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Lemon Tart with Walnut Crust

Yield: Yields one 9-1/2-inch tart.

The recipe yields enough dough to make two crusts. You can freeze the extra raw dough, well wrapped, for up to two months. The amounts of some ingredients are listed by weight (ounces) and by volume (cups and tablespoons); use either measurement.


For the crust:

  • 2 oz. (1/2 cup) chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 6 oz. (12 Tbs.) butter, slightly softened
  • 2 oz. (1/2 cup) confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 7-3/4 oz. (1-3/4 cups) flour

For the filling:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice (from 2 or 3 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on ten servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 290
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 140
  • Fat (g): 15
  • Saturated Fat (g): 8
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5
  • Cholesterol (mg): 130
  • Sodium (mg): 105
  • Carbohydrates (g): 34
  • Fiber (g): 0
  • Protein (g): 5


  • For the crust—In a food processor, grind the walnuts to a fine grind. You should have about 1/2 cup. Using an electric mixer with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and confectioners’ sugar at high speed until light and fluffy. Add the egg; mix to combine. Lower the speed to slow and add the flour, mixing until barely combined. Add the walnuts and continue mixing, scraping the sides of the bowl, until the dough comes together. Divide the dough. Wrap the half you’ll be using in plastic and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Wrap the other half well in plastic and then in foil and freeze for future use.
  • Heat the oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a 9-1/2-inch tart pan. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a round about 1/8 inch thick. Arrange it in the pan, trimming to fit. Line the crust with foil or kitchen parchment and weight with beans or pie weights. Bake until the edge is light golden brown, about 20 minutes. Carefully remove the beans and foil and bake until the bottom is dry and light brown, about another 5 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  • For the filling—Heat the oven to 350°F. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar and whisk until just combined. Add the lemon juice and cream and whisk until just combined. Strain the mixture through a fine strainer and pour into the prepared pie crust.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 325°F. Bake the tart until the filling is set, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool at room temperature. Serve at room temperature or chilled.


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Reviews (3 reviews)

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    GabrieleBriggs | 06/05/2020

    This is one of my family's favorites, especially made with Meyer lemons from my tree. I agree with the other commenters that the curd is too runny. After many tries, I decided to cook it on the stove until thickened, then pour it into the pastry shell. It makes a huge difference! I like using some lemon zest in it as well. I've had some problems with the pastry shrinking and cracking on the first bake, so saved some dough to fix those cracks.

  • bibietlolo | 06/28/2016

    I chose the recipe because the filling was super easy to make. I neglected to read the part on the crust. Although it sounded great, i only had an hour to prep. I decided to make the crust used for the cranberry/pear tart which I had made in the past and is super easy to make. The tart was a great success! Everyone loved it! It is important to place the tart pan on a cookie sheet before pour the filling as its very liquidy. I will definitely make this tart again!!!

  • swpotts | 02/12/2010

    I like this recipe because you don't have to make the curd first, it all just goes right into the tart shell. I grated some zest in with the sugar and rubbed it together with my fingers to get some of the lemon oil into the sugar, and then when I put the mixture through the strainer all the zest was held back. Only do this if you like it more tart!Also, be careful when you put the tart in the oven, it is very runny. Next time I am going to to put the tart crust on a cookie sheet, put that in the oven and then pour in the lemon mixture. Mine sloshed around a little (but still tasted great and looked good...)

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