Classic lemon tart

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


( 90 ratings )

Preparation time:
25 minutes
Total time:
1 hour 15 minutes
12 Servings
Angus Fergusson

Classic lemon tart.
Photo, Angus Fergusson.


  • 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
  • egg yolk


  • eggs
  • egg yolks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup 35% cream
  • 2/3 cup 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.

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

Nutrition (per Serving)

30 g
14 g
18 mg

One comment on “Classic lemon tart

  1. Tried this recipe some time ago and it was delicious. I lost the recipe and am very happy to have found it again.


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