Lemon Tarts

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Making delicious lemon tarts is way simpler than you might think! Check out my easy recipe below for a mouthwatering treat 🍋🤤

Lemon Tarts

Total Time 3 hours
Course Dessert
Servings 3 4” tarts



  • 3 tablespoons 45g butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour slightly less than a full cup

**Lemon Curd:**

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter

**Italian Meringue:**

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 egg whites and a pinch of salt


**Prepare the Crust:**

  • Whisk together butter and powdered sugar until creamy.
  • Add the egg and whisk until well combined.
  • Stir in the flour and salt until a dough forms.
  • Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in cling wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

**Make the Lemon Curd:**

  • Combine all curd ingredients (except butter) in a nonstick pan.
  • Cook on medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon.
  • Add butter and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, until the curd has a thick but flowy consistency.

**Prepare the Tart Shells:**

  • Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Divide the chilled dough into 3 parts and roll each out gently.
  • Cover tart pans with the dough, avoiding stretching.
  • Prick the dough with a fork.
  • Bake the tart shells for about 20 minutes until they develop a slight color.

**Fill and Chill:**

  • Allow tart shells to cool, then fill them with the prepared lemon curd up to the brim.
  • Place the tarts in the refrigerator.

**Italian Meringue:**

  • In a nonstick pan, mix sugar and water until it reaches 230°F.
  • Whisk egg whites with salt until frothy.
  • When the sugar mix reaches 240°F, slowly add it to the egg whites while whisking at high speed.
  • Continue whisking until the mixture cools and forms a shiny, thick meringue.

**Decorate and Serve:**

  • Decorate the tarts with the Italian meringue (or use whipped cream for an easier option).
  • Serve and enjoy your delightful homemade lemon tarts!

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