Tarte Au Citron (Lemon Tart) – My 100th Post!

Following on from yesterdays “lesson” on how to create the perfect pastry, I shall show you how to make a delicious, yet relatively healthy, lemon tart. The Great British Bake Off, a televised British baking competition, first prompted to me to attempt such a dessert. One week the contestants were charged with following a recipe, devised by the goliath of British baking Mary Berry, for lemon tart. The standard set by Mary looked so incredibly delicious I had to go away and create this fantastic, decadent tart for mere pittance.

The thing I most love about this recipe, which is taken from a GoodFood magazine, is that, assuming one has a thin layer of pastry, it doesn’t sit very heavily on one’s stomach. Perhaps this is because instead of using double cream and five eggs, it uses half fat crème fraîche and loses two of the egg yolks. One would think that this may affect the consistency, but I promise you it doesn’t. The recipe for the casing is available in my previous post and under the guidance of Delia it produces a very light and crisp pastry.

I suppose tarts can be rather tricky to bake correctly. However, getting the timing right really isn’t too difficult. It wants to be just set in the middle, with plenty of wobble but no slide. However, once it reaches this point remove it from the oven immediately, otherwise it’ll overcook. One can tell if a tart has been overcooked because it’ll be coming away from the sides of the casing, this means a little too much moisture has evaporated from it. I’m ashamed to admit that I was a little busy when this particular tart was baking and that it did overcook by perhaps 10-20 seconds as a small portion has come away from the edges. However, this hasn’t impaired the flavour or texture at all. Other than that, this recipe is fairly straight forward – Good luck my fellow great British bakers!

Lemon Tart Filling

Serves 12-16


•3 eggs and 2 extra egg whites

• 140g icing sugar, plus extra for decoration

• The zest of 4 lemons, finely grated

• The juice of 4 lemons

• 200ml of roughly half fat crème fraîche, although I suppose one could use full fat


1. Heat the oven to 150C. Beat together the eggs until smooth. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl and add the eggs, whisk until there are no lumps. Stir in the zest and the juice and leave to stand in order to let the lemon infuse.

2. Beat the crème fraîche in a bowl until smooth, then sieve in the lemon mixture. Whisk until all the lumps have been removed. Pour half into the pastry case, place it in the oven and then pour in the rest. This method avoids spillages. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the filling is just cooked –wobbly, but not coming away from the sides of the casing. Leave it to stand for at least an hour before decorating with icing sugar.

Cost: A bag of 4 lemons currently costs 56p, which is an absolute bargain as a single lemon usually sets one back a whole 30 pence. As such, this tart came in at an exceptionally cheap £2.60. That’s assuming you have to buy the eggs – I didn’t so my tart actually cost around £1.60. Good times.

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137 comments on “Tarte Au Citron (Lemon Tart) – My 100th Post!

  1. Natalie Kaye
    September 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    That looks amazing! I can’t wait to try making it. Lemon is such a summer flavor, and I’m not ready to give it up yet! 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      Thanks so much! 😀 It’s delicious. Lemon is a flavour for all seasons to me… but especially summer.

  2. cookinginsens
    September 22, 2011 at 3:34 pm


  3. the thoughtful eater
    September 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Hey, I have just started reading your blog and am really enjoying it! I am overseas and on a budget at the moment so it is perfect to find recipes that are not overly complicated with lots of ingredients etc…
    keep up the good work!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 3:47 pm

      Aww, thanks so much! Really glad you’re enjoying.

  4. sourdoughtheangrybaker
    September 22, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Dude, you are a blogging machine! Congratulations on your 100th post! I got sick of lemon tarts in culinary school, but your’s looks great!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      Haha! Thanks, I really enjoy doing it. This is the first I’ve had in a while. I loves it.

  5. Kelley
    September 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Lemon is just about my favorite flavor for dessert so thank you for this wonderful post, Can’t wait to try it!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks! It goes really well, doesn’t it?

  6. promenadeplantings
    September 22, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Congratulations on your 100 post! And the tart au citron looks delicious

  7. Cara
    September 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    I was wondering what was going to put inside that crust! This look gorgeous, truly…

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks! I thought it would be easier to separate the two recipes.

  8. Bobbi Marshall
    September 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th posting! Your Lemon Tart, looks so creamy and delicious. I can’t wait to try it.

