Tarte au Citron is definitely a favourite in our house, never lasting more than a day, the sharp lemon scent and flavour combines extremely well with the sweet pastry. Another great party dessert because you can happily make it the day before. And guess what? It freezes well too. Open freeze it, then wrap securely with foil and place back in the freezer. Let it thaw at room temperature for about 2 hours.
It’s not difficult to make but it is a little time consuming; only because of the chilling time for the pastry. Afraid of pastry? Don’t be! There is no magic formula or secret to pastry making – it’s all a conspiracy by pastry chefs to make you think it’s more difficult than it actually is! Let’s face it, when you approach it with trepidation or negativity, you might as well admit defeat from the word GO! Remember the Little Engine?
The pastry here is a sweet, soft, crumbly shortcrust, known as pate sucrée, so, you’ll want to handle it gently. Speed and temperature are crucial. Keep the flour and the sugar in the fridge to chill (30 minutes will do). I place my marble slab in the fridge too. Hey, if it takes you a few go’s to get it, that’s what it’s all about, right?
Be liberal with the flour or icing sugar on your work surface and here’s a tip for the top of the pastry. Place some cling film on the surface of the pastry as you roll it out, don’t worry it’ll lose its clinginess very quickly because of the butter. This will help give the crumbly pastry a smooth surface and keep its integrity by not having too much flour added to it.
The filling here is the sort you’ll find in many tarte au citrons or the less glamorously named Lemon Tarts! When you mix the lemon juice to the egg and cream custard base, the texture will change and thicken slightly, don’t panic, it’s supposed to. Another version of lemon tart is actually cooking the egg and cream mix to produce a proper custard, adding butter and then filling the case. One of these days, I’m going to make that one!
Tarte au Citron recipe, or lemon tart. Sharp lemon aroma and flavour in a homemade sweet pastry case. Total time does not include the hands off chilling time.
Tarte au Citron (Lemon Tart)
Tarte au Citron recipe, or lemon tart. Sharp lemon aroma and flavour in a homemade sweet pastry case.
Total time does not include the hands off chilling time.