Lemon Tart Recipe has a classic sweet-tart lemon curd filling with a not-so-classic almond shortbread crust, served with mascarpone cream. Read on for step by step instructions, and to learn what “par baking” is, some lemon filling options, and what exactly is curd.
Hello my friends. We all hold a special place in our hearts for the lemon tart. We're making a lemon tart recipe to commemorate all the get-togethers out on the terrace or patio. Of course, you're familiar with the classic creamy, citric tart (tarte au citron). Still, if you're not, we're talking about a buttery pie crust filled with creamy, custardy, and tangy filling aromatized with lemon zest and lemon juice.
This one won’t be a regular tart. Today we’re making a not-so-classic lemon tart recipe; we’re baking a lemon tart with an almond shortbread crust. Close your eyes and picture a lemony, luscious, and not too sweet filling, poured over chewy yet buttery texture from the almond shortbread crust, beautifully decorated with piped Mascarpone cream. That’s food for the soul right there.
The almond crust is crumbly, buttery, and nutty, and contrasts with the creamy and tart filling nicely. The almond shortbread crust makes all the difference because an almond-scented crust made with flour, sliced almonds, and almond extract is wonderfully crackling and nutty. It gives this tart an added textural dimension. For this tart, we par baked the crust. What does that mean? I’ll let you know.
3 Steps To Make This Lemon Tart Recipe:
- Make the almond shortbread crust - Photo instructions ahead.
- Make the lemon curd or buy already made lemon curd like this one in our shop 😊.
- Bake the lemon tart
Then as an option, you can add toppings like the mascarpone cream, whipped cream, lemon candy, lemon slices, or just dust it with powdered sugar.
What is a Par Baked Pie Crust (Blind Baking)?
Par Baking means that you will partially bake an empty pie crust without a filling. You will typically par-bake a pie crust if the filling that you are using takes less time to bake than the crust. Blind baking a pie crust also prevents soggy pie bottoms. Some of the pies with par-baked shells are quiches and this Époisses Ham Apple Tart, custard pies, and cream pies such as chocolate cream pie, banana cream pie, coconut cream pie, pumpkin pie, and this lemon tart recipe.
The almond shortbread crust recipe is a bit tricky as there are many elements involved, but most of the work is done for you by your food processor. You’ll need a bit of patience to spread the dough in your mold though, but put on some music, and you’ll soon realize it’s really soothing!
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Here is a collage with the different steps for this almond shortbread crust.
All the hard work is worth it once you see your bright yellow lemon tart coming out of the oven. You have plenty of options for decorating it including Mascarpone cream, whipped cream, creme fraiche, or even just lemon slices.
What’s a Lemon Tart Recipe without Lemon?
I haven’t talked to you yet about the most important ingredient in this lemon tart... lemons.
Most of the citrus aromas will come from a whole tablespoon of grated lemon zest, but classic lemon tarts are also flavored with lemon juice. This citrus filling is bursting with fresh lemon flavor. There are three ways to get this done.
- Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest mixture. This is the method in a traditional French style lemon tart recipe.
- L’Epicurien Lemon Curd . This is a super easy yet flavorful shortcut. The only thing you need to make is the crust, or if you want something quick and super easy, just buy a frozen crust at the store, and you will have a lemon tart in no time.
- Amoretti Natural Lemon Artisan Flavor. The Amoretti flavoring gives the tart a charming, rather Sicilian personality that pairs nicely with the crust’s almond flavor.
You’ll be all right if you use really ripe lemons. However, we want to provide in our recipes different options of how you can make them if you don’t have the exact ingredient. At the end of the day, a lemon tart is an act of love. You really have to put your heart into it. The result is not just a perfect summer dessert, but it also gives a genuine sense of achievement for cook aficionados and home bakers.
What is Curd?
Curd is a fruit dessert spread usually used to spread on baked goods or toast instead of jams. Also, you can use it as a filling for pies, cakes, pastries, or tarts. You can use it to top pancakes, waffles, cheesecake, or muffins. Curd usually is made with citrus fruit or other fruits and flavors like pistachio.
Lemon curd's ingredients are egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and zest, which are gently cooked together until thick and then mixed with lots of butter to make it rich and creamy. When is cools, it forms a thick, soft, smooth, delicious spread.
I love any desserts with citrus flavors, and this is why this not-so-traditional French-style lemon tart is a favorite in our house. The luscious lemon curd filling is delicious with the chewy yet crumbly, buttery texture of the almond shortbread crust.
Ready? Let’s make ourselves this gorgeous lemon tart with almond shortbread crust.
I hope you get a chance to make this lemon tart recipe. When you make it, tag @Spoonabilities on Instagram so we can find you! And we love to hear from you in the comment section below.
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