  9. funnyloveblog
    September 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    This looks delish – and we love your site so we nominated you for an award! Check it out! http://funnyloveblog.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/the-versatile-blogger-award-can-also-be-used-as-a-paperweight/

  10. thecompletecookbook
    September 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th post! Looking forward to being along for the ride of the next 100.
    All I see in your lemon tart, especially the last picture is a perfect lemon tart!
    🙂 Mandy

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      Thanks so much :D. I cant wait for the next 100. It really is delicious. I hope you’re here for my next 100 too 😀

  11. ceciliag
    September 22, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    That looks alarmingly tasty! YUM.. c

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm

      Alarmingly? I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to shock you.

  12. Arturo Féliz-Camilo
    September 22, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Will forward to my “sous chef” (And wife) the pastry chef. Loooove lemon pie!

  13. Julie
    September 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Looks yum! I’m making it this weekend! Thanks and congrats on your 100th post!!!! Thanks also for stopping by my blog…it let me find yours… 🙂

  14. Sara
    September 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    oh, gorgeous. Nothing like a good lemon tart. We are on the same wavelength…I just made a lemon-raspberry tart (Dorie Greenspan recipe–it’s in my backlogged post queue and will probably not even be seasonal when I get it up) that was fantastic–so lemony, almost puckery with all that zest. I have a hard time knowing when these egg custard tarts are done…the “insert a knife” test doesn’t work and I’m never sure how jiggly is too jiggly. Anyway, yours looks absolutely perfect, and deserving of your perfect pie crust. Congratluations on your 100th post as well!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      I totally agree, it was/is delicious! Cooking can be difficult, it just requires a lot of checking.

  15. Dalai Lina
    September 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    That looks completely amazing. Healthy? Ha! But who needs healthy when you are talking about dessert 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      Well, relatively healthy… but not actually healthy…

  16. Thebigfatnoodle
    September 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    That looks divine and I actually love that the edge was all jagged, shows it’s handmade from start to finish! Just wish I could have a slice NOW!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      I know, it is a little rustic, but I am a perfectionist so… Well, go and make one then 😛

  17. Jason & Karlin
    September 22, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    One of my all time favorite desserts, Lemon Tart. when I worked for Marco Pierre White in London, we made the tarts 2 times a day, once for lunch service and then again for dinner service. If there was left overs I would eat them all, did not matter if there was 1 or 3 pieces I would devour them.
    Great site

    All the Best Jason

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks so much! I can;t believe you worked for Marco Pierre White. I’d love to do something like that! This tart was so incredibly delicious. I can’t stop eating it.

  18. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    September 22, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Look at that! Great job! And congrats on your 100th post! 🙂

  19. Lynnette
    September 22, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    I’m loving this!! the last time i tried to make it.. my tart came out brown and i dunno what happened! Will try again with your recipe! can I use fresh cream? 😀

    Btw congrats on your 100th post!!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      You could use double cream I think, but perhaps use 5 eggs with the yolks too, otherwise it may not set!

      • Lynielicious
        September 23, 2011 at 12:12 am

        Thats interesting! Do you know what yolks + creme substitute creme fraiche? 🙂

  20. keepsmeoutofmischief
    September 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th post! That lemon tart looks delicious!

  21. rumpydog
    September 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm


  22. thelegaltart
    September 22, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Delicious. Love Lemon tart!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 22, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      I think it’s probably my favourite tart.

  23. gnashingrefined
    September 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Lemon Tart is not something I get to eat nearly enough…that needs to change.

  24. mindfulvegetarian
    September 22, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    it looks delecious! I will have to make that…since I love lemon too.

  25. Lauren
    September 23, 2011 at 12:04 am

    This looks amazing… it’s actually one of my favorite desserts! I’ll have to try it soon… thanks for stopping by my blog too! Yours is great!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 23, 2011 at 7:50 pm

      Thanks! Mine too, so great. I hope you return.

  26. Allyssa
    September 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

    Wow, that looks heavenly. Congrats on your 100th post!

  27. Prerna
    September 23, 2011 at 12:11 am

    That looks lovely! And congratulations on the 100th post. Here’s to many 100s more… Cheers!

  28. The Vegan Kat
    September 23, 2011 at 12:33 am

    This looks amazing! I’m vegan, so I may have to experiment on making a vegan version of this 🙂

  29. ErikaFlorence
    September 23, 2011 at 1:00 am

    This looks so delicious! I’ll have to try a gluten-free version of this.

