With an easy press-in almond flour shortbread crust and luscious, tangy lemon curd, this French-style gluten-free lemon tart is an easier version of the classic. This is the same recipe as my gluten-free lemon bars, just in a different shape!
This recipe takes just 30 minutes of active time; for best results, cool and chill the tart after baking for at least 3-4 hours or overnight.
I'm a fan of citrus tarts of all stripes. The filling is tangy, buttery curd, made puckeringly tart with citrus juice, softly set with just the right amount of egg and way too much butter, all offset with a judicious amount of sugar. Add to this a dreamy, easy-peasy almond flour tart crust, and I'm in dessert heaven.
Citrus tart fans like myself will also enjoy my lime curd tart and blood orange tart. Add in a pomegranate tart and the grapefruit curd tart in Alternative Baker and you'll have a rainbow of citrus tarts! You can find all my tart recipes here.
This is my version of a French-style lemon tart. It's:
- not too sweet or too eggy (which many lemon tarts are)
- rich & tangy
- easy to make with a few key techniques
- bright and satisfying all year long
This recipe uses just a handful of pantry-friendly ingredients.
- This recipe starts with my favorite gluten-free tart crust, replete with nutty almond flour, lots of butter, and a hit of vanilla and salt for loads of flavor. It tastes like a shortbread cookie. Get the recipe and how-to video here.
- Lemons are the name of the game here, 6 big ones to be precise. Zest 2 of them first, then juice them and the rest.
- Eggs and egg yolks help the curd thicken and set.
- Sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness. I've given a version for extra-tart tart with less sugar too.
- Butter adds richness to the curd and helps it set up in the fridge and a touch of salt sharpens the flavors.
How to Make Gluten-Free Lemon Curd Tart
This recipes turns out a classic-tasting French lemon tart, but it's easier than most. It starts with my gluten-free tart crust recipe, which is made by simply whizzing all the ingredients together in a food processor and pressing it into a tart pan. Parbake the crust, press it with the back of a spoon to compress the crumb, and fill it with lemon curd.
Watch the video on how to make gluten-free tart crust and lemon tart here!
If you don't have a tart pan, never fear – this exact same recipe makes gluten-free lemon bars in an 8-inch square baking pan.
Luscious Lemon Curd
My classic lemon curd is thick and tangy from loads of lemon juice, eggs to thicken it, lots of butter to make it rich and creamy, and just enough sugar to offset the tart lemons. Make the curd on the stovetop, stirring constantly until it thickens and registers 165ºF on an instant read thermometer if you've got one. Strain the hot curd, whisk in the butter, and your lemon curd is done! You can store it in the fridge to slather on toast, biscuits, or swirl into yogurt. Or proceed with this recipe and pour it into the parbaked crust.
Bake the tart until the curd is slightly puffed and wiggles like firm jello. Let it cool completely, then chill until firm. Garnish, slice, and serve your brilliant creation for a dessert that's fancy enough for special occasions.
Lemon Tart Love
Dip your fork into a slice of this lemon tart and you'll cut through softly whipped cream, dreamy curd singing with lemon flavor, and tender cookie-like crust. I decorated mine with piped whipped cream and crème fraîche and a sprinkle of bee pollen, which I highly recommend! If meringue is your speed, you could also make a simple Italian meringue with the extra egg whites. Pipe or dollop it on top, and torch it with a crème brulée torch for a lemon meringue tart.
Variation: Meyer Lemon Tart
Got Meyer lemons? Lucky you! Make this tart with the lesser amount of sugar and use Meyer lemon zest and juice in place of the regular lemon zest and juice.
Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Tart
This no-bake lemon tart recipe is vegan, paleo, eggless, and raw. A fan favorite on TBG, it makes a nice stand in for this more traditional lemon tart, but it's still rich and delicious.
Got extra egg whites from making this gluten-free lemon tart? Here are some recipes that use them:
- Vanilla Brown Butter Macaroons
- Brown Butter Financiers
- Kumquat Sesame Financiers
- Poppyseed Plum Financiers
- Almond Poppyseed Meringues & Cherry Eton Mess
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Gluten-Free Lemon Tart with Almond Flour CrustPrint Recipe Pin Recipe
- 10 tablespoons (140 g) unsalted butter, sliced
- 1 tablespoon firmly packed finely grated lemon zest (from about 2 large lemons)
- 1 ½ cups (340 g) organic granulated sugar (or 1 ¼ cups / 275 g for extra tangy bars)
- ⅛ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 4 large eggs
- 2 large egg yolks
- 1 cup (235 ml) strained lemon juice (from about 6 large lemons)
- Optional garnishes: heavy cream and crème fraiche whipped to firm peaks, bee pollen for sprinkling
- Prepare, parbake, and press the tart crust as directed.
