Lemon Curd Tart with Almond Crust

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Author Notes: When the pressure’s on to make something special for a party, this Lemon Curd Tart is my secret weapon. The sweet, tart, lemon curd filling is refreshing and light, the ground almond in the crust gives it a wonderful nutty fragrance, and the presentation has wow-factor. Serve up a slice with some berries and whipped cream, or honey ice cream and prepare for praises!

Tips: When crumbling the dough on top, I like to leave some space around the bits of dough so that you can see the lemon curd in spots. Therefore, I find that I usually have enough dough in this recipe to make a little mini tart on the side – a treat for the cook!

Also, if you have the time, make a second batch of lemon curd to jar and store in your fridge. That will cut down prep time in case you ever want to make a lemon tart spur of the moment!

Note: This recipe is adapted from The Berry Bible’s Lemon Curd Cake recipe, by Janie Hibler
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Serves 8

Lemon Curd Filling

  • juice of 2 large lemons (approximately 1/4 cup)
  • zest of 2 large lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (cut into 1-inch pieces)
  • 2 large eggs, beaten (room temperature)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Place lemon zest, juice, sugar, butter, eggs, and vanilla in the top of a double boiler (alternately, place in a bowl that fits over a pot of simmering water; the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water).
  2. Stir the mixture constantly until the curd is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (8-10 minutes).
  3. Remove the bowl and set aside to cool.

Almond Crust

  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (chilled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Butter an 11-inch tart pan (with removable bottom) and line the bottom with parchment paper.
  3. Place the butter, flour, sugar, and almond meal in a food processor, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Add the almond extract and eggs, and process until mixture forms a soft dough.
  5. Press two thirds of the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, forming a crust about ¼-inch in thickness.
  6. Spread the lemon curd on top.
  7. Crumble pieces of the remaining dough over the curd layer. As I mentioned in the headnotes, I like to leave some space around the bits of dough so that you can see the lemon curd in spots. I usually end up with some leftover dough.
  8. Bake in 350 F oven until golden brown, about 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from pan.
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almost 4 years ago lapadia

Mouthwatering, love crumbling some of the dough on top.

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over 3 years ago Lick My Spoon

thanks so much! i love the dough dollops on top :) so you can see some of the curd through...