Lemon Tart – Sugar Spun Run

My straightforward lemon tart recipe begins with a crisp, shortbread-esque crust and is full of a {smooth}, shiny lemon filling. It’s a refreshing dessert that’s excellent for hotter climate, however is admittedly great any time of yr. Recipe features a how-to video!

Overhead view of a lemon tart decorated with piped whipped cream and raspberries.

A Easy, Do-it-yourself Lemon Tart

Making up for the dreary climate we’ve been having lately with this shiny and sunny lemon tart.

It’s pure sunshine with a crisp, buttery crust cradling a silky-smooth lemon curd filling that’s equally tangy and candy. Prime it off with a fluffy cloud of home made whipped cream and simply attempt to hold your self from going again for a second slice. Resistance/willpower… a ability I’m but to grasp 🥴

I used to seek out tarts to be intimidating, however they’re actually easy to make and never a lot totally different than a pie. Essentially the most tough half is having persistence, because it must chill within the fridge in a single day earlier than serving, so hold that in thoughts in case you’re making it for an occasion. On that word, it’s excellent for making prematurely!

Head on view of a tart filled with lemon curd and garnished with whipped cream and raspberries.

My recipe contains three well-balanced layers:

  • Pâte sucrée crust: Tender, candy, and buttery pastry that holds up effectively towards the creamy filling. It’s sweeter than conventional pie crust and tastes just like a shortbread cookie. It might be scrumptious by itself, however in fact we’re going to be filling it with…
  • A wealthy, tangy lemon filling: A pleasant steadiness of sweetness and tanginess that units up simply agency sufficient to neatly slice. That is primarily the identical filling utilized in my lemon bars.
  • Elective whipped cream topping: Provides a lightweight, creamy end that tempers the tartness of the lemon. This may be piped or dolloped to fit your most well-liked presentation fashion. I piped it prettily for footage, however in actuality I sometimes simply plop a big spoonful on prime of my slice earlier than having fun with.

What You Want

Use high-quality substances ensures a vibrant, scrumptious, and superbly textured lemon tart. Particularly, you will want:

Overhead view of ingredients including lemons, eggs, sugar, butter, and more.
  • Butter. Use unsalted butter and ensure it’s tremendous chilly earlier than you add it to the crust (you may even place it within the freezer for 10-Quarter-hour beforehand). If yow will discover it and wish to spring for it, European butter works very properly right here!
  • Eggs. We’ll use eggs in each the crust and the filling. For the crust, be sure that your egg is chilled earlier than including it. For the filling, we’ll use two complete eggs and some additional yolks. For those who’d like to make use of your leftover egg whites as a substitute of throwing them away, you need to use them to make meringue cookies, French macarons, or a batch of marshmallow frosting. You can even use it to make a meringue to prime off the pie, however I choose to make use of whipped cream as a substitute.
  • Lemons. Squeeze your individual lemons! The bottled stuff simply doesn’t come shut flavor-wise (I had just a few members of the family who insisted it didn’t make a distinction, however a taste-test left me vindicated, and Bon Appetit also validates my claim, discussing the oxidation of the bottled stuff and whatnot) . That is crucial, and I solely assure tasty outcomes in case you observe this rule 😉
  • Powdered sugar. We’ll use a little bit of powdered sugar within the crust for tender, shortbread-esque outcomes.
  • Vanilla extract. I don’t use any vanilla within the filling because it undermined the lemon taste reasonably than flattered it, however a splash within the crust and the whipped cream on prime does accent the filling properly.

SAM’S TIP: You will need to hold your tart crust substances as chilly as attainable! In the event that they get too heat, the perimeters of your tart may collapse whereas baking. A meals processor is my most well-liked software for getting ready the crust because of this (a meals processor works rapidly and also you don’t want to make use of your fingers, which might heat the substances), however you may alternatively use a pastry cutter as a substitute.

That is simply an outline of the substances I used and why. For the complete recipe please scroll right down to the underside of the submit!

