Meyer Lemon Tart

Today, our month of food bloggers’ “famous recipes” continues with this incredible lemon tart. How pretty would it be to serve to friends this fall? Julia from Sassy Kitchen shares how to make it…

Meyer Lemon Tart (With Gluten-Free Crust)
by Julia Gartland of Sassy Kitchen

Lemons are my all-time favorite staple. There’s not a moment I don’t have a large supply of lemons on hand, for dressings to lemon water and every meal in between. Meyer lemons are sweeter and more aromatic than the average lemon, making this tart dessert even more charming.

I love lemon bars and tarts as much as the next person, but I loved the idea of doing this with buckwheat flour for a little rustic touch. The nutty flavor perfectly compliments the tart (and perfectly sweet) lemon curd. If you can keep this addicting tart around, it’s a real crowd pleaser.

Meyer Lemon Tart

Recipe: Meyer Lemon Tart

You’ll need:

1/2 cup Meyer lemon juice (about 2 to 3 lemons)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
6 tbsp butter, chilled & cubed
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks

Before juicing the lemons, zest two of them into a medium sized mixing bowl. Set a fine mesh sieve over top and set aside. In another medium mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and yolks.

In a saucepan, combine sugar, butter and lemon juice. Warm over low heat, stirring often, until butter has melted. Then, slowly whisk saucepan mixture into the whisked eggs, pouring in a thin, gradual stream.

Once combined well, add mixture back to the saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk often, making sure to eliminate any lumps, until mixture begins to thicken and coat the back of a spoon, about 2 to 3 minutes (watch carefully!).

Then, immediately pour through the sieve, pushing all the curd through (use your spatula to scape the curd off the bottom of the bowl). Whisk for about 30 seconds to one minute to eliminate any bumps and cool the mixture down. Set aside to cool.

To make your own buckwheat crust, you’ll need:

*If making your own gluten-free crust is intimidating, you can make this tart using a basic press-in tart dough, like this one.

1/2 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/4 cup arrowroot or tapioca flour (also called tapioca “starch”)
1 tsp granulated sugar
1/2 tsp Xanthan gum (or guar gum)
1/4 tsp sea salt
6 tbsp butter, chilled and cubed
2-4 tbsp ice water

Add the first six (dry) ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined. Add chilled butter and pulse until flour becomes gritty, about 30 seconds. Then, add one tablespoon of ice water at a time until dough begins to come away from the edge and take shape. Shape into a 6 inch disk, dust with more tapioca flour and wrap in saran wrap. Chill for 30 to 45 minutes.

Once dough has chilled, let it rest for 5 minutes at room temperature. Dust again with tapioca flour, and sandwich between two pieces of parchment paper. Roll out your dough evenly until about 3 inches larger than your tart pan (I use a 9 1/2 inch tart pan).

Remove top sheet of parchment paper, set down your tart pan (face down) in the middle of the dough, and very carefully flip — making sure your hands are on either side of the tart dish for support. Very carefully remove the last sheet of parchment, trying to eliminate any tearing (which will happen, don’t worry).

Once you remove the parchment, remove any excess dough hanging over the edge and gently press the dough into the tart dish. If you had any tears in the dough, just pinch it together or add any extra dough to do some tart dough plastic surgery. Continue doing this until the tart dough is even along all edges and smooth. Chill in the fridge for another 25 minutes. While you chill, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Once dough has chilled in your tart pan, poke a few holes in the crust with a fork, and parbake — I use a piece of parchment and dried beans/lentils as a weight. Bake for 25 minutes, or until tart begins to slightly come away from edges. Then, pour in the lemon curd and bake for another 8 minutes. Let the tart come to room temperature, then chill for 30 minutes up to 24 hours (if you want to make ahead).

To make your own homemade whipped cream:

8 oz. heavy whipping cream, cold
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp confectioners sugar

In a stand mixer, add heavy cream. Whip on high speed, adding in vanilla and confectioners sugar gradually. Beat until the mixture thickens and has a soft peak. Serve over lemon tart with freshly grated lemon zest.

Meyer Lemon Tart

Thank you so much, Julia!

P.S. More recipes, including a no-bake banana cream pie and chocolate peanut butter fudge.

(Photos and recipe by Julia Gartland. This series is edited by Caroline Donofrio.)