When life gives you lemons, make a lemon tart


Aliya Zakir

Lemon tart is a light, citrus-based dessert which can be made in less than two hours. With a few simple steps and ingredients, the dessert can be made for any occasion.

Aliya Zakir, Convergence Editor

In 1915, American writer Elbert Hubbard first devised his quote “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” In this modern reinvention of Hubbard’s renowned phrase, discover a refined alternative: lemon tart. With only a few household ingredients and steps, this zesty treat is sure to bring smiles. 

Serves roughly eight people. Keep covered at room temperature for a maximum of three days.


1 stick unsalted butter

¼ cup sugar

1 egg yolk

1 cup flour

½ teaspoon salt

Lemon Curd:

1 lemon

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1 stick salted butter

Optional powdered sugar for dusting


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. 
  2. For the crust, combine flour and butter in a food processor until well incorporated. Slowly add in the sugar, followed by the egg yolk until combined to make a dough. 
  3. Empty the dough onto a precut piece of saran wrap and allow the dough to cool in a fridge for an hour.
  4. After the dough has cooled, line a tart dish with butter and press the dough into the pan. Prick the bottom surface with a fork. Place in the oven for eight minutes to allow the crust to slightly bake. 
  5. For the lemon curd, cut an entire lemon into thin slices and remove all seeds. 
  6. Melt the butter in a small dish and set aside to cool. 
  7. In a food processor, combine the lemon slices with sugar and pulse for three minutes or until thoroughly combined. 
  8. Slowly add in each egg. Then add the cornstarch and melted butter.
  9. Once the mixture is combined, slowly pour the filling  into the crust dish. 
  10. Place the dish into the oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  11. Remove the dish from the oven when the filling is firm and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  12. Chill at room temperature for 15 minutes.
  13. Optional: lightly dust with powdered sugar before serving. 

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