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Lemon Tart Recipe For Mini-Tarts And Regular Tarts

Updated on August 16, 2012

Lemon Tarts and Lemon Curd Tarts

This is a recipe that is extremely versatile and not hard to make whether you use prepared lemon curd or you make your own from scratch (see recipe below).

I will give some ideas on how to improvise and make variations to the recipe depending on how you want the final product to turn out - mini-tarts, 4-inch tarts, or one 9-inch tart. Either way, they are like lemon meringue pies but with a different crust.

No matter which way you make them, they are sure to be delicious!


RECIPE FOR CREAM CHEESE TART SHELLS


This is the recipe I use most often and find it to be relatively easy and foolproof for any kind of tart - I will give a variation though for the almond crust which sounds equally delicious from Cooking Light magazine.

You could use this recipe to make eight 4-inch tarts or if you do not have 4-inch tart pans, it would make a wonderful 9-inch tart. Or you could divide this up and make 24 mini-tarts using a muffin pan and a tart tool. Make sure that you watch the tarts for browning, however, as they will brown differently according to the size pan. You want the tart shells to be just set and nicely golden.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)



DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine the softened butter and cream cheese in a small bowl or in the prep bowl of your upright mixer. Beat the butter and cream cheese until smooth either by upright mixer or with hand beater.
  2. Add the flour and salt and mix until a soft dough forms.
  3. Cover the dough and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Spray tart pan(s) lightly with cooking spray.
  6. If you are making eight 4-inch tarts, divide the dough evenly into 8 pieces and press into bottom and up sides of the 8 pans. Using a tart tool also helps to keep the thickness even.
  7. If you are making 24 mini-tarts, pinch off and roll dough into 1-inch balls and place 24 pieces into mini-muffin tin for 24 that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Flatten each 1-inch ball using the tart tool or using fingers to press into the bottom and up sides of mini-muffin tin.
  8. If you are making one 9-inch tart, press the dough into the bottom and up sides of a 9-inch tart pan lightly sprayed with cooking spray.
  9. NOTE: If you find that the dough is a bit too thick in the tart pans, you can adjust to suit - using less dough and saving remaining dough for another use or more tarts.
  10. Bake the tart shells for 5-10 minutes but watch them carefully as they can brown too quickly and you want them to be just set and lightly golden.
  11. Cool on rack.

Recipe for Almond Tart Shells

This recipe can be used to make eight 4-inch tarts or if you do not have 4-inch tart pans, it will make a lovely 9-inch tart.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup blanched almonds
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 36 vanilla wafers
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • Cooking spray

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a food processor, combine the almonds, brown sugar and vanilla wafers and process until they are ground into a fine meal.
  3. While the motor is running, take the melted butter and drizzle that into the food chute and process until blended.
  4. Spray tart pans with cooking spray. If making 4-inch tarts, use about 1/4 cup of the crumb mixture per tart and press the crumbs into the bottom and up sides of the tart pans (x8) that have been coated with the cooking spray. (If making one 9-inch tart, press all the crumb mixture onto the bottom and up the sides of the 9-inch tart pan coated with cooking spray.)
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes or until toasted.
  6. Cool on rack.
  7. Proceed on to filling.

 

Lemon Filling for Tarts

The recipe in Cooking Light suggests using lemon curd purchased which works great.  It saves time on the preparation and assures a good set curd.  However, I will also include a recipe for lemon curd that you can prepare and use as well.  I have made it before and it works quite well to make it from scratch and is just as delicious.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 jar of lemon curd (10 ounces)
  • 3 large egg whites (or equivalent egg white substitute)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. Spoon the lemon curd evenly into the crusts (whichever you are using, 4-inch, 9-inch, or the mini-tart crusts/cream cheese or almond).  Set these aside.
  3. In a mixer bowl, add the egg whites and salt to the bowl and mix at high speed until there are soft peaks forming. 
  4. Mix the sugar and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan and bring this to a boil.
  5. Boil until a candy thermometer registers 250 degrees.
  6. Pour this hot candy syrup as a thin stream into the egg whites and beat until stiff peaks form.
  7. Spread the egg mixture over the tarts.
  8. Broil for 30 seconds or until lightly brown - but keep a close eye to avoid over-browning.