- Lower the oven temperature to 325ºF.
- Place the butter and lemon zest in a heatproof bowl. Place a mesh strainer over the bowl and set aside.
- In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk together the sugar, salt, eggs, and egg yolks to combine. Gradually whisk in the lemon juice.
- Place the pot over medium-low heat and cook, stirring constantly with a heatproof silicone spatula, until the mixture thickens slightly and reaches 160-165ºF on an instant-read thermometer, 5–10 minutes. As you stir, be sure to scrape the entire bottom and corners of the pan, so that the mixture heats as evenly as possible. It will start out thick and cloudy from the undissolved sugar, then will turn thin and translucent, and finally begin to thicken and turn cloudy again as the eggs cook. Lower the heat to very low as it gets closer to being done. If the mixture starts to curdle or bubble, immediately remove it from the heat and proceed to the next step.
- Immediately pour the curd through the strainer and into the bowl of butter to stop the cooking. Whisk to incorporate the butter and lemon zest, making sure there are no clumps of lemon zest.
- Pour the cooked curd over the baked and pressed down crust. If you have extra curd, you can save it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. It's delicious swirled into yogurt or slathered on toast or biscuits.
- Bake the tart at 325ºF (don’t forget to lower the oven temp!) until the sides are barely puffed and the center wobbles like firm Jell-O when you give it a gentle shake, 15–25 minutes. It should not be wet or watery looking (underbaked), nor should it be puffed in the center or cracking (overbaked). Remove the tart from the oven and let cool to room temperature for about an hour, then chill until firm, 3-4 hours or overnight.
- When the tart is cold, loosen and remove the sides of the tart crust and slide it onto a cutting board. Cut into wedges with a large, sharp chef's knife. For the cleanest cuts, dip the knife in very hot water and wipe the blade clean between cuts.
- Just before serving, dust the tart with a bit of powdered sugar or garnish with lemon wheels and/or whipped crème fraîche if you like.
- The tart keeps well, refrigerated, for up to 3 days, though the crust is the crispest within the first 1–2 days.
Lynne Plauson says
I hope Catamus continues to feel better and better. You are taking such good care of him!
I've made this into Lemon Bars (using Meyer Lemons, lucky me!) and subbed a xylitol/erythritol sugar substitute 1:1 (have white sugar sensitivities) and it was AWESOME! Ate all of it in no time at all 😋😬
I 💞 your encouraging blog, your inspirational cookbook, variety of great GF recipes, beautiful pix - your newsletter is one of the few I subscribe to. Thx for being there for us!
So happy Catamus is feeling better and you too! My guys seem to respond well/heal/feel better with CBD oil (K9 Medibles is the best I've found) tho dosing MollyKat often has me wearing the stuff instead 🙄
I live in NoCA too, Wine & Cannabis Country (Sonoma Cty) so am under same restrictions, am bored and lonely just like everyone else. But by staying indoors (making your recipes!!!) we're respecting, showing our love to our 1st responders, medical staff and each other the best way we can.
Stay safe and sane. Binge responsibly. We'll get thru this too. Together. 😘
Martha Bains says
I can't know how you are thinking about cooking for humans with Catamus having his sickness and the coronavirus. I hope and pray he continues to do well. My 16y year old Chessie is the other love of my life, although I spoil her more than my husband.
Since my husband has celiac, I've found your blog and your cookbook to be wonderful resources. This looks like a great recipe, that I might try the crust with custard and use frozen fruit to make into a compote to top it. I'm not going out to buy lemons, but I do have grapefruit. I may try that and use some bottled lemon juice.
Thanks for giving some ideas and inspiration in these hard times.
I send you big hugs and extra pets to Catamus - this difficult time has clearly been even harder to bear! I go through periods of anxiety, too -- the beginning of our sheltering in place was especially tough, but I agree that minimal/only necessary news, little to no social media and lots of distractions are good. I'm looking forward to the finale of Schitt's Creek tonight, baking cookies, and all the exercise I can fit in a day! Thinking of you and hang in there!
So odd - I was just wandering about deciding what to do with almond and coconut flour for desserts, ended up here (shocker!), was thinking about Catamus and it all came together.
Have been feeding Tom (RIP), Felix and Eevee ground turkey with chicken liver, eggs, vitamin B, E, fish oil, bone meal and taurine.
Today is shopping day - lemons it is :)
Edited to add.. I am just waiting for cherry season...
I'm so sorry to hear about Catamus--been there with two kitties and it is the hardest thing.
