Zesty Lemon Tart

Let’s make some!

4 min readJul 17, 2023
Photo by Bakingamoment

The origin of lemon tart can be traced back to Europe, particularly France and England.

In France, lemon tarts are known as "tarte au citron," a classic dessert that has become a staple in French patisseries. The French are renowned for their exquisite pastry-making skills, and the lemon tart showcases their artistry with its delicate crust and tangy lemon filling.

The English, on the other hand, have their own version known as "lemon curd tart." Lemon curd, a smooth and creamy citrus filling, is prominently used in these tarts. English lemon tarts are often served as a traditional treat during afternoon tea or special occasions.

The exact origin of lemon tart is not definitively known, but it is believed to have emerged sometime during the 19th century. The use of lemons in desserts became more widespread during this period, thanks to increased trade and availability of citrus fruits.

Over time, lemon tarts have gained popularity across the globe due to their delightful combination of sweet and tangy flavors. They have become a favorite dessert for many, with variations and adaptations found in various cuisines and cultures.

Lemon tart's appeal lies in its simplicity and versatility. The zingy lemon filling paired with a buttery crust creates a harmonious balance of flavors that is both refreshing and indulgent.

Whether enjoyed as a light and airy dessert on a summer's day or as a comforting treat during the colder months, lemon tart continues to be loved and appreciated by dessert enthusiasts worldwide.

So, the next time you savor a slice of this citrusy goodness, take a moment to appreciate the French and English influences behind its creation. Enjoy its rich history and the burst of lemony flavors that make it such a delightful dessert!

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Without further ado, let’s get to it!


For the crust:
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar
- ½ cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed

For the filling:
- 4 large eggs
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup heavy cream
- Optional: powdered sugar for dusting


1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a 9-inch tart pan. Sprinkle a little flour on the greased surface and tap it to remove any excess. Set it aside for now.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour and powdered sugar for the crust. Add in the cold, cubed butter, and using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, mix everything together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. This will form the buttery goodness that holds our tart together.

3. Press the crust mixture into the prepared tart pan, making sure to evenly cover the bottom and sides. Use the back of a spoon or your fingers to firmly press it in.

4. Bake the crust in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes, or until it turns a light golden brown. Once done, take it out and let it cool while we prepare the filling.

5. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and granulated sugar until well combined. Add in the lemon zest, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and heavy cream. Give it a good whisk until the mixture becomes smooth and slightly frothy.

6. Pour the lemony filling into the cooled tart crust, ensuring that it's spread evenly.

7. Carefully place the tart back into the oven and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is set and slightly jiggly in the center.

8. Once baked to perfection, remove the tart from the oven and let it cool completely.

9. Once cooled, dust the top of the tart with a light sprinkle of powdered sugar for an extra touch of sweetness and elegance.

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This zesty lemon tart is a wonderful treat to enjoy on its own or serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a perfect finishing touch. Share this delightful dessert with friends and family!

Enjoy your dessert!

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