French Lemon Tart

  • Yield: 10 servings


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


  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).

Nutritional Info *per serving

  • Calories 265
  • Fat 15g
  • Saturated Fat 7g
  • Cholesterol 155mg
  • Sodium 191mg
  • Carbohydrate 28g
  • Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 17g
  • Protein 5g