Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lemon Curd Tart

I have a quarter jar of homemade lemon curd left and was looking for recipes to use it for, instead of licking it off the spoon! :) Found this perfect recipe but I did make some changes to it. Firstly this recipe calls for curd cheese, I'm not even sure I've seen it before, so I just substitute with cream cheese. 

These are originally made in small mini mufiins pan or cupcake tins. I used the tart tins with daimeter of 3", and got about 15 tarts instead of 24 mini small tarts. According to the author, "These tasty little tarts are a popular tea-time treat in the North of England. They have a curd cheese and currant filling on a tangy layer of lemon curd."

The pastry is on the crunchy side and not as buttery soft as I expect it to be. But overall, this is a nice tart to have as a tea-time snack with a cup of tea. The lemon curd is so tangy and the sourness really pairs well with the cream cheese.

The tangy lemon curd!

The raisins add a lovely touch to the tangy tart.

I'm submitting this to :

(adapted from "Pastry Cook" by Catherine Atkinson)
Makes twenty-four
225gm/8oz/1 cup curd (farmer's cheese) (I use cream cheese)
2 eggs, beaten
75gm/3oz/6 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
5ml/1tsp finely grated lemon rind
50gm/2oz/1/4 cup currants
60ml/4 tbsp lemon curd
thick cream, to serve

For the pastry
275gm/10oz/2-1/2 cups plain (all-purpose) flour
pinch of salt
75gm/3oz/6 tbsp butter, diced
50gm/2oz/1/4 cup lard or white vegetable fat
60ml/4 tbsp chilled water (I use abt 5-6 tablespoons)

  1. To make the pastry, sift the flour and salt into a mixing bowl. Rub or cut in the fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Sprinkle the water over the dry ingredients and mix to a dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface for a few seconds until smooth. Chill.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Roll our the pastry thinly, stamp out 24 rounds using a 7.5cm/3in plain pastry cutter and use to line a mini muffin or cupcake tins. Chill until required.
  3. Cream the curd cheese with the eggs, sugar and lemon rind in a bowl. (I beat the cream cheese until smooth and add in eggs, sugar and lemon rind, continue creaming till smooth). Stir in the currant. Place 2.5ml/1/2 tsp of the lemon curd in the base of each tartlet case. Spoon on the filling, flatten the tops and bake for 35-40 minutes until just turning golden. Serve warm or cold, topped with thick cream.


  1. Thanks for the well wishes. I already get a paycheck from the fabric shop. But thanks for the winks.

    Lemon is my favorite. So good.

    Happy Weekend. Happy Eating.


  2. Hello your pies seem to me lovely and delicious,
    the pictures are making me mouth water...
    would say they are perfect!
    kisses and good weekend :)

  3. Wav, wonderful pics.. that last pic is soo tempting..yummy recipe!

  4. What cute tartlets!

  5. a Yorkshire lass I LOVE curd tarts, but curd tarts with lemon curd, now there is a BETTER idea all round as I am a bit if a fiend with the lemon curd! A tasty post!

  6. Asi partidos se ven muy bien.
    Un saludito

  7. Damn delicious and irresistible tart,looks super prefect..

  8. Wow these look rocking good ~ the pics are droolworthy!

  9. I think I would really like these. I love lemon curd, and I think the cream cheese sounds perfect with it.

  10. Look amazing!! I adore lemon curd!! gloria

  11. omg..those lemon curd filled tartlets look sensational!

  12. I love lemon curd! A nice fresh flavour with tea.

  13. Joy, these are gorgeous! They look so pretty. I think cream cheese was an excellent choice. I don't even know what curd cheese is so I would have done the same. Perfect for tea time! I hope you're having a great weekend!

  14. You never cease to amaze me with your baking skills, dear sis!

  15. These tarts look awesome! I'll have 5 for breakfast please :)

  16. This looks really yummy.. but I was wondering if you could do a post on "egg tarts"? :D

  17. hi, looks lovely. I love lemon curd, i was thinking of making lemon curd too, theni changed my mine, just use that for spread.

  18. I love anything lemon and your modification suits me well ad I do not have farmer's cheese in stock :) ! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Look amazing,me encantan estas tartaletas de limón,abrazos.

  20. i love that the curd is encased in the middle :)

  21. Such cute little tarts! I love the scrumptious filling too!

  22. Such cute little lemon tarts! I love lemon curd, and it looks like it makes a wonderful filling inside these. They make me feel like having a cup of tea! :)

  23. I like lemon curd and just bought two jars home from England. I will have to try out this recipe soon. Those mini tasrts look delicious!

  24. This sounds delicious, the tartness of the curd will make these tarts very appetizing!

  25. Congratulations, Joyce! Your caption has been selected and is posted today. I changed ONE word. Just ONE word.

  26. These tarts are so cute and look scrumptious! I will have to try these very soon! Thanks for the great recipe!

  27. The lemon curd should be called Temptation. It looks yummy. I would love it if you linked it to Bake with Bizzy.

  28. lemon curd tarts look uberly delicious esp the pics showing the liquidy insides :)