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Mothers Day Lemon Tart Recipe

This Mother’s Day lemon tart recipe is fresh, sharp, but sweet, with restaurant good looks.

a white plate with a piece of cake on it
Posted 17 March 2023
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Prep: 3 hours (including cooking) Cook: 60 minutes


For the pastry

  • 180g plain flour
  • 90g caster sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 90g cold unsalted butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 egg white

For the filling

  • 275g caster sugar
  • 4 large lemons
  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 300g unsalted diced butter


Preparation for the pastry

  1. Put the flour, sugar and salt on a food processor and pulse to combine.
  2. Beat the egg yolk and drizzle in. Pulse gently to combine then tip onto a floured surface and knead the pastry together.
  3. Chill for 2hrs
  4. Grease a 22cm tart tin, line with pastry and prick the bottom.
  5. Bake blind for approx 15mins with baking beans
  6. Beat the egg white and brush over the pastry.
  7. Return to the oven for 15mins until golden.

Preparation for the filling

  1. Combine the sugar and zest and juice of the lemons in a heatproof bowl.
  2. Stir in the eggs and stir over a Bain Marie of gently simmering water until it’s the consistency of lemon curd – about 20mins
  3. Leave to cool then beat in the butter until smooth
  4. Spoon the filling into the tart and leave to cool until set.
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