1 August 2016 / 10 Comments

Lemon TART

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“What can one person do?” whizzed pass me, displayed on the side of the local bus, next to the picture of smiling Nelson Mandela. I have heard these words many times before but they suddenly seemed more powerful now than ever before.

I have been struggling to write anything lately.A craftsmanship of turning thoughts into words is something I always admired. It has never really been a skill I’ve ownedย  but it became even harder to tell stories about food while what is happening around the world makes me so sad.

How can you talk about baking while at the same time you dread to put the morning news on and while the recent events make you feel so terribly helpless?

So what can one person do when life gives you more and more lemons and the world is turning into a sour place?

Make a lemon tart.And pass a slice to everyone around you. One person, in fact, can’t fix the world overnight, but what one person can do is to spread more kindness and maybe change another person’s life.And who knows, maybe that person will spread the love even further and changes someone else’s life too. Good deeds are contagious you know and I believe (although it might seem a little naive) we’ll wake up in a better place one day, filled with tolerance, a place where things like your gender, colour of your skin, what language you speak, who you love and who you are won’t matter.Because they simply DON’T.This is the world I’m going to fight for.

Let’s be the change that we want to see in the world. That’s what we all can do.

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Ingredients for the pastry:

  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons icing sugar
  • 120 g butter, cold
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Sift the flour, add the butter and rub it into flour with your fingertips until the dough will resemble crumble. Add the egg yolk, sugar, lemon juice and quickly knead. Form the dough into a ball, flatten into a disc using palm of your hand (it will roll out easier), wrap in cling film and cool in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

After removing the dough from the fridge roll it out and line a 24 cm round tray. Prick the pastry with the fork. Put the baking paper on the top of the pastry followed by baking beans to keep it in place while baking. Bake at 190C for 15 minutes. After that time remove the paper and bake an additional 5-10 minutes until lightly browned.

Ingredients for the lemon filling:

  • 5 eggs
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 2 teaspoons potato starch or cornstarch
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey (optional)
  • grated zest of 2 lemons
  • 150 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well until smooth.

Transfer the lemon filling onto the pastry. Bake 30 minutes at 180C until the top of the tart has set. You can cover the top with aluminium foil, if itโ€™s starting get a little bit too dark. Cool and put in the fridge for a few hours.

Serve with icing sugar, fruit or ice cream or all three ๐Ÿ™‚

Spread the love,




  1. Thank you Bea! This is the first time I have been to your site and I love it. It’s simple and beautiful and I couldn’t agree more with you about the state of the world and what we can do at the very least. I’m a pie baker and I believe that a lot of love can be passed along through pie. Really. It won’t change the world but it is one of those little – and amazing – things we can do for a start.

    1. Oh Mia!Thank you so much for your beautiful comment!I really think the same.A slice of pie can spread so much love!

  2. The ingredients of the filling, should i mix it until it becomes creamy or just mix it until combined “not over mixing” ?

    1. Sorry for not including this information in the recipe.Yes, mix it well until it’s creamy ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy baking!

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