Lemon Tart, Tarte au Citron

IMG_3246 IMG_3252

A sweet and tangy Tarte for this week’s Fiesta Friday. This lemon tart is made with a pâte sablée and lemons. A simple and easy treat for the weekend. Perfect to indulge whilst relaxing at home, around a hot tea.

A big thank you to our wonderful host Angie from The Novice Gardener  and thanks to  Jhuls @The Not So Creative Cook and Mila @milkandbun  for co-hosting this week Fiesta Friday!

If you haven’t joined Fiesta Friday, come join the weekly fiesta with wonderful bloggers and recipes!

Serves: 5

Ingredients: (for the crust/pâte sablée)

  • 300g of wheat flour
  • 140g of soft butter
  • 100g of icing sugar
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • 25ml of water (less or more depending of the quality of your flour)

Procedure: Easy

  1. In a food processor, add the flour, the pinch of salt, the icing sugar, 1 egg and the soft butter.
  2. Start to mix all the ingredients together until you assemble the dough.
  3. Slowly add the water and continue to mix, until it holds a ball.
  4. The dough now is ready.
  5. Wrap the dough in a plastic wrap and keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 minutes remove the dough from the fridge.
  7. Grease 5 individuals removable bottom tart pans (13 centimeters and 3 centimeters deep).
  8. Dust with flour a clean surface.
  9. Cut the dough in 5 equals balls.
  10. With a rolling pin, flatten the first ball of dough the size of your tart pan.
  11. Add delicately the flattened dough into the tart pan.
  12. Poke the bottom of each crust.
  13. Proceed the same way for the rest of the dough.
  14. Preheat the oven to 180C degrees.

PicMonkey Collage

Ingredients: (for the filling)

  • 3 lemons
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 4 small eggs or 3 large eggs
  • 3 generous teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 100g of melted butter


  1. Remove the zest of the lemons and put them into a large bowl.
  2. Squeeze the juice of the lemons and set the lemon juice aside.
  3. In the large bowl with the lemons zest, add the sugar and the eggs.
  4. Start to whisk energetically until the cream becomes yellow pale and creamy.
  5. Pour the cornstarch, the lemon juice and finally the melted butter.
  6. Continue to whisk.
  7. Pour the creamy mixture into each crust until the top and bake for 50 minutes (depending on the oven) or until the Lemon Tart becomes golden brown.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 1 hour.

I like the balance between the sweetness and the sourness of the lemon tart. No meringue on the top of this one, and perfect with tea!

Bonne dégustation !

PS: You don’t need to precook the crust.

I baked this lemon tart for the first time when I was living in Paris (I was a young child), and once a week I prepared something sweet or just a simple dish for my family. The recipe has since not changed a bit, and I still savor it as much as the first time!

73 Comments Add yours

  1. These look beautiful! I am a huge fan of Lemon and could eat all of this in one sitting! I adore that beautiful caramelized top!

    1. Thank you so much for your nice comment 🙂 Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

  2. Linda!!! Can you adopt me pleeease???😍😍😋😋

    1. platedujour says:

      I keep asking her too haha 😛😛

      1. You’re welcome anytime Farianti 😀 ❤

  3. Oh my, I just love this tart. I wish I was sitting at your table with that cup of coffee and tart!

    1. Thank you Julie 🙂 I wish that too. Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. safia-safou says:

    mmmm la tarte au citron j’adore loukane khir djit koudamek

    1. Issalmek Lala Safou 🙂 Kach nhar Inshallah ya khti…

  5. Linda, adopt me too please 😊😜😍😍😍😘

    1. You too 😀 You’re welcome my Dear Sonal. I can imagine the zest and vitality in my house 😉

      1. 😘😘😘😘❤️

  6. Nancy says:

    Heck…as long as you’re adopting people…I’m available too!! This tart is absolutely beautiful and looks soooo delicious. 😛

    1. Come Nancy, a full house is always a fun house 😉 The tart was really good. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Loretta says:

    Were you giving out your address which I might have missed due to my absence? Oh darn, how gorgeous are these individual tarts! The pastry always looks a tad intimidating, but one of these days I’m just gonna have to try these Linda. Brilliant, as always!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet words, Loretta 🙂 Trust me, this crust is very easy to prepare (you can use a food processor) if you want. In this recipe you don’t need to precook the crust. Very simple and do let me know how it turns out.

      1. Loretta says:

        Then try it I must Linda, after making some conversions on the measurements. 🙂

    1. Thank you Melissa 🙂

  8. Jhuls says:

    Yay! You are little early today, Linda. And I am happy you are because I get to taste this amazing desert of yours. Thanks for bringing such beautiful dish. Happy FF and enjoy your weekend! ❤

    1. I was early because I knew you will be the first to try my tart 😀 Thank you for co-hosting this week FF ❤

  9. I love lemon tarts. ohh! Linda I wish you were my teacher, every single post of yours is better than the other you are amazing xx

    1. Maulshri, you’re too sweet to me. You really made my day. If we were neighbors I would love to exchange our recipes and cook with you. Have a fab weekend xx

  10. bakeaffairs says:

    The Tart looks delicious and the pictures are beautiful!!! I saved the recipe and can’t hardly wait to try it out!! Thank you for sharing and a lovely weekend.

