shaped cookie cutter, cut out as many flowers as possible. I used a 4″-diameter flower-shaped cookie cutter. Once the first set of flowers are cut, you can ball up the dough and roll it out again. You should be able to get 12 flower-shaped cut-outs (each containing ~11g of carbs and 8g of fat).
  5. Place the dough pieces in mini muffin tins, leaving an empty space between flowers. Press them into the bottom and on the sides.
  6. Brush egg wash (from one egg) on the top edges of each crust.
  7. Bake for 8-12 minutes or until golden around the edges.
  8. Remove from oven and let the crust cool while you make the filling.
  9. Make lemon pie filling according to package instructions. (For Shirriff lemon pie filling, combine with 2 egg yolks, water, and butter.)
  10. Once the flower crusts have cooled, use the tip of a knife to loosen them from the mini muffin cups.
  11. Dust the petals with icing sugar. (~1g of carbs for each flower).
  12. Spoon ~1 ½ tablespoons of lemon mixture into each mini tart crust. (This amount of filling contains ~7-8g of carbs and 0g of fat, for each flower.)

(Thanks to Sugar Apron for this recipe, adapted to fit my non-baker skill set!   ~Michelle)

CARB CONTENT:

Total yield: ~12 flower-shaped lemon tarts, each with ~20*g of Carbs and ~8*g of fat.

*Nutritional information is given for general information only, and will vary depending on the amount, type and brand of ingredients you choose, as well as the size of your cookie cutter, and the amount of filling in each flower-shaped crust – Please verify your carb and fat content when you make this recipe.


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