Classic French Tarte Au Citron - Fresh Lemon Tart

"This is the most requested dessert in our Chambres d'Hotes; I like to make it quite tart and lemony, with creme fraiche, instead of thick double cream - plus I like it to be baked until just set and with a wobble! This is great served with a drizzle of cassis for an elegant finishing touch, plus a sprig of mint. If you are not a great lover of lemons, please reduce the quantity of lemons in the recipe."
 
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Ready In:
1hr
Ingredients:
7
Yields:
1 Tart
Serves:
6
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directions

  • Roll out the pastry and line a 24cm to 26cm tart or quiche dish. Bake blind in a pre-heated oven 180°C/350F/gas 4, for about 7-10 mins, or until lightly golden brown and slightly crisp.
  • Whisk the lemon juice, crème fraiche, sugar and eggs in a large bowl. Add the grated lemon rind & mix well.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into the pastry case and bake for 40 minutes or so, until the custard has set but is still slightly wobbly. Sprinkle liberally with icing sugar.
  • Serve slightly warm or at room temperature, with a drizzle of cassis and a sprig of mint. You can also serve this with a bowl of creme fraiche or cream.

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  1. Angieflibble
    I've made this a number of times. For my pie dish the filling is about double the amount required but it freezes really well so you can save the other half for a later date.
     
  2. Kasha
    Tastes great, I should know, I made it twice. I bought a French fluted tart pan, couldn't get the 20 cm specified, so went for 24cm. There was much too much filling and I wound up with a very nice tart, but not enough for the company I was having over that evening for dinner and several small custard cups I baked along with the tart to use all of the extra filling, another way to use this if you don't want to make a tart, they were very pretty too, but not enugh either for the company. I made another pie crust and used it to line a good old American glass pie pan which is much bigger than a tart pan and another batch of filling and the filling filled the American pie pan. It made a very nice lemon custard pie which everyone liked. We still have four custard cups and a small tart pan of tart to go now. The quantity of lemon was fine for us.
     
  3. jan19230
    I have made this tart three times now and it tastes delicious. Even a friend who said "I don't like lemons" came back for a second helping. <br/><br/>However, when the tart is cooked the top has always ended up cracking and looking like crazy paving. What am I doing wrong?
     
  4. richowl1867
    I made this today, it was fantastic. I thought the custard was too runny when I poured it into the pastry case and I gave it 45 minutes in the oven to be on the safe side. It came out perfect. The flavour had a good mixture of sweet and tart. It would be a definite dinner party winner. I have only tried it warm. I can't wait to get stuck into a cold slice from the fridge, maybe tomorrow though.
     
  5. paul3976
    very nice
     
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