Lemon Tart

  • Serves

    serves 8

(Tarte au Citron)
This is the way French chef Sylvain Cudelou of Aux Tonneaux des Halles made his scrumptious tart for us.



  • 2 12 cups flour
  • 12 cup superfine sugar
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 16 tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces


  • 6 eggs
  • 1 14 cups sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 6 tbsp. heavy cream


Step 1

For the pastry: Preheat oven to 375°. Sift together flour, sugar, and salt into a mixing bowl. Beat together 1 of the eggs and the yolk in a small bowl, then add eggs, along with the butter, to the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter or 2 knives to work butter and eggs into flour until mixture resembles coarse meal. Transfer to a clean surface and, working with a handful at a time, knead mixture with the heel of your hand into a smooth dough. Gather together and knead briefly to form a smooth ball, then dust with flour.

Step 2

Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 14" round, then carefully ease into a 12" false-bottomed tart pan. (Pinch dough back together if it tears or cracks.) Run rolling pin over the top of the pan to cut off overhanging dough, then prick crust with a fork. Line dough with parchment paper, add pie weights or dried beans, and bake on a cookie sheet until edge of crust is golden, about 25 minutes. Beat remaining egg in a bowl. Remove parchment and weights from crust, brush bottom with egg, and continue baking until crust is golden, 5-7 minutes more. Set aside to cool.

Step 3

For the filling: Reduce oven to 300°. Beat eggs and sugar in a medium bowl until thick and well mixed. Gradually add lemon juice, then cream, whisking constantly. Pour filling (you may have a little extra) into prepared crust and bake until filling is set, about 40 minutes. Allow to cool completely before serving.

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