The ultimate makeover: Lemon tart

The ultimate makeover: Lemon tart

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Prep: 35 mins Cook: 55 mins Plus chilling

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Cuts into 12 slender slices
Enjoy an incredible half-fat version of this classic dessert, which tastes every bit as good as the original

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal186
  • fat9g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs24g
  • sugars15g
  • fibre0g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.14g
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    For the pastry

    • 50g butter, cut in pieces



      Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

    • 140g plain flour
    • 1 tbsp icing sugar
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin rapeseed oil
      Rapeseed oil

      Rapeseed oil

      If you want a light alternative to other cooking oils, rapeseed is a great choice and has…

    • 1 medium egg yolk

    For the filling

    • 3 medium eggs, plus 2 medium egg whites



      The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition packed with protein and a…

    • 140g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
    • 2 tbsp finely grated lemon zest (about 4 lemons)



      Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

    • 125ml lemon juice (from 4-5 lemons)
    • 200ml tub half-fat crème fraîche


    1. Rub the butter into the flour until the mix looks like fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the icing sugar, then make a well and use a round-bladed knife to stir in the oil, egg yolk and 1½-2 tbsp cold water until dough comes together. Without overhandling, gather into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out so it fits a 23 x 2cm loose-bottom flan tin. Ease the pastry into the tin, then trim the edges by rolling the rolling pin over the top. Press the pastry into the flutes so it sits very slightly proud of the edge (this extra height helps in case of any shrinkage). Lightly prick the pastry base with a fork, then chill for about 10 mins. Heat the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5.

    2. Meanwhile, make the filling. Beat the eggs and egg whites together with a wooden spoon until well mixed. Sift the icing sugar into a bowl, then gradually beat in the eggs. If the mix is at all lumpy, simply beat with a wire whisk. Stir in the lemon zest and the juice. Leave to stand so the lemon flavour can develop.

    3. Sit the chilled pastry case on a baking sheet. Line with baking parchment and baking beans and bake blind for 20 mins until well set. Carefully lift out the beans and paper, then bake the pastry case for another 3-5 mins until the base is cooked and pale golden.

    4. Strain the lemon mixture through a sieve. Beat the crème fraîche in a medium bowl until smooth, then slowly stir in the lemon mix until well blended. Transfer to a jug, then carefully pour two thirds into the warm pastry case. Place in the oven with the oven shelf half out, pour in the rest of the filling, then carefully slide the shelf back in. Reduce the heat to 150C/130C fan/gas 2. Bake for 25-30 mins until barely set with a slight wobble in the middle. Cool for about 1 hr, then serve with a light dusting of icing sugar. Best eaten the same day.

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    Comments, questions and tips

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    3rd Nov, 2019
    First attempt at lemon tart. Tasted delicious. I followed the advice and made 1.5 lots of pastry. I chilled in cling film in the fridge before rolling. I found that easier as sticky. Used the suggested 1 large egg yolk pastry and 3 large eggs + the large egg white from a previous comment as I did not have medium eggs I left the zest in the final mix Also used double cream as I did not have creme fraiche. Will try half fat creme fraiche next time. It was truly lovely
    7th Oct, 2018
    Great recipe ! You are a great food author
    27th Jun, 2018
    Absolutely delicious! I made extra pastry as per other comments but didn't need it in the end - I must roll it thinner than others! The whole thing is delicious though - everyone wanted seconds - from the kids to the grandparents - winner all round.
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    Narf P
    12th Jun, 2018
    totally lovely, tried after eating it whilst out - cooked for too long so cracked as it still seemed too wobbly in the middle but does firm up once out the oven. Once cut into slices didn't matter, went down just the same with a queue for afters. A lot of prep but oh so worth the effort. Try it :)
    balck777's picture
    12th Nov, 2017
    Absolutely yummy, but unfortunately didn't look great because it cracked quite severely when cooling. Any idea what I did wrong?
    14th Feb, 2016
    The most easy-to-handle pastry I've ever made (though I did make half as much again as I wanted to ensure there was plenty as my flan tin was slightly larger and deeper than the recipe required)! The cooked pastry was golden and crisp and the lemon filling was totally delicious, but light as air. I did give it 10 mins longer in the oven as after 30 mins the lemon custard was still very loose, but I might try just 5 mins longer next time. I will definitely be making this again and in the not-too-distant future as it was easy and totally yum!!
    10th Feb, 2016
    Lovely recipe, guests couldn't tell it was low fat! As others have warned, it doesn't make enough pastry, I dropped to a 20cm tin and still struggled to line it properly. Will definitely make extra pastry next time. Also had to give an extra 15-20 mins in the oven (mine is a very hot fan oven), check till the wobbling in the centre nearly stops. Delicious and will use again!
    Minxeh's picture
    1st Jan, 2016
    I did this without any baking beans, pricked the base all over and it went fine :) Took it to the new years eve party I was going to and it was all gone within 5 minutes with raving reviews from everyone! Great recipe :-)
    1st Nov, 2015
    Landed up with too much filling due to my ineptitude with pastry. Made ACE pudding a la bread and butter with extra filling and leftover Pandoro!
    26th May, 2015
    I kept all proportions. Wonderful and precise recipe! The best lemon tart I've ever tasted, neither too sweet, nor too sour. 4 lemons were just enough.


    29th Apr, 2016
    How far in advance can this dessert be made (without disintegrating etc)?
    1st Dec, 2015
    Planning to do this for Christmas Day. Can I make the tart case the day before?
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    14th Dec, 2015
    Hi there. Yes it is fine to make the case the day before.
    23rd Nov, 2015
    Can this tart be frozen? Thanks!
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