Lemon Tart Recipe, Gluten Free and Grain Free Option

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Lemon Tart Curd Recipe

Lemon Curd Tart Recipe, Gluten Free from Spinach TIger

If you love lemons, you’ll go completely weak in the knees for this lemon curd tart recipe. It is as good as it looks with the appropriate balance between sweet and tart!

I adapted the recipe from the gluten free baking cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen, a cookbook I can’t put down. I added the lemon thyme at the end, which takes this tart from a 10 to an 11.

Here is why this lemon curd tart recipe will make you happy.

  • The pastry crust cuts neatly without falling apart and that’s what you want with a tart.
  • The recipe will make a full sized tart or 6 to 8 mini tarts, perfect for portion control or playing around. We put blueberries on some of the small tarts, a perfect marriage. What is it about blueberries and lemons?
  • There is no flour in the filling, making it more lemony, more curd-like and less pudding like.
  • The tart and sweet is simply divine. I watched people’s faces as they ate these tarts, and the response was always the same. My family wanted more and hated when the last bite was gone!
Tangy Lemon Curd Tart Recipe, Gluten Free

Lemon Curd Tart Recipe

Many lemon tart recipes have flour in the filling. This does NOT.

It does have a lot more egg yolks, less butter than most, but also has some heavy cream. You could leave the heavy cream out and add in more butter. Unlike the recipe, I chose to mix it on top of the stove Bain Marie style. This means cooking in a stainless steel bowl placed over simmering water or a double boiler.

The Tart Crust is Buttery, Much like Shortbread, and Has Stability

I have a great recipe for a shortbread tart crust here and a gluten free shortbread crust here. To make this grain free and keto friendly make this almond flour tart crust.

A tart crust must be able to hold a filling, cut without crumbling, and not get soggy. You could even up the flavor, by zesting some lemon into the flour when making the dough.

I have discovered I like using my Kitchen Aid Mixer with a fitted paddle for making shortbread crust, but you can use a food processor also.

You can get all my latest tips for making the gluten free tart crust here, which equally apply to an all-purpose flour crust.

The Gluten Free version is so good. Just ask the twins. This was taken six years ago. You should see them now. They still like this recipe.

Ways to Play Around with this Lemon Curd Tart Recipe

You can skip the crust and serve the chilled lemon curd parfait style.

Bake like a pudding, daring to add blueberries into the mix.

Top with your favorite complimentary fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.

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Lemon Tart Recipe, Gluten Free Option

Lemon Curd tart, so versatile, made in one large tart on in several small tarts, can be topped with baker’s sugar or fruit.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 recipe for gluten free tart crust or for grain free tart crust Grain Free Recipe Here
  • 2 large eggs plus 7 large yolks
  • 1 cup sugar or Swerve for Sugar Free
  • zest of two lemons
  • juice of 4 large lemons
  • pinch salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream see notes


  • Whisk eggs.
  • Set into a stainless bowl that can sit over a pot of simmering water (bain marie).
  • Add juice of lemons, lemon zest, salt, sugar and 4 tablespoons butter.
  • Stir until heated to 170 degrees, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from stove, take through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Add cream or add in three more tablespoons butter. Stir.
  • Cool. Place a piece of plastic wrap over lemon curd, once cooled if not using right away.
  • Bake a pre-made tart crust for approximately 25 minutes at 375 degrees F. If tart crust is frozen, no need to use pie weights. If not, spray a piece of parchment or foil with baking spray or butter and cover tart crust. Use pie weights over the foil.
  • Remove from oven. Pour in lemon curd.
  • Place back in oven for 10-15 minutes.
  • Remove and cool for two hours.
  • Garnish small pieces of lemon thyme if you have it.


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  1. Can you please be more specific than “juice of 4 lemons”? Lemons are so varied in size; large lemons in the store are half the size of the large lemons from my tree. It’s such a vague measurement, so there’s no way I can know if I’m even remotely in the range of the amount needed without a more precise measurement.

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