Recipe for my Favorite Lemon Tart; French Tarte au Citron


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Mouth-watering Lemon Tart Recipe

 

Delicious Lemon Tart Recipe – French Tarte au Citron

Are you like me – when warm weather appears, you yearn for berries and tart fruit flavors for dessert? One of my favorite recipes is this one for  Tarte au Citron, adapted from 3 or 4 recipes over the years  There are 2  secrets, and the most important is the hazelnut crust, which blends exquisitely with the creamy lemon filling. Thank you to Sunset Cookbooks and my 30 year old  piecrust recipe, adapted from their Perfect Nut Crust.  The original recipe recommended almonds or walnuts.  Hazlenuts are more common in France so substituted one day and it tastes even better. Pecans are delicious too.

The second secret is the filling, adding delicious English Lemon Curd (excellent on toast as well).  If you don’t have lemon curd, you can substitute lemon marmalade.

Hazlenut Crust

10 ounces finely chopped hazelsnuts

½ pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

1/3 C sugar

3 C flour

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350° F or 180° C

Mix all ingredients together with an electric mixer.

Divide the mixture in half and press into two 9 inch pie plates or small tart pans.  Chill for half an hour before baking.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Lemon Filling

4 medium eggs

6 oz.  sugar

4 oz.  butter, softened to room temperature

1  Cup Lemon Curd (I add a whole jar of lemon curd or about 1 1/4 cups.  If you can’t find lemon curd, substitute 1/2  C lemon marmalade and increase crème fraiche below to 5 Tbsp)

3 Tbsp crème fraiche or sour cream

Grated zest from 1 orange

3 lemons, grated rind and juice

Heat oven to 375° F or 190° C.

Cream the butter and sugar until fluffy.  Beat the eggs and work them into the creamed mixture along with the lemon curd, crème fraiche, lemon juice and grated rinds. Pour into pie shell and bake for 45 minutes.

Let cool to room temperature and serve. Delicious!

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Delicious lemon tart or French Tarte au Citron with Hazelnut Crust

4 Responses to “Recipe for my Favorite Lemon Tart; French Tarte au Citron”

  1. ronjeanine@gmail.com' Ron Frank says:

    Thank you for the lemon pie recipe; We will try it. In our many previous visits, we always headed FIRST to the Rostan Restaurant (across from Luxemborg Gardens), for their tarte au citron by a friend in Paris. Alas, since the Rostan changed owners, they no longer served the tarte citron. Is your recipe similar?

    We WILL BE in Paris on Sept. 5-12; Do you have a recommendation for the best Tarte Citron?

    Love your nesletter over the past many years.

    Merci, merci ! Ron

  2. ronjeanine@gmail.com' Ron Frank says:

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    August 11, 2011 at 10:35 pm
    Thank you for the lemon pie recipe; We will try it. In our many previous visits, we always headed FIRST to the Rostan Restaurant (across from Luxemborg Gardens), for their tarte au citron by a friend in Paris. Alas, since the Rostan changed owners, they no longer served the tarte citron. Is your recipe similar?

    We WILL BE in Paris on Sept. 5-12; Do you have a recommendation for the best Tarte Citron?

    Love your nesletter over the past many years.

    Merci, merci ! Ron

  3. maddersb@gmail.com' madelyn says:

    Hi Ron,
    Than you so much for the compliment on our newsletter! I haven’t found a tarte au Citron in Paris quite like this recipe, which is much creamier and runnier than the ones I’ve bought at patisseries or restaurants. I ate a delicious one from a patisserie near our daughter’s orthodontist on rue Ampere in the 17th — sorry I can’t remember the name! if you’re interested, will get their details next time she has a check up.
    Best regards, Madelyn

  4. Keepsakels@yahoo.com' Laura says:

    Hi Madelyn! Does this recipe make two pies? I think this sounds delicious and will be trying soon! Thank you for including your recipes….they always look so beautiful.

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