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 Do let me know how it turns out and enjoy the rest of the weekend too!

    1. Thank you Elaine 🙂 Have a fab Sunday xx

  11. My one weakness – lemon tart.

    1. Thank you so much Michelle 🙂

  12. Beautiful tart! It looks delicious 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Natalie 🙂

  13. Such a fun little recipe, I think I will have to try this! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 Have a nice week!

    1. Thanks a lot Michelle 🙂

  14. platedujour says:

    Linda this tart looks fabulous and they love it here- sure you lived in Paris! All French are crazy about lemon tart! I’m on strike recently, don’t really cook much but I guess I should resume my responsibilities in the kitchen- my boyfriend would be so happy 😛👏👏

    1. Marta you are welcome 😉 It is true that they are very popular in Paris and always served with a cup of tea and slices of lemon on the side. Ha, ha, ha, you are on strike 😀 and for how long? I love your idea, take a break (fais toi chouchouter)…Have a wonderful week. I’m on my way to go to swim 😉 xx

  15. Wow, that third photo… I really like the looks of this lemon tart. Not just any lemon tart! 😛

    1. Love the third picture too Fae 🙂 The best part was biting directly into the tart 😛

  16. This sounds amazing! Pinning:)

    1. Thank you so much for the pinning, Olga 🙂 Have a nice week!

  17. milkandbun says:

    Those tarts look amazingly good, Linda! simple and elegant! Tasty treat for any occasion!
    Thank you for sharing at FF; Enjoy! xoxo

    1. Thank you so much, Mila 🙂 Thanks for co-hosting this week FF. Have a wonderful week xx

  18. Abida says:

    These look so lovely. I love lemons in desserts and really want to try out lemon tart.

    1. Thank you very much, Abida 🙂 I love lemons too and this tart is very simple to prepare!

  19. bitsofnice says:

    Love everything you make, gorgeous tart! 🙂

    1. Thank you for your kind words, I really appreciate 🙂 Have a wonderful week!

  20. Amazing Linda, anything with lemon sounds perfect to me!

    1. Thank you Margherita 🙂 I agree with you, this little yellow fruit is amazing!

  21. tentimestea says:

    The caramelization on the top of the tart looks divine!

    1. Thank you very much 🙂

  22. Lili says:

    I love lemon tarts too! They’re one of my favourite desserts. Yours looks lovely and yummy! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Lili 🙂 Sweet and tangy!

  23. So very lovely Linda! I adore lemon tarts (as does the rest of my family!) and will definitely be making this recipe very soon! 🙂

    1. Thank you very much, Margot 🙂 The crust tastes like a real sablé (same recipe since ages) and the filling is simple but really yummy!

  24. woot woot ! This is D.E.C.A.D.E.N.T !!

    1. Thank you so much Prachi 🙂

  25. Feast Wisely says:

    Lovely photos as always – will have to try this when the lemon price drops a little!

    1. Thank you so much, Laura 🙂 Do let me know how it turns out!

    1. Thank you so so much, Vidhya 🙂

  26. skd says:

    The lemon filling recipe is so simple yet delicious and flavorful. Eggs and lemon and corn starch. Love the sweet and sour combination. I must try this soon 🙂 And the tart shells were not pre baked yet they are so amazingly cooked along. Excellent one Linda 🙂

    1. Thanks a lot skd 🙂 I’m glad you like the recipe. This one is fresh and so easy to prepare. We really love this tart at home. Have an early wonderful weekend 😉

      1. skd says:

        Have a wonderful weekend too Linda 😊

      2. skd says:

        I would love to try it ☺

  27. Francesca says:

    I love lemon tarts! The sourness of the lemon contrasting beautifully with the sweetness of the crust … simply divine! Your tart looks stunning and the pics are so lovely!

    1. Thank you Francesca for your nice comment. I’m so glad you like the recipe. Have a great day 🙂

  28. Fantastic recipe Linda! I like that you have used whole wheat for the base and that it turns out so good without pre baking the crust!! Would love to try this some day:)

    1. Thank you so much, Shy 🙂 Usually I don’t feel comfortable with pre-baking crust (never know when is the best time to remove the crust from the oven). With this recipe is simple and classic. I hope you will love it 🙂

  29. Sophie33 says:

    Your lemon tartlets look amazing & must be so wonderful in the mouth! MMMMMMM!
    Georgous appetizing photos too, as usual! 😉 xxx

    1. Thank you so much Sophie 🙂 Have a great day xx

Leave a Reply to Sophie33 Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s