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Creamy Lemon Tart

Lemon Tart is a sweet and tart dessert with an incredibly creamy, custard-like citrus filling on a buttery, homemade pie crust.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Lemon Tart
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 15 minutes
Cool: 2 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 slices
Calories 399kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 1 Amish crust or 9" store-bought pie crust
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest if making your own crust

Lemon tart filling:

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter cut into cubes
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 3 large egg yolks room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract



  • Follow the recipe for making the crust and also add 1 tablespoon of lemon zest to the ingredients.
  • Also, follow the instructions for blind baking the empty tart crust.
  • Allow to fully cool before adding the filling.

Lemon tart filling:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add all the ingredients to a medium saucepan and give them a good whisk to combine.
  • Place the saucepan on the stove over medium-low heat. Whisk constantly until the mixture thickens enough to hold its shape briefly on the surface of a spoon when dolloped, it should have a thick pudding, custard-like texture. The process will take about 5-8 minutes.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer strain the lemon curd.
  • Pour the lemon mixture into the tart shell and smooth the top using a spoon or spatula.
  • Bake for 5-8 minutes in the preheated oven. The filling will still have a soft custard texture, but it should not be liquidy. It will set more once cooled.


  • Cool the tart fully at room temperature and after that refrigerate it for a few hours to fully set.
  • Serve topped with fresh berries and whipped cream or ice cream on the side.



Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 179mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 713IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg