Lemon tart


Lemon tart
Lemon tart (tarte au citron) is one of France's great classic desserts, though there are many different versions. This is more or less the classic version, with sweetcrust pastry and a creamy filling that uses both lemon zest and juice for a deliciously tart tart!
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Last modified on: September 18th 2019

For 1 tart, you will need:

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationCookingStart to finish
1 hour 27 min.6 min.1 hour 33 min.
Keeping: 1or 2 days in the fridge, covered with plastic film.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 5 min.
Lemon tart : Photo of step #1
In a mixing bowl, cut 170 g butter into small pieces and leave at room temperature to soften.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
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Pour 110 g caster sugar and 10 g Vanilla sugar into a medium-sized saucepan, then zest 2 lemons over.

Mix in with a whisk, cover and leave the sugar to absorb all the flavour of the lemon zest (this can be prepared the day before and left overnight in the fridge, which is even better).

Stage 3 - 1 hour
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Blind bake the tart case made with 300 g Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée).

Stage 4 - 3 min.
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Take the pan containing the sugar and lemon zest. Add 150 g egg, the juice of both lemons and mix with a whisk.

Stage 5
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Put the pan on low heat and stir constantly...

Stage 6 - 6 min.
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...until the mixture thickens.

Stage 7 - 2 min.
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Pour the hot filling mixture through a fine sieve into the bowl with the butter...

Stage 8 - 5 min.
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...and push through the sieve with a soft spatula, leaving only the lemon zest, which can be discarded.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
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Mix the butter thoroughly into the lemon mixture.

Stage 10 - 2 min.
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Finish with a quick blitz from a blender to give a smooth, creamy lemon filling.

Stage 11 - 3 min.
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Pour the filling into the tart case while it is still hot. Smooth the top if necessary and refrigerate until serving.

Stage 12
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If you would like to add a touch of decoration, cut 3 or 4 slices of lemon (a mandolin is the ideal tool for this).

Stage 13
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Candy the lemon slices by simmering in 100 g caster sugar with 100 g water for 15 minutes.

Stage 14
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Arrange the lemon slices around the top of the tart.

Remarks

Using the same basic idea, you can make this tart with other citrus fruit: lime, grapefruit, orange, etc.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,925 Kcal or 16,433 Kj44 gr373 gr255 gr
196 %17 %35 %39 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
327 Kcal or 1,369 Kj4 gr31 gr21 gr
16 %1 %3 %3 %
Per tart
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
3,925 Kcal or 16,433 Kj44 gr373 gr255 gr
196 %17 %35 %39 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Source

Home made.

More recipes?

This recipe uses (among others)
Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée)Sweetcrust pastry (pâte sablée): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pear, grapefruit and pistachio tart, Exotic fruit tart, Plum tart "En passant par la Lorraine", Tarte Jurassienne, Pear tart with almond cream, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Rillettes stuffed mushrooms, Clarified butter, Gratin Parmentier, Pesto crackers, Eggs en Cocotte à la Française, ... All
EggEgg: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Tomato tatin, Pistachio tiramisu, Croque-monsieur complet, Elsa's Comtoise galette, Pistachio custard tart, ... All
Caster sugarCaster sugar: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Apple Tatin Terrine, Poaching syrup, Peach and verbena feuilleté, Tart Tatin, Almond macaroon cake, ... All

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