Gregg's tangy lemon tart

Gregg's tangy lemon tart

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(91 ratings)

Prep: 25 mins Cook: 1 hr Plus chilling

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Serves 8

Gregg Wallace fell in love with Michel Roux Snr's lemon tart at first bite. This is his version of the classic recipe

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal770
  • fat44g
  • saturates24g
  • carbs86g
  • sugars38g
  • fibre2g
  • protein13g
  • salt0.18g
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    For the pastry (makes double)

    • 500g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
    • 140g icing sugar
    • 250g unsalted butter, cubed
    • 4 egg yolks

    For the filling

    • 5 eggs



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    • 140g caster sugar
    • 150ml double cream
    • juice 2-3 lemon (about 100ml/3½ fl oz) and 2 tbsp lemon zest



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    1. To make the pastry, mix the flour and icing sugar in a bowl. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingers until crumbly. Mix in the egg yolks. If the pastry is still too dry, add 1-2 tbsp water until it comes together. Roll into a ball and divide in half (freeze one half for another recipe). Flatten out the pastry with your hands, wrap the dough in cling film, then chill for at least 30 mins. While the pastry is chilling, make the filling. Beat all the ingredients, except for the zest, together. Sieve the mixture, then stir in the zest.

    2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to about the thickness of a £1 coin, then lift into a 23cm tart tin. Press down gently on the bottom and sides, then trim off any excess pastry. Stab a few holes in the bottom with a fork and put back in the fridge for 30 mins.

    3. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Line the tart with foil and fill with rice or dried beans. Bake for 10 mins, then remove the tart tin from the oven, discard the foil, and bake for another 20 mins until biscuity. When the pastry is ready, remove it from the oven, pour in the lemon mixture and bake again for 30-35 mins until just set. Leave to cool, then remove the tart from the tin and serve at room temperature or chilled.

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    23rd Aug, 2011
    it's quick, simple and delicious - that's all what I expect from a perfect summer dessert!
    2nd Jun, 2011
    On step two, definitely don't cut off the pastry before blind-baking as advised here! It shrunk and we ended up with lemon mixture all over the kitchen floor.
    20th May, 2011
    came out brilliant the pastry was lovely buttery and crumbly very easy to make even for a novice like myself the lemon filling requires more juice and zest as it was not as tangy as i,d like would definitelty make it again but it does take alot of time and create a whole load of mess
    2nd Apr, 2011
    I have just made this, the pastry did want to rise out the dish, but I stabbed it once with a fork and it sank and was fine. Pastry was very soft for me, but I think that has more to do with dairy free pastry than anything else. Due to lactose intolerant husband have also substituted the filling to be made with a soya cream and actually seems to have come out just fine wouldn't notice at all!
    22nd Feb, 2011
    Great Tart recipe, one of my favourites to make! very similar to one I used to use working in a restaurant. make sure you really chill the pastry before rolling very useful
    1st Feb, 2011
    I have made this 2 or 3 times now and its perfect every time. Have also made it with half fat cream in an attempt to be less naughty and it was just as yummy.
    31st Jan, 2011
    This was my first attempt at making a sweet pastry and I was very happy with the results. As others have mentioned used a little my lemon than suggested and the overall taste was great. When down a treat at a dinner party
    1st Jan, 2011
    I hadn't planned to make the pastry but had to when the ready made case I had bought broke in half! It was easier to make than I thought and was easy to use and had a good crisp texture when cooked, I added a bit extra lemon juice and everyone agreed that it was a lovely tangy tart. Would definitely make again.
    11th Dec, 2010
    this recipe is fantastic. I've made it a number of times just for after dinner and for birthdays. I've been asked to do dessert for christmas dinner this year and i've choosen this as it's full of flavour and light for after a large meal.
    1st Nov, 2010
    It's very yummy, and it was easier to make it than I'd expected!


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