I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend quality time with family and friends.  This Thanksgiving I thought about how blessed I am in so many ways.  I also thought about how there are so many people who struggle to put a meal on the table every night and I spend hours going through cookbooks and food magazines trying to find new inspiration and ideas to make because I am bored with the same meals every week.  Let us all remember how fortunate we are that we can be creative with food and be passionate about this hobby that is food blogging.

After so many heavy carbs and overstuffed meals, I was craving something a bit lighter and more refreshing.  This Lemon Tart is really just a glorified version lemon bars, but the best lemon bars you have ever tasted.  In my mind, nothing bad can come from something that starts with a simple, buttery shortbread crust like this tart does.  Topped with light refreshing lemon custard and berries, this tart is just so fresh tasting and beautiful to look at with the bright berries contrasting the pale yellow lemon custard.

The combinations and variations you could do with this tart are really limitless.  If you would prefer, you could use oranges or limes instead of the lemons to make the custard filling.  You could top your tart with a strawberry syrup or simply with whipped cream.  Or you could really emulate the traditional lemon bars by simply dusting some powdered sugar over the top once the tart has cooled.  Any way you choose to modify it, this Lemon Tart is a truly satisfying crowd pleaser.

The Perfect Lemon Tart

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: one 11-inch tart


A perfectly buttery shortbread crust topped with light lemony custard


    For the crust:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup (16 Tbsp) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • For the custard:
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (juice of 2-3 lemons)
  • To garnish:
  • 1-2 cups fresh berries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Liberally grease a 11-inch tart pan.
  3. In a food processor, combine all ingredients for crust and pulse until the dough comes together and forms a ball. If necessary, add 1 tsp of water at a time to bring the dough together.
  4. Press dough evenly into tart pan and up sides of pan.
  5. Poke all over with a fork so that steam can be released and bubbles do not form as the crust bakes.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes.
  7. While the crust is baking, in a medium bowl, whisk the eggs together. Continue whisking while adding the sugar. Add the flour and lemon juice.
  8. When crust has finished baking, pour lemon custard mixture into the crust and return it to the oven for about 10-14 minutes or until the custard has set and is just slightly jiggly in the center. (I like to check it every couple of minutes after about 8 minutes of baking so that the custard does not get over-baked.)
  9. Cool completely and garnish with berries.
  10. Recipe adapted from Heather Christo Cooks

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11 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Elaine @ Cooking to Perfection
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 12:19 pm

    This lemon tart looks like the perfect thing after a week full of Thanksgiving food. The fresh berries and lemon flavors are exactly what I’m craving. Too bad chocolate and peppermint are the only things in my near future. Guess there are worse things. 🙂


    • Mercedes
      Nov 28, 2012 @ 7:24 pm

      Chocolate and peppermint sound wonderful too Elaine! I can’t wait to see what you bake up!


  2. Cassie | Bake Your Day
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Stunning, Mercedes! I wish I could have a slice right now, especially with those raspberries on top!


  3. Anna @ hiddenponies
    Nov 28, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

    This looks so fresh and delicious, a perfect change at this time of year! I love your point about thankfulness – I often think too of the the excess of amazing food we enjoy, and how making treats can be just a relaxing hobby while others worry about where every bite is coming from. We are so blessed!


  4. Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Nov 29, 2012 @ 12:36 am

    I love lemon desserts, what a beautiful tart!


  5. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen
    Nov 30, 2012 @ 9:29 am

    This really makes me miss summer berries, even though I’m really enjoying what’s in season right now.

    Thanks for reminding me that I need a tart pan stat!


    • Mercedes
      Dec 01, 2012 @ 11:01 am

      Thank you Loretta! I know this tart seems like a summer or spring dessert, but I love something lighter like this any time of year!


  6. Jayne
    Dec 06, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    This is sooo what I’m going to make tomorrow. Like it that the custard is easy.


    • Mercedes
      Dec 07, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

      Thank you Jayne! The whole tart is really easy, but so delicious and impressive looking which is a bonus!


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