Don’t you just love love love the idea of baking something for someone that will make them really happy? (Or at least you hope it will make them happy, provided that you don’t screw it up.) There’s something to be said for the joy of making what you know someone loves to eat, of making their “favorite thing”, as a really special way of topping off a dinner.
The Occasion: The Husband’s birthday.
The Key Ingredient: Lemon. (Sausage was the theme for the dinner, but I couldn’t find an unrevolting way to incorporate sauage into a dessert, so lemon it was.)
The Masterpiece: Lemon Cornmeal Shortbread Tart.
The Feedback: Not bad indeed (although a sloshing amount of Chateauneuf du Pape wine might have altered The Husband’s perception of pretty much everything by the time dessert rolled around, let’s be honest).