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Creamy Lemon and Raspberry Tart

While those of us in the northern part of the world are sitting around waiting for spring to come, it's nice to know that lemons are within easy reach. Not only do they perk up any salad, bring out the best in seafood and look cheery on the counter, they're a blessing when you've had your fill with apples and pears. (I love both apples and pears, but it's nice to give them a little time off in the winter, don't you think?)

I've got a bunch of lemon desserts that I turn to this time of year, but one of my favorites is a lemon tart I learned to make when I was working with Daniel Boulud on Cafe Boulud Cookbook It's an elegant tart with a filling made with whole lemons—zest, juice and pulp—so that it's tart, tart, tart, as in really puckery.

Daniel lines the pre-baked sweet tart shell with raspberries before he pours in the lemon mix. I know, raspberries aren't really in season now, at least not where I am, but they're available and, if, unlike me, you were a good saver and tucked some of summer's berries in the freezer, you can have a fully seasonal tart, something both delicious and culinarily correct.

A word on the tart shell. It needs to be partially baked, which means you should bake the crust, covered with foil, for about 25 minutes in a 375°F oven. If you'd like, you can bake it for a few minutes without the foil before you cool it, fill it with the lemon mixture and then finish baking the dessert. You can use my sweet tart dough for this recipe.

About the author: Dorie Greenspan is the author of several books on dessert, most recently Baking: From My Home to Yours. Dorie can also be found at and on the Bon Appétit website, where she is a special correspondent.

Creamy Lemon and Raspberry Tart

Adapted from The Cafe Boulud Cookbook

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