How To Make A Lemon Tart With Fruit

How To Make Lemon Curd

You can make the curd up to 2 weeks before you are ready to use it.  Keep refrigerated.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 4 lemons juiced and zested (room temperature lemons yield more juice)
  • 1 cube of butter cut into slices and chilled

DIRECTIONS

  1. Use a medium saucepan and fill it just enough so that there is about 1 inch of water in the pan.
  2. Bring this to a simmer over medium-high heat.
  3. Combine the egg yolks and sugar in a medium sized metal bowl and whisk this until smooth (about 1 minute).
  4. Measure the lemon juice and if needed, add enough cold water to the lemon juice to equal 1/3 liquid cup.
  5. Add juice/water mixture and lemon zest to the egg mixture and whisk this until smooth.
  6. Once your water has reached simmering, reduce heat to low and place the bowl on top of the saucepan (so you are steaming the lemon mixture). The bowl should be large enough to fit on top of the saucepan WITHOUT touching the water.
  7. Whisk until the lemon mixture thickens up (approximately 8 minutes) or until mixture is light yellow and coats the back of a spoon.
  8. Remove immediately from heat and stir in the butter, 1 piece at a time.  Allow each new piece of butter to melt before adding the next.  Keep stirring. 
  9. Remove mixture and place in a clean container. 
  10. Cover with a piece of plastic wrap DIRECTLY on the surface of the curd.
  11. Store in refrigerator and use for up to 2 weeks.

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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for the read Seafarer - glad you liked~

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      Karen A Szklany 

      7 years ago from New England

      These recipes are timeless...and so refreshing during the summer. Thanks for sharing! Very attractively laid-out hub. :0)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Me too Lulu Sue - glad you enjoyed~

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      LULU SUE1987 

      7 years ago

      I love anything lemon and these deserts sound so good.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Me too, Gigi - hope you like!

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      Gigi Thibodeau 

      7 years ago

      Wonderful recipes! I adore lemons, and those look wonderful. I think I need to make a tart this week! :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Good deal, Anamika - I think you'll find that they are easy and delish! You can 'cheat' and buy tart shells premade too and that saves a lot of time.

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      Anamika S Jain 

      7 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      I absolutely love lemon tarts and normally buys it. Thanks for the recipe I will try to make it at home now!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      7 years ago from Washington

      Listlady, I hear you on the cooking this time of year - I tell myself to stop but it's hard to do! Glad someone else can get something good out of the recipes!!

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      TheListLady 

      7 years ago from New York City

      Oh, excellent. As we get into fall then winter I must visit and bookmark all your excellent baking hubs. If I am going to weigh 800 pounds by next spring - I want it to be worthwhile.

      Thanks a million and rated up! Woo Hoo!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks so much Gina for stopping by! I like most of all to take a 'classic' and revamp it so that it is healthier. Cooking Light magazine or their website is a great place to find ideas and recipes as well!

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      Gina Kensington - Fresh Fruit 

      8 years ago

      Outstanding hub on the advantages of consuming Lemon Tarts. It was very enlightening. Now i am searching for several healthy diet techniques. I've read the Accai berry also does miracles. Hope to see more of your posts.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Anamika - thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you love them - I sure do!

    • Anamika S profile image

      Anamika S Jain 

      8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

      That looks yummy! I have never tried lemon tarts at home. Thanks for sharing!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for reading and glad to be of help in explaining it.

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      StricktlyDating 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Yummm! I love these receipe's! Thanks for making it seem so simple (I'm not the most experienced cook). Best wishes!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Coincidentally - my husband too - you are welcome - they are wonderful! Thanks so much for stopping by - Audrey

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      Christine Mulberry 

      8 years ago

      My husband l-o-v-e-s these things, thanks for the recipe.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      I think so too! Thanks for stopping in - Audrey

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      Patti Ann 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Mmmm!! These sound delicious. Can't wait to try them - they will be great for the holidays.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks and hope you enjoy them. Audrey

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      the rope 

      8 years ago

      Sounds wonderful! I'm adding these to my recipe files. Can't wait to try them. Thanks for sharing.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks guys - I love lemon but these are just about the right size and tartness....glad you liked them...Audrey

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      sweetie1 

      8 years ago from India

      Mouth watering dishes..i bookmarked this page and i am going to try it some time

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      europewalker 

      8 years ago

      These recipes make my mouthwater! I love lemon.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thank you - I love lemon anything so hope you like it too! Thanks for stopping in - Audrey

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      This is absolutely mouthwatering - lemon does it!

      What a treat! Thanks for great recipes - I'll bookmark and try!

      Thanks so much!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks - killer time of year for recipes! I'm in my element...as if I did not have enough recipes.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Theses sound awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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