Perfect for parties and showers - these tasty little tarts can be made ahead and served when you're ready!
Keyword lemon curd, party food, tartlet
Prep Time 40minutes
Cook Time 15minutes
Total Time 3hours
pinch of salt
8tablespoonsunsalted buttercold, cut into cubes
Mini Muffin Tin
2" round biscuit cutter
For the tart shells
Preheat the oven to 450°.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to about 3/8" inch. Use the biscuit cutter to cut out rounds of dough. Transfer the rounds to the muffin tin and place them in individual muffin wells. Use the tamper to press the dough into place and form a mini pie shell. Bake for 5 -7 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
For the Lemon Curd
Zest four of the lemons and set aside. Use a citrus juicer to juice the lemons. You need half a cup of lemon juice. If you can get it from 4 lemons, great, if not, juice another lemon. (I had to use 5 lemons to get half a cup of juice.)
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, pinch of salt, lemon zest, lemon juice and egg yolks. Use a wire whisk to combine and place over medium low heat, whisking constantly and scraping the sides and bottom of the pan so it doesn't stick. Heat until the sugar dissolves and mixture begins to thicken.
Remove from the heat. Add one tablespoon of butter and whisk until it completely melts and is incorporated before adding another tablespoon of butter. Continue in this manner until you've used all the butter.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl and carefully pour the lemon curd through the strainer. Use the back of a spoon or small spatula to press the curd through the strainer -- this will remove the lemon zest and any stray seeds that made it into the curd . Cover the curd and refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.
Use a pastry bag or small spoon to fill the tart cups with the lemon curd. Garnish with fresh fruit, or a dollop of whipped cream. Serve.