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The Best Lemon Tart Ever Recipe

The Best Lemon Tart Ever

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"Very lemony-flavored with a shortbread crust; to die for! You can make smaller slices and tart can yield 16. Very decadent!"

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Original recipe makes 1 9-inch tart Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    35 mins

    1 hr 20 mins


  1. Combine butter, 1/2 cup sugar, vanilla extract, and salt in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer; mix ingredients thoroughly with a paddle attachment. Mix flour into butter mixture to make a smooth dough. Press dough into a 9-inch tart pan; refrigerate crust for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Bake crust until light golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Whisk sugar, eggs, lemon zest, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup flour in a bowl until smooth. Pour lemon filling into crust. Cover edges of crust with strips of aluminum foil to prevent burning.
  5. Bake tart until filling is set, about 20 minutes. Cool completely and dust with confectioners' sugar.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 07, 2013

Tangy and delicious! Let me start with the crust which is sent from the bakery Gods to give us an idea of what heaven is like. This crust is crazy easy to make and tastes just like a shortbread cookie. It puffs up a bit when it cooks, but shrinks back down as it cools. It was hard not to eat it alone! The filling is a nice balance to the crust. It is very tart (much more so than a lemon meringue....think lemon bar from the bakery), which I love. I will make this again but I would blend the sugar up in a processor first to make it a finer grain and help it dissolve better. It was pretty grainy, so I found I had to whisk the filling for quite a while to get most of the sugar blended in. Also, FYI the pie did not set in the oven! The recipe says to cook it until set, so I had it in for almost 35 minutes. But it actually did not set until it cooled. When it does, its a very pretty presentation (see photo). I sprinkled with confectioners sugar and topped with homemade whipped cream and homemade raspberry sorbet. Perfect after an Italian meal. Thanks so much ChefChristi!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 01, 2015

10 minutes after I put it in the oven the filling had boiled over. A complete mess inside my oven. THUMBS DOWN


46 Ratings

May 02, 2013

Lovely, beautiful, yummy, delicious were among the few comments I received when I brought this lemon tart to morning tea at Uni this morning. Everyone raved about it and I had 2 request for the recipe and of course I told them I got it from here. Love the mix of tangy, sweet and crunch and yes I agree with AZ93, the crust itself, on its own, is yummy :D. I also love the fact that the filling doesn't have cream in it for personal reasons but, if you do prefer it to be creamy, you can always add a dollop of whipped cream on top of it. This recipe is definitely a keeper. Thanks, ChefChristi1221 :)

Mar 31, 2013

Very good and super easy. I made it exactly as per the recipe except my tart pan is 11 inches. It worked out great, crust was nice and thick and the filling set fine in the oven for me in 20 minutes.

Jun 17, 2013

I double this recipe and bake it in a large 9x13 pan, and extend the baking time. Delicious!

Feb 23, 2014

Absolutely perfect combination of sweet and sour! Love how lemony this is, I'll try this next with a brown sugar meringue, but the dusting of icing sugar was great too. The only thing I did was to reduce cooking time on the tart crust, and increase cooking time on the filled tart. I've made this 3 times now and the filling didn't set any of the times without adding about 10 mins. The tart crust got just a tad overdone this way, so I'd reduce the baking time slightly when baking the shell.

Apr 25, 2015

Great recipe, loved by all who have eaten the 20 or so that I've made. I use 2/3 of the crust recipe to even out the pie dough in the pie pan. I use the side of my fingers to nudge the material into place to get even thickness where the sides meet the bottom. 113 grams (1/2 cup) butter - instead of 3/4 in the recipe 67 grams (1/3 cup) granulated sugar 129 grams flour (this is 2/3 of 1 3/4 cups) Healthy pinch of salt 1/2 - 1 tsp vanilla Shave chilled butter with a cheese grater into sugar. Mix with pastry blender, add vanilla and salt, then flour. Use the pastry blender. Press into the pie pan with your hands to feel a uniform thickness, only 2/3 up the side of the pan otherwise the shortbread will break up. I chill the crust for at least 45 minutes. Heat the oven to 350 and bake the crust for 15-18 minutes on the lower rack. Let the crust chill before baking with the filling in it. No modifications to filling, except more lemon zest to kick it up a notch. Bake 30 minutes. Cool overnight. Get ready to be loved.

Feb 23, 2015

I only used the recipe for the filling and found that it was not that tart and tangy. Was rather sweet for my taste. Also, it did not come out all that yellow and lemon tart looking at all! Try another recipe if you can...


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  • Calories
  • 507 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 78.8 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 116 mg
  • 39%
  • Fat
  • 19.5 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 6.2 g
  • 12%
  • Sodium
  • 150 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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