Lemon Tart – Sugar Spun Run

My straightforward lemon tart recipe begins with a crisp, shortbread-esque crust and is crammed with a {smooth}, vivid lemon filling. It’s a refreshing dessert that’s good for hotter climate, however is absolutely fantastic 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 vivid 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 do-it-yourself whipped cream and simply attempt to preserve your self from going again for a second slice. Resistance/willpower… a talent 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 completely different than a pie. Probably the most troublesome half is having persistence, because it should chill within the fridge in a single day earlier than serving, so preserve that in thoughts should you’re making it for an occasion. On that observe, it’s good for making prematurely!

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

My recipe consists of three well-balanced layers:

  • Pâte sucrée crust: Tender, candy, and buttery pastry that holds up properly in opposition to the creamy filling. It’s sweeter than conventional pie crust and tastes just like a shortbread cookie. It could be scrumptious by itself, however after all we’re going to be filling it with…
  • A wealthy, tangy lemon filling: A pleasant stability of sweetness and tanginess that units up simply agency sufficient to neatly slice. That is primarily the identical filling utilized in my lemon bars.
  • Non-obligatory whipped cream topping: Provides a light-weight, 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 usually simply plop a big spoonful on high of my slice earlier than having fun with.

What You Want

Use high-quality elements ensures a vibrant, scrumptious, and fantastically textured lemon tart. Particularly, you will have:

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’ll be able to 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 certain that your egg is chilled earlier than including it. For the filling, we’ll use two entire eggs and some further yolks. In case you’d like to make use of your leftover egg whites as a substitute of throwing them away, you should use them to make meringue cookies, French macarons, or a batch of marshmallow frosting. You could possibly even use it to make a meringue to high off the pie, however I choose to make use of whipped cream as a substitute.
  • Lemons. Squeeze your personal lemons! The bottled stuff simply doesn’t come shut flavor-wise (I had a number of 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 important, and I solely assure tasty outcomes should you comply with 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 high does accent the filling properly.

SAM’S TIP: You will need to preserve your tart crust elements as chilly as potential! In the event that they get too heat, the edges of your tart may collapse whereas baking. A meals processor is my most well-liked device for making ready the crust for that reason (a meals processor works shortly and also you don’t want to make use of your fingers, which may heat the elements), however you may alternatively use a pastry cutter as a substitute.

That is simply an summary of the elements I used and why. For the total recipe please scroll all the way down to the underside of the publish!

Easy methods 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. Type the dough right into a disc, wrap in plastic (or parchment paper), and place within the fridge to sit back for 1 hour. See these specks all through the dough within the photographs 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: accomplish that 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 display 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 matches 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 one more 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 elements besides the butter in a medium sized pot. Add the butter and switch the warmth to medium low.
  2. Stir continuously 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 way of a nice 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 that will have occurred. You could 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 all the time simply unfold the whipped cream on high 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 principally seemingly trigger will not be cooking the filling lengthy sufficient. It needs to be properly thickened whenever you pull it off the range. In case you’d like a visible, see the video beneath to see the precise consistency mine is when it’s completed; I wish to examine to verify it coats the again of a spoon earlier than I pull it off the warmth. After I run my finger by way of the curd (on the again of the spoon) the path that my finger makes ought to maintain and the curd shouldn’t stream again over it.

Can I take advantage of a special kind of citrus?

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

Does a lemon tart should be refrigerated?

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

Can I take advantage of a special crust?

Pâte sucrée is the standard alternative, however you might substitute my graham cracker crust as a substitute.

Lemon tart decorated with piped whipped cream and raspberries.

As soon as completed, you’ll be able to enhance your lemon tart with contemporary berries, mint sprigs, and even edible flowers. Do you like to embellish yours, or preserve it plain (should 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! In case you do this recipe, make sure to tag me on Instagram, and you can even 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 good 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 (elective):

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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 massive 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 middle 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 needs to 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 continuously, till combination is thickened and coats the again of a spoon.

    2 massive entire eggs, 4 massive 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 way of a nice 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 (elective)

  • Mix heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract. Beat on excessive pace 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 high.

    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 should be fully cooled earlier than including the lemon filling, in truth the filling will be added when the crust is scorching proper out of the oven. Typically I’ll start making ready the lemon filling whereas the crust remains to be within the oven.


Retailer lined 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 nice (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 relies on third-party calculations and needs to be thought of an estimate solely. Precise dietary content material will range primarily based upon manufacturers used, measuring strategies, cooking technique, portion sizes, and extra.