Thursday, April 5, 2012

Lemon Dessert Tea

A while back my very dear friend Joyce asked a small favor of my DH who knows how to weld and work with and fix metal things. He is asked to do odd little repair jobs fairly often from family and friends. It's all good, but is it ever doubly good when Joyce asks!

Joyce is truly one of the ultimate "one good turn deserves another" kind of friends and is SO sweet, kind and generous in so many ways. This time one of those generous kindnesses is that she "paid" my husband with the most amazing lemon dessert when he did a little welding for her recently.

You see, lemon is my DH's very favorite flavor. He doesn't eat ice cream, he doesn't eat nuts, he hates chocolate, doesn't like coconut....................but he loves lemon.  Joyce knew this and made him us very happy recipients, indeed!  She said she found some really fresh wonderful Meyer lemons and couldn't resist making this, as Meyer are the best!

So, with such a wonderful colorful and delicious dessert gift, what better thing to do but set up a nice tea with pretty china? In celebration, I  picked out china that would highlight that amazing lemon yellow! This is very old hand painted Bavarian.



(Thank you, Joyce. Life is good, life is very very good indeed!)






















Creamy Lemon Supreme



Crust:
 

12 Lemon Cream-Filled Sandwich Cookies, finely chopped

3 tbs. Butter, melted

1 Lemon*


Filling:


2 Lemons (Meyer are best)                                             1 tbs. Butter

2.9 oz. pkg. Lemon Cook & Serve Pudding                   16 oz. Cream Cheese, softened

½ c. Sugar                                                                    ½ c. Confectioner’s Sugar

2 cups Water, divided                                                  8 oz. Cool Whip, divided

2 Egg Yolks
 

1.      Combine Cookie crumbs and melted butter.  Press into bottom of lightly greased spring-form pan.  Cut 6 thin slices from lemon, and then cut each slice in half.  Place lemon halves against inside collar of pan with cut edge touching crust.  Refrigerate while preparing filling.


2.      Zest lemons to measure 1 ½ tsp.  Squeeze lemons to yield ¼ c. juice.  Combine pudding mix, sugar, ¼ c. of water and egg yolks in small saucepan; stir until blended.  Stir in remaining 1 ¾ c. water.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture comes to a full boil; remove from heat.  Set aside ½ c. of the pudding; cool slightly.  Whisk butter and lemon juice into remaining pudding in saucepan; cool 15 minutes, stirring twice.

3.      In medium bowl, combine softened cream cheese and confectioner’s sugar.  Whisk in reserved ½ c. lemon pudding and 1 tsp. lemon zest.  Fold in 2 c. Cool Whip; spread over crust.

4.      Stir remaining lemon pudding mixture and spoon evenly over cream cheese filling, spreading gently.  Refrigerate at least 6 hours.

5.      Loosen edges by sliding a knife around sides of pan.  Release collar and garnish each slice with additional Cool Whip and lemon zest.







Linking:

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Let's Dish!

Thursday Tea Things!

27 comments:

  1. What a lovely lady she sounds! And what a beautifully presented lemon tart. The recipe looks yummy, just the right thing for an Easter tea party!

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  2. Oh, that recipe sounds yummy. For me, the highlight is that beautiful china.

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  3. What a wonderful friend you have and the lemon square she made looks absolutely delicious. I love your pretty china...what a lovely setting.

    Blessings,
    Lisa

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  4. Oh my, that does look delicious, Michele! I wouldn't be able to eat it {gluten free}, but I bet your hubby was in heaven! Very sweet of your friend to make him something she knew he liked.

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  5. This sounds delicious and the china is gorgeous!!

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  6. heading to the market right now!!

    yumm-o

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  7. Oh gosh - I wish I had a Joyce. That looks delicious. The pattern on your china is so perfect for Easter. Have a great weekend!

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  8. How very pretty...a welcome spot of sunshine!!! hugs...cleo

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  9. What a gorgeous tea set! And that pie looks amazing. I love everything lemon and will have to try this one for sure!

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  10. Looks so tasty and your dishes are lovely!

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  11. What an interesting recipe...It looks delicious! And I love the dishes! Perfect! Thanks for linking to Thursday Teacups And Talk! Happy Easter!
    Cheers!
    R

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  12. Love your tea set! Adore the birdie! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  13. The china is so beautiful and the food looks amazing.

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  14. Beautiful china...yes, the food does look amazing!

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  15. Your china is so beautiful and that lemon dessert looks scrumptious!

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  16. Everything looks wonderful! Hope you are feeling better!

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  17. The only thing better than lemon is chocolate in my book. What a nice treat and your tea table is wonderful! Love the shape of the cup and the color is beautiful! Dessert holds it's own the the pretty table!

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  18. So beautiful The china and the dessert. Everything looks beautiful.

    Thank you so much for visiting my Easter Dinner today. I really appreciate your kind words.

    Have a Happy Easter.
    Cynthia

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  19. I am so glad your husband helped out, because then he got dessert, and then you created a tea setting, and then WE got to see such beautiful china! Truly those pieces are a work of art! Thank you so much for sharing, and I am also a fan of lemon and will have to give your friend's recipe a try!

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  20. What a great lemon dessert!! It looks and sounds SO delish! And your tea set. Oh Michele it is just gorgeous. One of the loveliest I've ever seen and I've seen alot. How gracious of your friend and how very special of your husband to help her out like that. And all your readers get to reap the benefits of seeing it displayed so beautifully. Thanks for sharing. Love it, simply love it.

    HUgs,

    Nann

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  21. What a wonderful recipe and lovely teaset!

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  22. Michele, I love the bavarian china...oh, so pretty! That dessert is one that I would love to try. Wasn't that so sweet of her? p.s. I didn't know that tilapia is also known as St. Peter's fish!! Happy Easter, my bloggy buddy!!

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  23. This looks amazing! And on your tea set, even better.

    Hope you'll be linking it to Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  24. Hi Michele,
    thank you for your visit and the sweet comment. You Bavarian china is amazing! It is soooo pretty made. Very tastfully design and those colors are perfect for the lemon desert. And the cute sugar tongs! You know I am close adicted to every rose pattern on flatware! The lemon desert sounds great as we love Florida Key lime pie but its hard to make it correct. So your recipe sounds really much easier and I will try it once. Your antique eggs are Chinese or Japanese and very beautiful painted. I love the way to display them. Would love to shop in such antique stores. I wish you a blessed Easter time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  25. yum! i love lemon! your china is SO very beautiful! have a wonderful easter:)

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  26. I love your beautiful china tea set and is so perfect for a party! Your friend is thoughtful to return the favor with DH's lemon cake. The recipe sound delicious and looks so tempting! Happy tea party! pam

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  27. Your tea set is exquisite. You have made a beautiful moment.

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