My new dessert obsession is lemon curd! The bakery I work at makes the BEST lemon curd! I’m pretty sure if I could, I would eat it by the spoonful! The lemon curd is so good at the bakery, that one customer has bought 6 mini lemon tarts everyday for at least 5 years! No lies, no exaggerations! So with my new obsession, I decided to make my own lemon curd at home and it was delicious!
I find that curds tend to be intimidating to make, but they’re really easy! They’re almost fool-proof! I promise! They just require a few extra dishes to wash. But hey, what’s a few more dishes to wash than normal, if it tastes fantastic!?
This tart is a perfect summer dessert! It’s light and refreshing! It’s also a perfect crowd pleaser if you’re asked to bring or plan to make dessert for your next get together or party!
Meyer Lemon Tart with a Sugar Cookie Crust Recipe:
Martha Stewart’s Meyer Lemon Curd:
1 C. Meyer Lemon or Regular Lemon Juice
1 C. Sugar
4 Egg Yolks
1 Stick plus 2 tbsp. Cold Butter
Zest of 4 Lemons
Sugar Cookie Crust:
1 Stick Softened Butter
3/4 C. Powdered Sugar
1 Egg White
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 1/4 C. Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Cream of Tartar
1/8 tsp. Salt
Preheat oven to 400.
1. In a heat proof bowl, add the zest of 4 lemons and sugar. Muddle the sugar and zest to release the oils. To that, whisk in the eggs and egg yolks and place over a double boiler. Once the sugar has dissolved, add the lemon juice. You will keep stirring the lemon, sugar, egg mixture until it becomes thick. (It has thickened properly if you can make a clean line on the back of a wooden spoon or until it hits 160 degrees Fahrenheit).
2. Once the mixture has thickened, add in cold pads of butter. Once the butter has melted into the thickened mixture, place the bowl of warm curd into a larger bowl with ice. Once the curd is cold, place in the refrigerator with cling wrap touching the surface of the curd. (I let my curd sit over night in the refrigerator, but a good hour or two should do the trick.)
Sugar Cookie Crust:
1. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients and set aside.
2. In a stand mixer, beat softened butter until fluffy. Add the powdered sugar. Once incorporated, add the vanilla extract and egg white. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then slowly add your dry ingredients.
3. Cover the dough in plastic wrap and let sit in the refrigerator for 30 mins.
4. In a greased tart pan, spread the dough evenly throughout with your hands. Make holes on the bottom of the crust with a fork. (I used an 8 x 11 inch tart pan with a removable bottom. If you use a smaller tart pan you will have excess dough. You can freeze excess dough or make sugar cookies with it.)
5. In a 400 degree oven place the tart pan on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until the edges are starting to brown. **Check the tart after 5 to 7 minutes. If the dough is puffing up, take the back of a spoon and press the base of the tart down like you would a thumbprint cookie.
6. Once the tart is completely cooled, remove from the tart pan and top with your prepared lemon curd. You can top your tart with berries or meringue. If you will not be serving right away, place in the refrigerator and cover with plastic wrap.
Thanks for reading! Hope you try this recipe! It was so delicious I needed a lot of self control to stop eating it!