Lemon Tart with Olive Oil

March  7, 2011
5 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Serves 6
What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons delicate-tasting olive oil
  • Juice of 3 organic lemons
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 ounces sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 2 ounces butter
  • 2 tablespoons delicate-tasting olive oil
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine butter, sugar, almonds, salt, and 2 Tbsp flour using a pastry scraper.
  2. When the mixture is well combined, add the remaining flour, egg yolk, and olive oil. Mix again with scraper until it forms a smooth ball.
  3. With your fingers, press the dough as evenly as possible into a tart pan with removable bottom. Press the dough above the sides of the pan and cut off excess with rolling pin (roll it across the top).
  4. Bake the pastry in a 425 degree oven until lightly browned ~ 10 minutes.
  5. Make the filling: in a saucepan, whisk together all of the ingredients forth filling except the butter and olive oil. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly to lighten the mixture, until thickened.
  6. Off the heat, add the butter in pieces and whisk until melted. Add the olive oil and whisk until combined.
  7. Pour the filling into the cooled crust and place in refrigerator to set for at least one hour.

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3 Reviews

Rebecca September 9, 2017
I used a tart pan that measured 9.5" dia. and 1" high. I only had small lemons so used 4 instead of 3. Because I like a more tart lemony flavor, and most desserts are to sweet for me, I cut the sugar to 4 oz. and it thickened with no problem. I may top with fresh blueberries. I'm very pleased with the results. Hope my guests agree.
Rachel July 12, 2017
Hi there - what size tart pan should be used?
tamater S. June 7, 2012
Tried to ask this on the designated question section, but it's not working (or perhaps I did something wrong). But any way, here it is:

For the juice of 3 lemons, can you give me an idea in tablespoons or ounces? The lemons I can get around here fluctuate wildly on size and juicy-ness.

Thanks in advance.