Lemon Tart with Walnut Crust

  • Active Time 10m
  • Total Time 3h
  • Rating ****

Yields one 9 1/2-inch tart

A light and bright lemon tart ends the meal on a perfect note. A crust made with ground walnuts and a silky smooth, tangy filling make every mouthful of tart deliciously interesting. The recipe yields enough dough to make two crusts. You can freeze the extra raw dough, well wrapped, for up to two months.


  • For the Crust:
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 12 tablespoons butter, slightly softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • For the Filling:
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 or 3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


FOR THE CRUST: In a food processor, grind the walnuts to a fine grind. You should have about 1/2 cup. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and confectioners' sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg; mix to combine. Lower the speed to slow and add the flour, mixing until barely combined. Add the walnuts and continue mixing, scraping the sides of the bowl, until the dough comes together. Divide the dough. Wrap the half you'll be using in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Wrap the other half well in plastic and then in foil and freeze for future


Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9 1/2-inch tart pan. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a round about 1/8 inch thick. Arrange it in the pan, trimming to fit. Line the crust with foil or kitchen parchment and weigh down with beans or pie weights. Bake until the edge is light golden brown, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the beans and foil and bake until the bottom is dry and light brown, about another 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.

FOR THE FILLING: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar and whisk until just combined. Add the lemon juice and cream and whisk until just combined. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer and pour into the prepared pie crust.

Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake the tart until the filling is set, 25-30 minutes. Cool at room temperature. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Serving size = 1/8 tart

Recipe reprinted by permission of <I>Fine Cooking<. All rights reserved.

RecID 2482

nutrition information per serving

525 calories; 31g total fat; 200mg cholesterol; 19mg sodium; 56g carbohydrates; 1g fiber; 8g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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