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Recipe for tarte au citron

PUBLISHED: 12:22 15 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:37 15 June 2016

This tangy tarte au citron makes fresh summer dessert ©Thinkstock / margouillatphotos

This tangy tarte au citron makes fresh summer dessert ©Thinkstock / margouillatphotos


What better way to round off a dinner party than with the classic French dessert tarte au citron? Make your own delicious lemon tart with this recipe

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 1hr 20minutes, plus three hours chilling


225g sweet shortcrust pastry, home-made or shop-bought

5 eggs

190g caster sugar

250ml double cream

3 lemons, zested and juiced


Pre-heat the oven to 200ºC and grease a 20cm tart tin

Roll out the pastry and place over the tin. Press it down into the sides and let the excess hang over the edges. Prick the base with a fork, line with greaseproof paper and baking beans or uncooked rice, and cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown

Meanwhile, make the filling:

Whisk the eggs and mix in the sugar. Stir in the cream and lemon juice, sieve the mixture and then add the zest

Take the tart from the oven, remove the greaseproof paper and the baking beans or uncooked rice, and return to the oven for five minutes

Turn the heat down to 150ºC and pour the lemon mixture into the tart case. Bake for about an hour, or until the filling is just set and the pastry is golden-brown.

Remove tart from the oven and trim off the overhanging pastry. Leave the tart to cool completely before putting it in the fridge for three hours

Bon appétit!

Like this article? Have a look at more recipes:

Confit de canard
Baba au rhum
Sole meunière
Tarte aux apricots
French lamb stew


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