Basic Lemon Tart

    50 minutes

    For such a tasty dessert lemon tarts are a surprisingly easy recipe to make, this is basic version that uses fresh lemons for best flavour.

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    Serves: 12 

    • Pastry
    • 75g butter
    • 4 tablespoons icing sugar
    • 125g plain flour
    • Lemon Filling
    • 3 eggs
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 tablespoon finely zested lemon rind
    • 4 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 3 tablespoons plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons icing sugar for dusting

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
    2. Pastry: Beat the butter when soft add the icing sugar and continue to beat until well combined. Add the flour and continue to beat until it resembles crumbs then knead into a dough.
    3. Pat dough evenly into a 23cm tart tin then poke the bottom evenly with a fork and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until golden.
    4. Lemon Filling: Combine eggs, caster sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and flour then mix until smooth.
    5. Pour mixture into the hot pastry case and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until filling is firm.
    6. Let cool completely in tin then dust with icing sugar to serve.

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    Very easy to make but I think I missed something as it turned out very thin and not very lemony and a little on the chewy side. Possibly didn't adjust the oven temps correctly for fan-forced.  -  07 Jan 2013


    Love this recipe. Makes a quick, cheap and easy dessert using a bought pastry case.  -  07 Jul 2014


    I didn't make the crust (used my own recipe!) but made a great chocolate filling for my tart based off this recipe (I hade a firm request for chocolate from my boyfriend)! I substituted coffee for the lemon juice and cocoa powder for the flour. Whisked and it was a perfect texture! Tasty and EASY! (I garnished with dark chocolate shavings and a bit of confectioners sugar). Thanks for the inspiration and can't wait to try the original lemon!  -  19 Jul 2017