Meyer Lemon Tart


Meyer Lemon Tart recipe picturesThis week has been all about the meyer lemons for us, and I totally support it. Yesterday Kara asked for meyer lemon recipe suggestions and it looks like we’ve gotten some total winners. Meyer lemon pound cake? Yes please! Isn’t there something similar to that at Starbucks? It’s like a lemony loaf and it’s awesome! And now…what better way to end the work week than with a dessert that’s refreshing, slightly tart, sweet and lemon-licious? That was cheesy. :-/


Recently we’ve been making a conscious effort to eat healthier. Lots of fish and vegetables, Greek yogurt, baby spinach, fruits, all that good stuff. You probably wouldn’t know it from our blog though. Even though I did post an awesome and healthy salmon recipe just days ago, it’s just more fun to write about desserts! And I’ll always need to have some kind of sweets in my life, even if it’s just a taste every so often. We made these tarts last weekend then took them to a family party that night, so we didn’t need to feel too guilty. I did try a few bites though and…yum!!

You can easily make this meyer lemon tart using store bought lemon curd, we really like Trader Joe’s lemon curd. But if you’re feeling adventurous, definitely try this out. It’s not hard at all and it made enough to fill all these tarts with leftovers to shmear on toast for breakfast all week. Meyer Lemon Tart recipe pictures


In a food processor, pulse flour, sugar, egg yolk, salt and butter for 30 to 60 seconds


Add half the water and pulse a few more times. Dough should resemble a coarse meal. Add remaining water if needed


The dough is ready when you can clench it in your hand and it stays together


Form the dough into a disk, refrigerate for 30 minutes then take it out and roll the dough out


Place dough over the tart shells and push the dough into the sides. We used mini shells


Cover with aluminum foil then fill with cooking beans


Bake until golden brown


Fill with meyer lemon curd then bake for about 15 more minutes, or until set

Meyer Lemon Tart recipe pictures

These tarts were so refreshingly tasty!


Meyer Lemon Tart

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Dessert


  • 1 pound dried beans10-inch tart pan-OR-6 3½-inch minitart pans


  • 1 stick cold butter, cut into pea-size pieces
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 2-4 tbsp cold water

For garnish

  • (optional):berriesconfectioners’ sugar, or dusting on top


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Put the butter, sugar, flour, egg yolk and salt in a foodprocessor and pulse for 30 to 60 seconds, or until the texture resembles acoarse meal.
  • Add half of the cold water and pulse the food processor 2to 3 times. The dough should begin coming together. Add the rest of the waterif needed. When the dough has reached the proper consistency, transfer it to aclean work surface. You will know the dough is ready when you grab a fistful andit stays together.
  • Dust dough with flour and form the dough into a disk.Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for at least 30 minutes.Oncethe dough is out of the refrigerator, roll the dough out to about ¼-inchthickness on a lightly floured work surface.
  • Lay the dough over the tart pan. If you’re working withone tart pan, push the dough into the sides of the tart pan then roll over thetop of the pan with a rolling pin to cut the extra dough from the pan. Ifyou’re working with a mini tart pan push the dough into the individual shellsthen cut the remaining dough off with a knife. Cover with aluminum foil.
  • Fill the tart shell(s) with dried beans and bake for 10 to 12 minutes(8-10 for a mini tart pan). Remove the foil and beans and bake for 2 to 3minutes longer. Remove from the oven and let cool, it should be golden and crisp.
  • After the crust has cooled, pour in the lemon curd and continue baking until the lemon curd has set, about 15 minutes. f the tarts aregetting too brown, cover with foil. Let cool completely before cutting.
  • Garnish with fresh berries and a dusting of confectioner’ssugar, if desired.
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