I Make Lemon Tarts, Luscious Lemon Tarts

And then I force people to eat them.

Luscious Lemon Tart

This recipe was inspired by Dufflet’s  French Lemon Tart which I first ordered through Grocery Gateway but wanted not ot have to buy the whole tart (which runs about $10 and is way more lemony goodness than I want to eat before it goes bad.)

So through research, trial and error, I developed this great recipe for lemon tarts that is absolutely fantastic!  (I’ve tried for lime, key lime, and blood orange with significantly less success. But that’s okay, I love lemon.)

I Make Lemon Tarts
Lex's Luscious Lemon Tarts

Lex’s Luscious Lemon Tarts Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • 1c Icing Sugar
  • 12T lemon juice
  • 1T Hot Water
  • 1T Cornstarch
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2T butter
  • zest of 1 lemon (opt: zest of 1 lime)
  • 1 package of tart shells


  1. Blind bake the tart shells as per the instructions on the package.  Then cool to room temperature.
  2. In a saucepan on medium, mix icing sugar, lemon juice, hot water, cornstarch and the beaten egg.
  3. Stir, and keep stirring until thick.
  4. Remove from heat and beat in the butter and zest.
  5. Let cool and fill the tarts shells.
  6. Chill.  (Or just gorby them down as-is.)
  7. Before serving, if you are feeling fancy, dust them with icing sugar.


Yes, I buy the frozen, prepackaged tart shells because they are so damned easy and cheap. Besides the Tenderflake ones have exactly the same list of ingredients as my recipes (which is from the back of the Tenderflake box).

Note, this is not true for all frozen tart and pie shells out there.  Read your labels.  Besides, if I’m making one big pie, I make the pastry myself. It’s crafting all the tiny little tart shells that make my eyes cross and my hand twitch.

Alexa Clark

Alexa is a digital marketer and author with over 20 years in digital & interactive communications in the food and tech industries. Alexa's CheapEats Restaurant Guides, for both Toronto & Ottawa, were Canadian best sellers. She is a recognized authority on social media and has been named one of Canada's 20 Leading Women in Social Media.

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