Lemon Tart

Last weekend I had the privilege to cook for my in laws.. Now this was the first time in 10 years that I had and I was pretty nervous! After a mad call to my sister in law on how long I should cook a leg of lamb for {yes really!} I was all set for them to arrive..

I had made a Lemon Tart for dessert with the help of my friend the previous day, which came out a treat and went down really well.. I thought I would share there recipe with you all..

Ingredients

375g All Butter Shortcrust Pastry
4 Unwaxed Lemons
170g unsalted butter, cubed
5 Large Eggs,
1 large or medium Egg yolk, beaten
220g unrefined, golden caster sugar

You will also need:

23cm tart tin
Baking beans (or use uncooked rice or dried beans)

Method

  1. Roll the pastry between 2 sheets of clingfilm to a thickness of 2mm. It should be 33cm in size – 10cm wider than the tart case. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Peel off the clingfilm, roll the pastry around a rolling pin, lift it over a 23cm tart case and unroll it so the edges hang over the sides. Press the pastry to fit the tin leaving the edges overhanging to trim after baking (this will ensure the tart case is unaffected by the pastry shrinking). Prick with a fork and leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Take a sheet of parchment larger than the tart tin, scrunch it up and lay over the pastry (this will make it easier to fit into the edges of the tart). Place baking beans on top and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the parchment and beans and return the tart to the oven for 10 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before running a knife around the tin edge to remove the excess pastry. Carefully lift the tart case out of the tin and place on a serving plate.
  4. Zest 3 of the lemons and reserve.  Roll all 4 of the lemons on a work surface with the palm of your hand (to release more juice). Juice them and measure out 150ml.
  5. Place the zest, juice, butter, eggs, yolk and sugar in a saucepan over a low-medium heat and stir continuously for 10-15 minutes (do not allow to simmer) until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.  Increase the heat a little and stir until it begins to simmer; simmer for 5 seconds, so that the filling thickens, then remove from the heat.  Pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl.  Cover with clingfilm to avoid a skin forming.  Place the bowl in the fridge to cool for 30 minutes.
  6. When cold, pour the lemon filling into the centre of the tart allowing the lemon curd to flow evenly to the edges. Place in the fridge for at least 1 hour or until set, before serving with crème fraîche and fresh raspberries.

I have to admit to some downfalls whilst making this.. I originally made the pastry far to thin and when I took it out of the oven I put my finger through it and left a huge gapping whole in the case, so I had to make a mad dash to the shops and re-do the pastry case.. It came out a little thick the second time, but It was better than the first! If you are really clever then you could make your own pastry, but I just couldn’t be bothered with the faff of it all!

I wish I had taken photo’s but I completely forgot!

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