TWD: Tartest Lemon Tart

This week’s Tuesday With Dorie recipe, chosen by Babette of Babette Feasts, is for the Tartest Lemon Tart which can be found on page 336 of Baking From My Home to Yours, or on Babette’s blog.

The tart is delicious and definitely lives up to its name. There was some discussion this week about how to cut the bitterness from the lemons as this recipe actually calls for using the entire lemon cut into pieces then run through a blender with sugar and several other ingredients. Many felt the the white of the lemon (the pith) was the culprit where the bitterness was concerned.
First off, the tart dough it fabulous, absolutely delicious. I mixed all my ingredients in the blender as directed and it looked beautiful. I poured the filling into the readied tart dough and baked as directed. The recipe called for 45-50 minutes total. After 45 minutes the filling had bubbled up quite a bit, which Dorie had said it would do, but it hadn’t bubbled over, which Dorie had said it might. So I added 5 more minutes to the timer as the center still seemed a bit jiggly. I was very pleased with how perfect it looked in the oven. Until…

ANOTHER DELICIOUS IDEA >>  TWD Applesauce Spice Bars
I opened the oven after 4 minutes and it had bubbled over like a volcano! Waaahh! :(
However, I carried on and allowed it to cool, cleaned up the spillage and chilled it in the fridge a bit. I dusted it with powdered sugar and it was a success!
The flavor of this tart is wonderful. I did detect a hint of bitterness, but I think if you had some good quality lemons you wouldn’t have this problem. I didn’t want to remove the pith as Dorie didn’t say to do that, and I really like to make her recipes as stated and try them out as she had.

ANOTHER DELICIOUS IDEA >>  Apple Crisp Pudding
At any rate, it’s a wonderful tart and I would like to try this again with some good quality lemons. See how the other TWD bakers faired by visiting their blogs!

NEW! Be sure to subscribe to my newsletter, Foodie in the Craftroom, to receive updates and tips from both Amanda’s Cookin’ and Crafts by Amanda! Visit


  1. Alta says

    Yummy! I keep seeing lemon tarts everywhere, guess I need to make one! This looks so nice and spring-y!

  2. April says

    Just beautiful!!!

    My tart did boil over like a volcano too, I was worried that I had done something wrong. I think I expected it to just puff up some.

    Great looking tart!

  3. Pamela says

    Looks great! Mine bubbled up, too. Thankfully, it was contained. The powdered sugar makes it look really pretty!

  4. Peggy says

    Amanda it is gorgeous! I think mine is too thin because my pan was a little bigger than nine inch. Funny but the bitterness didn’t bother us. I like tart!!! Thanks for stopping by for a visit this morning!

  5. Charli says

    It’s amazing what a difference that 4 minutes makes…mine did the same thing!! Yours looks great though!

  6. Katrina says

    Well, you would never know that it looked like a volcano at one time! It looks great. Mine turned out tart and tasty, no bitterness at all with the whole lemons, pith and all.

  7. Kara says

    OH yeah .. the volcano boiling over thing happened to me too. It was still a really good tart, though. Just needed some cleaning up to be presentable! :)

  8. Nancy/n.o.e says

    Love how the powdered sugar covers any remaining traces of volcanic activity! Your filling looks perfect, and so does the crust!

  9. Jess says

    Looks fantastic – a little powdered sugar and no one knows about the volcanic bubbling! And I agree, this tart dough is the best.

  10. Megan says

    Sheesh – it looks perfect! Couldn’t tell it bubbled over at all.

    Mine was inedible – and ended up in the trash!

  11. angela@spinachtiger says

    I really enjoyed this tart. I made mine naked, no crust. You did a nice job and good save!

  12. Sugared Ellipses... says

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    I wonder, had I dusted with the confectioners sugar like I was supposed to, if it would have made a difference with the bitterness. What a dope! I totally forgot about it until I took a look at your tart just now. Too bad it suffered a watery death in my Insinkerator. I’ll have to make another one and give it a try. I’m still leaving the pith out though next time.

    Nice job on yours!

  13. Tracey says

    Your tart looks so pretty with the powdered sugar. I meant to dust mine before taking pictures but I completely forgot. Glad you liked it!

  14. Ingrid says

    Looks good. I’ve made a whole lemon tart before it was wonderful though I did use meyer lemons which are milder than the regular ones.

  15. Ingrid says

    Btw, I like that you stick with the original recipe the first time before altering it. That way you are getting a better idea about the recipe.

  16. AmyRuth says

    Amanda, your tart just really looks so beautiful. You know all this blogging makes me want more and mine’s all gone. Have any left? Great job

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>