It’s been a week of some serious treats at my house. It all started last Saturday with this birthday cake for my daughter.

Then, there was the Daring Baker’s challenge.

Next, these killer chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes for a Food52 contest…

And finally…this lemon cream tart. A tart so delicious, I can’t seem to find the words to do it proper justice.


For the last few weeks, I’ve been unable to stop buying bags of Meyer lemons every time I’m at the store.


I’ve been using them in lots of different ways including this healthy Meyer Lemon Pudding that I shared last week. But because they probably won’t be available here for too much longer, I decided to use my remaining Meyer lemons to make Dorie Greenspan’s Lemon Cream Tart.

This recipe comes from the book Baking: From My Home to Yours. The recipe is also available here, on Serious Eats.

Lemon cream is very much like lemon curd, only the butter is added/emulsified in at the end. Dorie gives credit for this technique/recipe to French pastry chef Pierre Herme.

Like lemon curd, lemon cream can be used on toast, muffins, scones, or pancakes. It’s also fabulous in between cake layers or, of course, as the filling for this tart.


Because I had leftover gluten-free graham crackers from the Daring Baker’s Challenge, I used these to make a graham cracker crust.


The crunchy sweet base filled with the cool lemon cream…


was perfect.

You can make a graham cracker crust with traditional store-bought graham crackers, if you like, or go ahead and use your favorite fully baked 9 inch tart shell. You can make the lemon cream ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator or freezer, but make sure to assemble the tart right before you plan to eat it.

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This tart is best the day it is made, but I’ve been eating the leftovers out of the freezer and it’s pretty darn delicious this way too!

A Little More Meyer Lemon Love:
Mrs. Wheelbarrow’s Meyer Lemon Curd Nanaimo Bars
Kelsey the Naptime Chef’s Meyer Lemon Rice Pudding
Local Lemons’ Local Meyer Limoncello
And for even more lovely lemon recipes, check out the Lemon LoveFest Library over at Wine Imbiber!


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    Gillian — January 28, 2010 @ 1:40 pm

    Hi! I came to see your DB Nanaimo Bars but got totally distracted by that birthday cake! I bet she was delighted too :-)

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    drwinnie — January 28, 2010 @ 4:34 pm

    Yes Gillian…she really loved it! It tasted great to, which is rare for me. Generally when I do an awesome job on the decoration, the taste is just ok, and conversely when the cake looks so-so, it tastes great!

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    Barbara Hunter — January 28, 2010 @ 5:15 pm

    I am drooling over this Meyer lemon tart!

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    Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef — January 28, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the link Winnie! This looks awesome! i have Dorie’s book and just marked the page for this tart, I am on such a Meyer lemon kick these days, I’ll make it next week. It must be something about Meyer lemons, the citrus just helps me beat the January blahs. I just put a fresh slice in my seltzer water – yum. Thanks for sharing your technique and recipe!

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    Stephanie — January 29, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

    Oh wow that looks great! I just discovered a tart crust that I love, which is made from almond flour from Elana’s ( cookbook. It tastes so much like a graham cracker crust. I might just have to pick me up some lemons and try this recipe!!

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    Y — January 30, 2010 @ 5:32 am

    What a wonderful treat! Meyer lemons aren’t as commonly available here, which is a shame because they’re so great to bake with.

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    Lauren — January 30, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    Ooo! Yes please. I really would like to try a meyer lemon, and this would be a fantastic venue. Now just to find one =D.

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    Allison Arevalo — January 30, 2010 @ 8:15 pm

    I can almost taste it! Wow, what a great way to use my lemons. Really excited to try this recipe.

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    gluttonforlife — January 31, 2010 @ 8:52 am

    This looks wonderful! You may want to check out Suzanne Goin’s recipe for Meyer lemon tart with a thin layer of chocolate in her Sunday Suppers at Lucques cookbook. It unites two flavors you seem to like…

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    drwinnie — February 2, 2010 @ 9:51 am

    Thanks everyone for the kind comments about this post! I just won a 5# box of Meyer lemons so looks like more lemon yumminess in the future…

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    Dr. Alyce Busher — February 3, 2010 @ 11:20 am

    I tried your recipe and loved it so much that I got excited and forwarded your blog site to all of my friends. Since I live in remote cold-weather country I had trouble finding Meyer lemons but eventually found them at ( ) where I ordered them from California.

    One tip about lemons that I thought I would share is if you have extra lemons or limes on hand and want to save them before they spoil, squeeze the juice into an ice-cube tray, then transfer the frozen juice cubes to a plastic bag where you can use them later to flavor drinks.. Thanks again for all of the great tips.

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    Violet @ Easy Recipes Free — February 9, 2011 @ 12:29 am

    Tart looks really delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    deeba — February 11, 2011 @ 8:55 am

    Gorgeous tart. Citrus is right up my street… love it!

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    Megan — February 12, 2011 @ 8:38 am

    a lovely tart. Lemon is so fresh and bright, isn’t it?