I am sure you will quickly discover, I am a big fan of lemon. They are colorful, sweet, and oh-so-delicious! How could I resist? I usually have a bag of lemons sitting in my refrigerator just waiting to be tossed into a dinner or dessert.
And while we are on the subject, I am just a big fan of fruit in general. Nature’s candy.
So I give you…Lemon Raspberry Tart. Two-for-one on that nature’s candy deal.
This recipe is pretty straight forward. Don’t let a tart shell and a curd intimidate you! You can do it! But if you feel really unnerved by making a curd, they sell lemon curd in a jar at the grocery store. I am sure no one will be able to tell a difference. It can be our little secret. Shhh…
I am all about homemade goods – mainly because I enjoy the process of making everything. I like understanding the chemistry and I feel like a mad scientist. But if it comes down to it, don’t sweat it. Nobody will know the filling is store bought.
This tart includes a buttery and sturdy crust, a thin layer of raspberry jam (because yum), a thick layer of smooth lemon curd, and topped off with upside-down fresh raspberries. It may seem a bit summer-y, but I prefer to enjoy it at all times of the year.
I heard Valentine’s Day is Thursday! I think I just found the dessert for you. Wow your Valentine (or Galentines, right?) with this simple stunner!Print Recipe
Lemon Raspberry Tart
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3 large egg yolks
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup lemon juice freshly squeezed
- Zest from 2 lemons
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 cup raspberry jam
- 12 ounces fresh raspberries (Do not use frozen!)
- In the bowl of a food processor, blitz together flour, sugar, and salt briefly to combine.
- Cut the butter into 1 tablespoon pieces (approximately). With the food processor on low, drop the tablespoons of butter into the flour mixture one at a time. Wait about 3-5 seconds before adding in the next one to make sure the butter does not clump together.
- Once all the butter has been added, pour in the vanilla and blitz for another 10-15 seconds, or until the crust resembles wet sand.
- Let the crust rest in the bowl for about 20 minutes. While it is resting, preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Press the crust into the bottom of a 9″ tart pan (with a removable bottom). Make sure the crust goes all the way up the sides of the tart pan. It may be helpful to use a spoon or the back of a measuring cup to make sure the crust is packed tightly.
- Place a piece of parchment paper over the crust, and fill the whole tart with baking beads or dry beans. This will prevent the crust from bubbling up or sliding down the sides of the pan. Bake for 20-22 minutes. You will know it is done when the tart shell is no longer shiny but is not yet brown.
- When the tart crust is done, remove it from the oven and let it come to room temperature. If you have not yet made the lemon curd, wrap the tart shell in plastic wrap (still in the pan) and set aside until you are ready to assemble.
- To make the lemon curd, add the egg yolks, sugar, and lemon zest to a heavy saucepan. Place over medium heat and cook until the mixture is thick and slowly bubbling (but do not wait for a rapid boil, as it will be overcooked). It is important you whisk constantly while the pot is on the stove. (Otherwise, you will end up with scrambled eggs.) This takes approximately 7-10 minutes.
- Once the curd has thickened (it should be able to coat the back of a wooden spoon), strain it through a fine mesh sieve, to remove any lumps, into a clean bowl.
- With the lemon curd in the new bowl, add in the lemon zest and butter. Whisk until smooth.
- When the lemon curd is no longer steaming (warm is okay), cover the bowl in plastic wrap, pressing the wrap against the surface of the curd.
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or overnight, to cool.
- When the lemon curd has cooled, you can begin to assemble.
Putting It All Together
- Spread the raspberry jam in an even layer over the bottom of the tart shell. Spoon the lemon curd on top of the raspberry layer. Using an offset spatula, gently spread the lemon curd out to create an even layer. Go slowly to make sure the raspberry jam and the lemon curd layers do not mix together.
- Rinse the fresh raspberries under cool water. Pat them dry. Place the raspberries bottom up on top of the lemon curd in the design of your choice. Press the raspberries into the lemon curd slightly, to make sure they are securely placed.
- Refrigerate for at least one more hour before serving. The tart can be kept overnight if covered in the refrigerator.
- When ready to serve, remove the sides of the tart shell pan. If desired, you may top with a bit of powdered sugar.
- If you do not have a tart shell, this can alternatively be made in a pie plate. However, it may be harder to remove from the pan if the sides do not come off.
- If you do not have a fine mesh sieve, it is okay to skip the straining part. However, just make sure the mixture is completely smooth throughout and remove any lumps with a spoon.