The best way to Make Lemon Tart

Make the tart crust (pâte sucrée)

Collage of four photos showing a tart crust being prepared.
  1. Pulse collectively the flour, sugar, and salt in a meals processor, then add the butter and pulse once more till coarse crumbs kind.
  2. Mix the egg and vanilla (I whisk them collectively in a small dish to evenly distribute the vanilla extract) then pour into the meals processor and pulse till the dough begins to cling collectively.
  3. Kind the dough right into a disc, wrap in plastic (or parchment paper), and place within the fridge to relax for 1 hour. See these specks all through the dough within the pictures above? That’s butter, you wish to see that!
  4. Roll the dough right into a 10-11″ circle earlier than urgent right into a 9″ tart pan. Tip for whenever you’re rolling out your dough: achieve this on a floured floor and periodically use a spatula to scrape up the underside of the dough to maintain it from sticking. To switch the dough to the tart pan, merely roll it up round your rolling pin then unroll it over the tart pan (I show this in my video).

Bake the crust

Collage of two photos showing a tart crust before and after baking.
  1. Prick the underside of the crust throughout with a fork, cowl with parchment paper, and fill with pie weights. I crumple (and un-crumple) my parchment paper a number of instances in order that it suits properly within the pie shell. Chill within the freezer for half-hour.
  2. Bake the crust for 20 minutes at 375F, then rigorously take away the parchment and pie weights and bake for an additional 5 minutes/till gentle browning happens.

Put together the Filling

Collage of four photos showing a lemon tart filling being prepared on the stove.
  1. Whisk collectively all substances besides the butter in a medium sized pot. Add the butter and switch the warmth to medium low.
  2. Stir consistently whereas the combination cooks. As soon as it thickens and coats the again of a spoon, take away the curd from the warmth.
  3. Pour the filling by a wonderful mesh strainer right into a heatproof bowl, then pour into your tart crust. The strainer is key, it filters out any impurities, seeds, or small bits of cooked egg which will have occurred. It’s essential use one for a silky {smooth} filling.
  4. Evenly unfold the filling into the crust, and {smooth} the floor. Let cool at room temperature for one hour, then switch to the fridge for not less than 6 hours.

Whipped Cream

Collage of two photos showing whipped cream being prepared and piped onto a tart.
  1. Whip the cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla till stiff peaks kind.
  2. Unfold or pipe onto the chilled tart, slice, and luxuriate in!

SAM’S TIP: When you can at all times simply unfold the whipped cream on prime of your lemon tart, I like to make use of the Ateco 848 piping tip (linked within the recipe card beneath) to create a reasonably piped design.

Slice of lemon curd-filled tart missing a bite on a white plate.

Continuously Requested Questions

Why is my lemon tart runny?

In case your lemon tart is runny, the largely seemingly trigger is just not cooking the filling lengthy sufficient. It must be properly thickened whenever you pull it off the range. For those who’d like a visible, see the video beneath to see the precise consistency mine is when it’s completed; I prefer to test to ensure it coats the again of a spoon earlier than I pull it off the warmth. Once I run my finger by the curd (on the again of the spoon) the path that my finger makes ought to maintain and the curd shouldn’t movement again over it.

Can I take advantage of a unique sort of citrus?

Sure, I believe limes, oranges, and even grapefruits would work effectively.

Does a lemon tart have to be refrigerated?

Sure! Since this tart incorporates an egg-based custard filling, I like to recommend refrigerating it. Make sure that to maintain it coated to stop any fridge odors from absorbing into the tart.

Can I take advantage of a unique crust?

Pâte sucrée is the traditional selection, however you can substitute my graham cracker crust as a substitute.

Lemon tart decorated with piped whipped cream and raspberries.

As soon as completed, you may enhance your lemon tart with contemporary berries, mint sprigs, and even edible flowers. Do you like to brighten yours, or hold it plain (in case you go all-out with the adorning, be sure to tag me on Instagram so I can see it!)?

