Tarte Au Citron

This refreshing open-faced tart is similar in flavor to a lemon meringue pie without the meringue. It is usually dusted with powdered sugar to offset the tartness of the lemon. You can also top it with a few fresh raspberries for an elegant look, and should you want even more lemony flavor, add some lemon zest into the filling.



  • 7 Tbsp (100 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for greasing
  • ½ C (96 g) sugar
  • 1 C (125 g) flour, plus extra for dusting
  • Pinch of salt


  • 3 lg eggs
  • 3 lg egg yolks
  • ⅔ C (20 g) fresh lemon juice
  • 10 Tbsp (143 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ C (144 g) sugar


  • Confectioners' sugar



Preheat oven to 300°F (149°C). Grease a 9-inch (22 x 4 cm) tart pan with a removable bottom. Place pastry ingredients in a bowl; knead lightly to combine. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, then place chilled dough on a floured surface and roll out ⅛ inch thick. Transfer to tart pan; pierce bottom with a fork; chill.


Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and egg yolks in a small bowl. In a medium saucepan, stir together lemon juice, butter and sugar over low heat until butter has melted and mixture is combined. Pour a little of this mixture into bowl with eggs, stirring constantly; then pour egg mixture back into pan and stir constantly over low heat until mixture thickens and begins to bubble around edges. Pour into tart shell; bake 30 minutes or until top is golden.


Dust with confectioners’ sugar prior to serving.

  • Prep time: 30 minutes.
  • Cook time: 30 minutes.
  • Makes 8 servings.

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