Thank you for being here--how the @&*((*%# have I not heard of Essentrics!
I am just so happy to hear that Catamus is doing better.
We all need more love and encouragement during these difficult days. For me, there is nothing better than lemony goodness like this. As always, your photos are breathtaking.
Love from VT. Ice
First, I was so sorry to hear about Catamus, and I am still sending good thoughts your way. I am so thankful for the love and joy and hilarity that our pets bring to our lives. It is never long enough. And it isn't easy on us when they are sick. I am glad Catamus is enjoying standard cat hijinks *and* your delicious food.
This looks amazing! And I just harvested all of the meyer lemons from my mother-in-law's tree that needed to be removed. I spent yesterday snipping them off, and reveling in the delicious smell - the tree is again covered in blossoms, it must be one of the most productive trees ever. I drove around boxes of the overgrown lemons and deposited them at friend's houses while staying 10 feet apart. It was like delivering sunshine - the car smelled amazing, and thankfully no longer like the fake lemon scented Lysol wipes that I've been using post-grocery and pharmacy trips.
Anyhow, I hope there is some sunshine in your days now, although I know it is a grey time. Hugs and cat cuddles being sent your way.
Thank you so much for the sweet note Kim, it really means a lot to me. "Joy and hilarity" really sum up Catamus - he's a ray of sunshine in our lives.
Speaking of sunshine, meyer lemons! What a sweet delivery for your friends, I'm envious. :)
Big hugs to you too friend. <3
Hi Alana, I'm so sorry to hear Catamus has been unwell. Such a stressful and heart wrenching experience 💔 Glad to hear he has some treatment options and that it sounds like he's perked up! Sending healing vibes his way 💗
Aw thank you Bronwyn, I really appreciate the kind words. <3
Didina Gnagnide Angorinie says
I am so relieved Catamus is doing better. Today is my Didi's 8th birthday (or so we assume, more or less). Yea, my screenname is Didi's full name. I wish for him to live as long as 20!
Thanks for the kind words. Catamus isn't doing so well anymore sadly, we're just trying to give him everything he could possibly need right now and keep him as comfortable as possible. I do hope that Didi lives to a ripe old age and that you get many years together!
Sorry to hear about your cat. Glad you're taking some breathing time. I too, have enjoyed some distance from social media as well. 💕
Thank you for the sweet words. <3
I made this for my partner and family, and it was a real hit! Everybody noted that it was BETTER than a gluten crust - and the flavour was so so perfectly balanced. Thank you very much for sharing this, I really appreciate it :).
Ahhh that's the BEST compliment to receive on a gluten-free recipe! I'm so glad everyone loved it. Thanks a bunch for trying my recipe and for the kind note, I really appreciate it!
Delicious and elegant! Love this site. Am a new fan. Thank-you.💖
Aw thank you for the sweet words, I really appreciate it! So glad you loved the tart too. <3
What other sugars could I use instead of white/cane sugar?
Alanna Taylor-Tobin says
Great question! You can use any granulated sugar in the filling and/or crust such as coconut, maple, or brown sugar. I'd recommend maple sugar for the best color as coconut or brown sugar will make the filling look more brown. It's best to sub by weight if you have a scale.
The consistency of the crust might be slightly different but it should work. If the crust mixture seems dry, you can try adding more butter or a splash of milk or water to help bring it together.
Please let me know what you try!
I wanting to make this lemon tart for a friend's birthday who loves lemon and is gluten free. However, she cannot have nuts..is there another option for the almond flour in the crust - maybe cassava flour OR??
Alanna Taylor-Tobin says
Hi Judy, that's a great question! I haven't tried this recipe without almond flour, so I'm not sure how it would work. The protein in the almonds helps give the crust its structure. Cassava isn't all that similar to almond flour, but it could work! You might need to add more butter to make up for having less fat.
Another option would be to grind some seeds (such as pumpkin and/or sunflower) to a fine meal. Or you could use tiger nut flour (which is not actually a nut but a tuber, though it's not super easy to find). Or you could try using more oat, sweet rice, and tapioca flours in place of the almond flour.
I'd love to have a good nut-free version of this recipe, so please let me know how it goes if you experiment and I can add it to the recipe notes for other readers!
Thank you for your reply. I have tiger nut...didn't think of that. I will use tiger nut in place of the almond flour...as I think they are both pretty similar. And I think I have seen in other recipes of yours you say tiger nut replaces almond flour now I think about it.
Alanna Taylor-Tobin says
Oh perfect! It *might* be a little more crumbly than with the almond flour, but I hope it will do the trick well enough. Please come back and let me know how it works if you try it!