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A Pretty Yuzu Tart and an Oscar Night Treat From Epicerie Boulud

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[Photographs: Niko Triantafillou]

Epicerie Boulud's tiny Yuzu Meringue Tart ($6) is not only beautiful, but it also strikes the perfect balance between sweet and tart flavors. The yuzu curd filling is a relative of a classic tart citron, but its flavor and aroma are closer to grapefruit than lemon.

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The inside of the tart is split evenly between a light colored, somewhat thick, curd filling and a fluffy meringue cap. The dozen or so tiny kisses of meringue are torched and browned on top. The shell, as with all tarts from Epicerie Boulud, is also perfect, with a well baked crumb that's firm but then crumbles with ease upon your first bite. Four tiny gelée discs flavored with very tart yuzu round out the pastry.

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And for those who are fans of the Oscars and sweets, Epicerie Boulud is selling Oscar Cookies for $3.75, with a golden Oscar on a classic sable breton cookie base.

About the author: Native New Yorker Niko Triantafillou is the founder of DessertBuzz.comand is an unabashed foodie nerdling. Follow him on Twitter at @DessertBuzz.

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