  30. rhubarb whine
    September 23, 2011 at 2:23 am

    I am going to make this, it’s a slightly different version to one I make. I am looking forward to it, I love anything lemony. Yum! (Happy 100!)

  31. glutenfreezen
    September 23, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Congratulations on your 100th post! 🙂 This lemon tart looks delicious and beautiful. I’m pretty sure I can do it both gluten and dairy free. Thanks for the great idea, I will let you know how it goes!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 23, 2011 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks so much, yes that shouldn’t be too difficult. Please do, I hope it works well.

  32. ChgoJohn
    September 23, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Now that’s the way to celebrate your 100th post! Your tart was beautifully executed and perfect for the occasion. Great post & congrats!

  33. alternative eating
    September 23, 2011 at 5:08 am

    This looks so good:) 🙂 Congratulations on your 100th post:) 🙂

  34. Julie
    September 23, 2011 at 6:47 am

    mmm…Can’t wait to try this myself!

  35. cityhippyfarmgirl
    September 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Now that has my name written all over it. Give a tarty tart over something chocolatey any day!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      Totally, although I do have a chocolate tart up my sleeve too.

  36. tanyab1990
    September 23, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I bet this is tart and sweet…a perfect dessert! Thanks.

  37. Smedette
    September 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm


  38. lambyknits01
    September 23, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    Yum – it looks beautiful 🙂 Congratulations on your 100th post!

  39. cookingcacophony
    September 23, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Congrats on your 100th post! Your pictures are droolworthy!

  40. niasunset
    September 23, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Congratulations on your 100th post! This lemon tart seems so delicious, I want to try. Thank you and how nice to meet with you, I found your blog in dear Cecilia’s Blog, (The Kitchesgarden), with my love, nia

    • frugalfeeding
      September 23, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      It was incredibly so. Glad you found me 😀

  41. Erin McNaughton
    September 23, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    That looks amazing – I’ll have the save the recipe and try it sometime! 🙂

  42. canalcook
    September 23, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    Lovely, you can’t beat tarte au citron. Yours looks beautiful, my pastry always seems to look rubbish

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

      Thanks 😀 Keep at it, you’ll get there in the end. Be meticulous.

  43. Shannon
    September 24, 2011 at 10:31 am

    YUM! That looks soo good!

  44. ambrosiana
    September 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    This looks stunning!!! Congratulations on your 100th post!!!!!

  45. thekalechronicles
    September 24, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    What an unusual recipe — I’ve never seen a lemon tart where you didn’t cook the filling on the stove before filling the crust and baking it. I’m trying this one, too. — Sharyn

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:02 am

      It works very very well, probably the best lemon tart I’ve ever had since it so incredibly light.

  46. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    September 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    First off, this tart looks just perfect. Congrats on your 100th!

  47. Zoe
    September 24, 2011 at 11:07 pm

    CONGRATS! Only 40 more to go to catch up to you! I’m really glad I found your blog, and, of course, I’ll have to add this to my list of things to make. 🙂
    Thanks for your support – starting up is hard but with fellow bloggers like you it’s been easier.

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Get blogging then! Since I started making an effort to connect with other bloggers I’ve found the experience improves too.

  48. threeblondesandatomas
    September 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    happy 100th post!! this tart is beautiful! i have to admit though that i am a fan of a slightly sweet pastry dough 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:10 am

      But it’s so rich anyway, and when the filling is so sweet anyway….

  49. elaina
    September 24, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    Congrats on your 100th post! I can’t wait to get there too 🙂

  50. Bluejellybeans
    September 24, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Very nice recipe and congrats on your 100th post! Looking forward to read the next hundreds 😉

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:11 am

      Thanks! I’m looking forward to the next hundred too… will have to get my thinking cap on.

  51. daisy
    September 25, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Beautiful tart! Congrats on your 100th post!

  52. mariekebal
    September 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Wow that looks so beautiful and yummy! Yesterday I made a lemon meringue pie, it reminds me of this one! Photos will be up soon :)!
    Looking forward to your next posts!

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Oh awesome. I’m going to try one of those in the future for sure.

  53. stumblebunny
    September 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Oooh, this looks so good! I might try this with limes and a grapefruit sorbet. My dad loves key lime pie but I hate making the meringue, Congratulations on your 100 post! I can’t wait to read 100 (+) more

    • frugalfeeding
      September 27, 2011 at 10:14 am

      Key lie pie doesn’t have meringue usually, does it? Actually, after a cursory search on google – some do, some don’t. I’m making one this week. Thanks!