Lemon tart

Lemon tart

  • serves 8
  • A little effort

Try our perfect lemon tart, decorated with candied lemon. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to cut through the tartness.


Serve this lemon tart for a refreshing dessert, then check out our lemon meringue pielemon and lime tart, key lime pie and more sweet tart recipes.



lemon and vanilla sweet pastry

  • unsalted butter 150g, cubed
  • golden icing sugar 95g
  • ground almonds 30g
  • vanilla pod 1, seeds only
  • unwaxed lemon 1, zest finely grated
  • egg 1, beaten
  • OO flour or superfine plain flour 250g

lemon filling

  • eggs 6 large (4 whole, 2 yolks only)
  • golden caster sugar 175g
  • lemons 3 large, plus
  • lime 1, juiced to make 150ml altogether
  • double cream 200ml


  • Step 1

    To make the pastry, beat the butter in a food processor until soft. Add the icing sugar, almonds, a pinch of salt, vanilla seeds, zest, egg and flour. Pulse until the pastry has just formed a ball. Wrap in cling film, flatten lightly into a round disc and chill for at least an hour.

  • Step 2

    Butter a deep 23cm loose-based tart tin. Lightly flour a cold work surface and roll the pastry to a disc about 30cm. If this is difficult, roll it between two large sheets of clingfilm, chilling it if it starts to stick, then rolling again.

    Peel the top layer of film off, invert the pastry into the tin. Press very gently into the sides and trim any excess pastry leaving a 2cm overhang. Leftovers can be used to patch up any cracks in the pastry. Chill until firm.

  • Step 3

    Heat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4. Line the pastry case with greaseproof paper, fill with baking beans and blind bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven, remove paper and beans and trim excess pastry. Brush the pastry with beaten egg white (left over from the filling) then bake for 5 minutes. Cool.

  • Step 4

    For the filling, whisk the eggs and sugar until smooth. Add lemon, lime juice and cream. Whisk. Pour through a fine sieve into a jug.

  • Step 5

    Turn the oven down to 130c/fan 110c/gas 1. Return the pastry to the oven on a baking tray and pour in the lemon filling. Bake for 35 minutes until very gently set. Turn the oven off and allow the tart to cool completely in the oven. Decorate with candied lemon.

    *+ chilling + cooking time

Find more lemon dessert inspiration, ideas and recipes here. We have plenty of lemon cake recipes, as well as plenty of sweet treats and puddings.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 653
  • Fat 37.2g
  • Saturates 19.1g
  • Carbs 74.1g
  • Fibre 1.3g
  • Protein 9.9g
  • Salt 0.17g