classic lemon tart
sweet shortcrust pastry
- 1½ cups (225g) plain (all-purpose) flour
- 125g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
- ½ cup (80g) icing (confectioner’s) sugar, plus extra, for dusting
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon iced water
- 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream
- 2 eggs
- 3 egg yolks, extra
- ½ cup (110g) caster (superfine) sugar
- ½ cup (125ml) lemon juice
- Place the flour, butter and icing sugar in a food processor and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. With the motor running, add the egg yolks and process until combined. Add the iced water and process until the dough just comes together. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and gently bring together to form a ball. Flatten into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Roll the pastry out between 2 sheets of non-stick baking paper to 3mm-thick. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Line a lightly greased 22cm loose-bottomed, fluted tart tin with the pastry. Trim the edges and prick the base with a fork. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Line the pastry case with non-stick baking paper and fill with baking weights. Bake for 15 minutes, remove the paper and weights and bake for a further 10 minutes or until the pastry is light golden. Remove from the oven and set aside. Reduce temperature to 140°C (250°F).
- To make the lemon filling, place the cream, eggs, extra yolks, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and whisk to combine. Strain the mixture into a clean bowl. Transfer the tart to a baking tray and carefully pour the filling into the tart shell.
- Bake for 30–35 minutes or until just set. Allow to cool at room temperature before refrigerating until completely set. Dust with icing sugar to serve. Serves 4–6.
Just baked this delicious tart for the second time. This time using eggs fresh from my mothers-in-law’s chooks and lemons from my son’s tree. A combined family contribution. Can’t wait to tuck in.