Delicious Lemon Tart

READY IN: 1hr 35mins
Recipe by Mommy Diva

I found this recipe in The Frugal Gourmet Celebrates Christmas. He calls it "Nellie's Lemon Tart" and credits a friend of his from Toulouse, France for gifting him this recipe as his favorite. It sounds absolutely scrumtious to me - but then I love lemon desserts to cap off a meal!! I estimated on the prep times, which include chill times, some cooks may be faster than I am in the kitchen!!

Top Review by Kittencal@recipezazz

very good, I add in a teaspoon vinegar to the dough to make it easier to handle and tender, the filling was not too sweet so next time around I will increase the sugar to 1 cup, make certain to bake this on the second-lowest oven rack, thank you for sharing Mommy D!...Kitten:)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To start the dough, cream together the butter and confectioners' sugar using a mixer.
  2. Add the flour and mix until consistency becomes course/grainy.
  3. Place dough in a ziplock bag and chill for 30 minutes.
  4. Press and form dough into 10-inch tart pan covering bottom and sides.
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes, then remove and cool.
  7. Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees and hold to wait for tart.
  8. Next, blend together the granulated sugar and the eggs.
  9. Mix in the lemon juice, grated lemon peel, and butter, combine well.
  10. Put tart pan on a cookie sheet for stability and pour the filling mix into the tart shell.
  11. Using a potato peeler, peel the outer rind off another lemon so that only the white "pith" (thin layer) remains.
  12. Make 8 thin slices from that lemon and place them carefully on the tart.
  13. Place tart on tray in oven and bake for 35 minutes ( at 350 degrees).
  14. Remove from oven and sprinkle granulated sugar on the lemon slices.
  15. Increase oven to high broil and place tart back in oven on the top rack allowing to brown lightly on top.
  16. **WATCH THIS CLOSELY as you can easily burn the crust or the tart.***.
  17. Cool tart completely before serving.
  18. Enjoy! ;).
  19. ***Hint- a culinary torch/ creme brylee torch could be used to brown the top of the tart if desired**.

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