Classic Lemon Tart


  • Prep Time25 mins
  • Total Time1 hr 15 mins
  • Makes12 Servings
Classic Lemon Tart

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Chatelaine Triple Tested

Tart and tangy but still deliciously sweet, this impressive dessert is creamy, delicate and oh so easy!


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

  • 1 tbsp lemon zest, about 1 lemon

  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

  • 1 egg yolk


  • 2 eggs

  • 5 egg yolks

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/3 cup 35% cream

  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice, about 3 lemons

  • icing sugar, for dusting


  • POSITION rack in bottom of oven. Preheat to 350F. Combine flour with sugar and lemon zest in a food processor and whirl until mixed. Add butter and egg yolk. Whirl just until crumbs start to clump together, about 1 min. Transfer dough to centre of a 9-in. tart pan with 1 1/8-in. sides and a removable bottom. Press dough from middle of pan to edges. Using fingertips, press dough up edges of pan until even with rim. Line pastry with a large sheet of parchment paper. Fill with dried beans or pie weights to hold pastry in place while it bakes. Place tart pan on a baking sheet. Bake on bottom rack 25 min.

  • WHISK eggs and egg yolks with sugar in a large bowl until mixed. Whisk in cream, then lemon juice. After crust has baked 25 min, remove parchment and beans. Pour filling through a sieve into crust. Return tart (on baking sheet) to bottom rack and bake until edges of filling start to bubble and centre looks smooth, 30 min. Filling should jiggle a bit when pan is lightly shaken. Cool completely on a rack. Refrigerate at least 1 hour to set filling. To unmold tart, rest pan on an overturned bowl and let rim slip away from base. Loosen tart from the base with a thin metal spatula. Sift icing sugar overtop just before serving. Will keep well, refrigerated, up to 2 days.


Use the bottom of a large measuring cup to evenly press dough for crust.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 256, Protein 4g, Carbohydrates 30g, Fat 14g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 18mg.

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