Cooking with Alison

Favourite Lemon Tart Recipe

In Pies & Tarts on March 31, 2012 at am

I love this lemon dessert.  As you can probably tell from the picture below, I over baked my tart a little bit, and it was still delicious.  I made it for Thanksgiving last year and it was the perfect finish to a hearty prime rib dinner.  When I was making the tart crust, I was doubtful of the recipe, because it was more crumbly and dry than any other crust I’d ever made, but it turned out beautifully crispy!  The crispy crust is the perfect compliment to the tart filling.  I love that the filling is so fresh and natural tasting; it’s not too tart and it’s not too sweet.  This is simple to make and elegant enough to serve for a special occasion.  Note that although the crust only stays crispy for the first day, it’s still very good the next day.  In fact, my mom loved the crust and she didn’t try it until the second day.  The word she used was “success” in Chinese.

Lemon Tart Recipe

adapted from Luscious Lemon Desserts; original recipe posted here

makes one tart; you could use a 9″, 10″ or 11″ tart pan, but note that you will have extra filling if you use a 9″ tart pan

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest (organic lemons are preferred)

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 cup unsalted butter

1 1/4 cups granulated white sugar

6 large eggs

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

salt

icing sugar for dusting (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350F and position a rack in the lower third of the oven.

In the bowl of a food processor, process 1 cup of the sugar with 1 tablespoon of the lemon zest until finely ground.  Pour it into a large bowl and set aside.  Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium low heat.  Then stir in one tablespoon of the lemon zest, remove from heat, and allow to stand for 5 minutes.  In the bowl of your food processor, combine the flour, 1/4 cup of the sugar and a pinch of salt.  With the motor running, pour the butter down the feeding tube in a thin stream.  Process until well blended.  It may be crumbly, but it should hold together when pressed firmly.  Empty the mixture into a tart pan with a removable bottom and press the dough very firmly with your hands and fingers to evenly line the sides and bottom of the tart pan.  Place the tart pan onto a baking sheet and bake the crust until it is a light golden brown, about 20 minutes.  If it is burning too quickly, transfer it to the middle rack in your oven.  Allow the crust to cool completely on a wire rack.  Meanwhile, make the filling.

In the large bowl containing the processed sugar and lemon zest, whisk in the eggs, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt until smooth.  Set aside.  In the bowl of a stand mixer using a wire whisk, beat the heavy cream on medium high speed until soft peaks are achieved.  Then fold the whipped cream into the filling mixture until just combined.  Pour this mixture into your tart crust evenly and bake (on a baking sheet) in the center of the oven until the filling is just set in the middle, about 20 to 30 minutes.  Allow the tart to cool completely on a wire rack so that the filling sets.  Gently remove the tart from the pan (see here for an easy way to remove a tart from a tart pan).  Serve as is or dust with icing sugar just prior to serving.

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  1. I heart lemon squares, and having it in tart form is just as good. Thanks for posting this! 🙂

    • Thanks so much for your comment! I always find that lemon squares are too sweet and that they don’t hold together very well, so I much prefer lemon tarts. I hope you like it too!

  2. Your Lemon tart recipe looks good. I don’t like things too sweet either. The crust looks interesting and it was nice to see a recipe using a food processor.

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