French Lemon Tart

Kitchen Tested
  • Yield 10 servings

Tangy, sweet lemon curd with a splash of cream fills this luscious pie.

lemontart

Ingredients

1 -- (9-inch) pie crust
1 -- beaten egg
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons heavy cream
1 pinch salt
5 large eggs
-- Sweetened whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Prick the bottom and sides of piecrust with a fork. Line with a double thickness of aluminum foil, covering the edges. Fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake 10 minutes. Lift out foil and beans. Lightly beat an egg in a small bowl. Brush egg all over warm pastry. Bake pastry until firm and dry, about 5 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. To prepare filling, reduce oven temperature to 375F.
  4. Whisk together lemon juice, sugar, cream and salt. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Pour into pie shell.
  5. Bake until set, 25 to 28 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool 1 hour. Chill 2 to 3 hours before serving (cover with plastic wrap if storing longer). Serve with sweetened whipped cream.

Recipe reprinted with permission from Wini Moranville's The Bonne Femme Cookbook: Simple, Splendid Food That French Women Cook Every Day (Harvard Common Press, 2011).

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