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Overhead image of a lemon tart set on parchment paper with powdered sugar and berries scattered around it

Classic Lemon Tart

  • Author: Lauren
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour + 3 ½ hours chilling time
  • Yield: one 9-inch tart (8 servings) 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: French


A sweet-tart lemon curd filling floods a cookie-like crust to create a simple yet stunning dessert perfect for any occasion.


  • ¼ cup lemon zest
  • ½ cup lemon juice (4 lemons)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 7 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup honey
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 4 pieces and chilled
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 fully baked 9-inch tart crust
  • Berries (optional)
  • Confectioners' sugar (optional)


Heat oven to 375ºF with rack set in middle position.

Whisk lemon juice, lemon zest, egg and yolks, honey, and pinch salt in medium saucepan until smooth. Add butter and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with rubber spatula, until mixture thickens and registers 170ºF 6–8 minutes.

Immediately pour mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into bowl and stir in cream.

Pour warm lemon curd into cooled 9-inch tart crust. Set tart on baking sheet and bake until filling is shiny and opaque and center jiggles slightly when shaken, 10–15 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.

Transfer tart with baking sheet to wire rack and let cool completely, about 2 hours.

To serve, remove outer metal ring of pan, slide a thin spatula between tart and tart pan bottom, and carefully slide tart onto serving platter.

Top with berries and dust with confectioners’ sugar, if using.


The curd recipe calls for large eggs, but depending on the size of your eggs the yield may differ. To ensure you have enough filling adjust as needed. (1 medium egg = 1.75 oz.; 1 large egg = 2 oz.; 1 extra-large egg = 2.25 oz.; 1 jumbo egg = 2.5 oz.)

DO NOT use the convection setting on your oven when baking tarts. This will cause the tart crust to burn. 

Store tart in the refrigerator covered with plastic for up to 3 days.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 388
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Sodium: 183mg
  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 14g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 304mg

Keywords: Lemon tart, lemon curd tart, lemon tart recipe, homemade lemon tart

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