Take pleasure in!

Let’s bake collectively! I’ll be strolling you thru all of the steps in my written recipe and video beneath! For those who do this recipe, you should definitely tag me on Instagram, and you too can discover me on YouTube and Facebook

Lemon tart decorated with piped whipped cream and raspberries.

Lemon Tart

My straightforward lemon tart recipe has a crisp, shortbread-esque crust and a {smooth} lemon filling. It is a refreshing dessert that is excellent for spring or summer season! Recipe features a how-to video!


Course: Dessert

Delicacies: American

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook dinner Time: 30 minutes

Chilling Time: 7 hours 30 minutes

Complete Time: 8 hours 45 minutes

Servings: 8 servings

Energy: 561kcal


Whipped Cream (optionally available):

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For the tart crust:

  • To the basin of a meals processor, add flour, sugar, and salt. Briefly pulse to mix.

    1 ½ cups (190 g) all-purpose flour, ½ cup (65 g) powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Add butter and pulse till coarse crumbs kind (about ten 1-second pulses)

    8 Tablespoons (113 g) unsalted butter

  • In a separate, small dish, whisk collectively egg and vanilla. Drizzle over flour combination, and pulse till dough simply begins to cling collectively.

    1 giant egg, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Fastidiously take away from meals processor (watch the blade) and form dough right into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.

  • Roll chilled dough right into a 10-11″ (25cm) disc and press right into a 9″ (23cm) tart pan. Prick the underside throughout with a fork, line with parchment paper, and fill with pie weights or dry beans. Freeze for half-hour, in the meantime preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

  • As soon as crust has chilled and oven is preheated, bake crust in heart rack of 375°F (190°C) oven for 20 minutes or till edges are gentle golden brown. Take away parchment and weights (rigorously), then bake for an extra 5 minutes (the underside of the tart must be starting to show evenly golden). Put together lemon filling

Lemon Filling

  • In a medium-sized saucepan, mix eggs, egg yolks, lemon juice, sugar, and salt. Add butter and cook dinner over medium-low warmth, stirring consistently, till combination is thickened and coats the again of a spoon.

    2 giant complete eggs, 4 giant egg yolks, ½ cup (120 ml) freshly-squeezed lemon juice, 1 cup (200 g) granulated sugar, ⅛ teaspoon salt, ½ cup (113 g) unsalted butter

  • Take away from warmth and pour combination by a wonderful mesh strainer right into a bowl, then pour into tart crust and unfold evenly. Cool at room temperature for 1 hour, then refrigerate for not less than 6 hours or in a single day.

Whipped Cream (optionally available)

  • Mix heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on excessive velocity till stiff peaks kind. Pipe or dollop whipped cream onto tart earlier than serving. I used an Ateco 848 so as to add the ornamental whipped cream on prime.

    ¾ cup (177 ml) heavy cream, ¼ cup (30 g) powdered sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Tart pan

I don’t grease my tart pan.
When attempting to line the unbaked tart crust with parchment paper (step 5) it’s useful to crumple the parchment paper, uncrumple, crumple once more, then uncrumple earlier than utilizing. This helps it match snugly and extra flush into the tart crust.


The tart crust doesn’t must be fully cooled earlier than including the lemon filling, in actual fact the filling might be added when the crust is scorching proper out of the oven. Typically I’ll start getting ready the lemon filling whereas the crust remains to be within the oven.


Retailer coated within the fridge for as much as 5 days. I retailer my tart within the tart pan and don’t take away until I wish to put it on a serving plate. Whereas I haven’t personally frozen this tart, I believe it could freeze wonderful (after cooling and setting fully).


Serving: 1serving | Energy: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 7g | Fats: 35g | Saturated Fats: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fats: 2g | Monounsaturated Fats: 10g | Trans Fats: 1g | Ldl cholesterol: 244mg | Sodium: 147mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 1252IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg

Dietary info is predicated on third-party calculations and must be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will differ based mostly upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.