Meyer Lemon Tart

Makes One 10-Inch Tart

A delicious tart with a lemon curd filling. The crust can be prepared up to 8 hours ahead.

Picture of Meyer Lemon Tart


Sugar Crust

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Pinch of fleur de sel
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large egg, stirred to blend

Lemon Curd Filling

  • 1 1/3 cups strained fresh Meyer lemon juice (from about 6 Meyer lemons)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons minced grated Meyer lemon peel (from about 6 Meyer lemons)


For the Sugar Crust:

Mix the flour, powdered sugar and fleur de sel in a food processor to blend. Add the butter. Using on/off turns, blend until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the beaten egg over the dough; discard the remaining egg. Using on/off turns, blend just until the dough begins to form. Gather the dough into a ball; flatten into a disk. Wrap the dough in plastic; chill at least 30 minutes and up to 1 day.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to a 12½-inch-diameter round. Transfer to a 10-inch-diameter tart pan with a removable bottom. Gently, press the dough in the pan to cover completely. Press any overhanging dough against the top edge of the pan to trim. Cover and refrigerate the crust until it is cold, about 10 minutes. Line the crust with foil and fill with pie weights. Bake the crust until the sides are set, about 15 minutes. Carefully remove the weights and foil. Bake the crust until it is golden on the bottom, about 15 minutes longer. Cool the crust in the pan on a rack.

For the Lemon Curd Filling:

Bring the lemon juice to a boil in a heavy medium saucepan. Whisk the sugar and eggs in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the hot lemon juice. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Stir over low heat until the mixture thickens, about 5 minutes (do not boil). Remove from the heat. Gradually whisk in the butter, then the lemon peel. Transfer the lemon curd to a medium bowl. Press plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the curd; refrigerate until cold.

To Assemble and Serve:

Spoon the cold lemon curd into the crust at least 1 hour before serving, or up to 8 hours ahead. Cut the tart into wedges and serve.

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