Amalfi lemon tart

Theo Randalls zesty lemon tart is an ideal taste of Italian summer
By Theo Randall
Amalfi lemon tart
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes plus 1 hour 30 minutes chilling and resting
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

For the pastry filling

  • 6 Amalfi lemons, zest of 6, juice of 4
  • 200 g sugar
  • 200 g butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 9 egg yolks
  • crème fraîche, to serve

For the pastry

  • 250 g plain flour
  • 75 g icing sugar
  • 180 g butter
  • 2 egg yolks

Method

1. For the pastry filling: place the lemon zest, lemon juice, sugar and butter into a Bain Marie and heat over a medium heat, whisking until the butter has melted and the mixture is well combined. (Do not allow the mixture to boil, or the eggs will curdle when you add them to the pan.)

2. Whisk the eggs and egg yolks together until well combined, then slowly pour into the pan, whisking continually. Stir over a medium heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a wooden spoon. Set aside to cool.

3. For the pastry: place the flour, icing sugar and butter into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the yolks and pulse until the mixture just comes together to form a dough.

4. Turn the dough out into a bowl and lightly knead to form a smooth dough. Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for one hour.

5. Preheat the oven to 150C/gas mark 2.

6. Roll out the pastry on a floured work surface until 2-3mm thick, then use to line a 24cm/9in tart tin. Trim off the excess pastry, then put in fridge to cool for 30 minutes.

7. Fill the pastry tart with baking beans and blind bake in the oven for 15 minutes, removing the beans during the last five minutes of baking, until the pastry is golden-brown. A good tip is to brush the base with egg yolk to stop the pastry becoming soggy.

8. Preheat the grill to high.

9. Sieve the pastry filling into tart, and place under the grill for 6-8 minutes, or until bubbling and golden-brown. Remove from the grill and set aside to cool, then serve in slices with a dollop of crème fraiche. You can also dust with ice flour for better presentation.

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