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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 - Lick My Spoon
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
- 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).
- Stir the mixture constantly until the curd is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (8-10 minutes).
- Remove the bowl and set aside to cool.
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (chilled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 3/4 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 large eggs (room temperature)
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Butter an 11-inch tart pan (with removable bottom) and line the bottom with parchment paper.
- Place the butter, flour, sugar, and almond meal in a food processor, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Add the almond extract and eggs, and process until mixture forms a soft dough.
- Press two thirds of the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, forming a crust about ¼-inch in thickness.
- Spread the lemon curd on top.
- 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.
- Bake in 350 F oven until golden brown, about 40-50 minutes. Allow to cool before removing from pan.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Late Winter Tart (Sweet or Savory)