Indulge your taste buds in the delightful world of citrus with this comprehensive guide to crafting the perfect lemon tart. A harmonious balance of sweet and tangy, this dessert is sure to captivate the senses. From the crisp, buttery crust to the velvety lemon curd filling, every element of this recipe has been meticulously curated to ensure a memorable culinary experience.
For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
A pinch of salt
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons ice water
For the Lemon Curd Filling:
4 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
Zest of 3 lemons
1 cup fresh lemon juice
For the Garnish:
Fresh mint leaves
Whipped cream (optional)
Preparing the Crust:
In a food processor, combine the flour, cold butter cubes, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Pulse until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Add the egg yolk and ice water to the mixture. Pulse again until the dough just comes together.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and shape it into a disc. Wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
Roll out the chilled dough on a floured surface to fit a tart pan. Press the dough into the pan, trimming any excess. Prick the bottom with a fork and blind bake the crust for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
Making the Lemon Curd:
In a heatproof bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until well combined.
Gradually whisk in the melted butter, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water (double boiler) and whisk continuously until the mixture thickens, resembling the consistency of custard. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
Once thickened, remove the bowl from heat and let the lemon curd cool slightly.
Assembling and Baking:
Pour the lemon curd into the pre-baked tart crust, spreading it evenly.
Bake the tart in the preheated oven for an additional 15-20 minutes or until the lemon curd is set.
Allow the tart to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for at least 2 hours to let it set completely.
- Before serving, dust the top of the tart with powdered sugar for a touch of elegance.
- Optionally, garnish with fresh mint leaves and serve with a dollop of whipped cream on the side.
Congratulations! You’ve successfully created a luscious lemon tart that embodies the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness. Share this delectable treat with friends and family to spread the joy of a homemade dessert that is as beautiful as it is delicious. Whether for a special occasion or a simple indulgence, this lemon tart is sure to become a cherished favorite in your repertoire of dessert recipes. Enjoy!