Fresh lemon tart is a classic dessert that is beloved for its tangy, refreshing flavor and smooth, creamy texture. Typically made with a buttery shortcrust pastry and a filling of zesty lemon curd, this tart is perfect for warm weather or any time you’re in the mood for a light and citrusy dessert. Some variations may include a dollop of whipped cream or meringue on top, but the simple combination of tart lemon and sweet pastry is often enough to satisfy any sweet tooth. Whether served as a show-stopping finale to a dinner party or as a special treat for yourself, fresh lemon tart is a delightful dessert that never goes out of style.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 large egg yolk
2-3 tbsp ice water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 tbsp lemon zest
Whipped cream and fresh berries, for serving
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in the cold butter until the
mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
2. Add the egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of ice water to the mixture, and stir until the dough
comes together. Add an additional tablespoon of ice water if needed.
3. Press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch tart pan. Prick the bottom
of the dough with a fork and chill for at least 30 minutes.
4. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Line the chilled tart shell with parchment paper and
fill with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 10-12 minutes, then remove the weights
and parchment paper and bake for an additional 5-7 minutes, or until lightly golden
5. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, sugar, eggs, melted butter,
and lemon zest until smooth.
6. Pour the lemon filling into the pre-baked tart shell and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until
the filling is set and the edges are lightly golden brown.
7. Let the tart cool to room temperature, then serve with whipped cream and fresh
berries, if desired.
Enjoy your delicious homemade lemon tart!