Lemon Tartlets

Chilled buttery lemon curd fills individual flaky tart shells enhanced by the flakier and richer qualities produced by Challenge European Style.




6-12 tartlets




Lemon Curd

  • 4-5 lemons, zest and juice
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) Challenge European Style Butter (cut into ½-inch cubes)
  • 5 eggs<, well beaten

Tart Shells

  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup (1 stick) Challenge European Style Butter, cold and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • slices of fresh strawberries or kiwi


Lemon Curd

  • 1

    Remove zest from lemons with a lemon zester or fine grater (Use the yellow portion of the peel and avoid any of the bitter white portions.) Juice lemons (about a cup). Combine lemon juice and zest with sugar in a heavy 2-quart saucepan.

  • 2

    Heat over medium heat until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and add butter, stirring until completely melted. Whisk in eggs.

  • 3

    Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and coats back of spoon. Pour mixture through fine-mesh strainer; discard peel.

  • 4

    Chill curd before filling tarts.

Tart Shells

  • 5

    Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • 6

    Combine flour and sugar. Cut in cold butter until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add egg and mix until evenly moistened.

  • 7

    Divide mixture into small tart pans (twelve, 3-inch pans or six, 4½-inch pans). Press dough evenly over bottom and sides.

  • 8

    Place tart pans on baking sheet and bake 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

  • 9

    Let cool. Remove from pans, fill with chilled lemon curd, garnish with fresh fruit slices and serve.


  • !

    Lemon curd is also delicious on scones or as a cake filling.

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