Cranberry-Topped Lemon Tarts
Total TimePrep: 45 min. + chilling Bake: 20 min. + cooling
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup cold butter, cubed
- 3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1-1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 5 large eggs
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup lemon juice
- 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
- 1/3 cup butter, cubed
- 1 medium lemon, cut into 1/4-inch slices
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir until dough forms a ball. Divide into eight portions; press each onto the bottom and up the sides of eight 4-in. tart pans.
- Cover and refrigerate for 20 minutes. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
- In a large saucepan, combine the cranberries, sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until berries have popped, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat, whisk the eggs, sugar, lemon juice and zest until blended. Add butter; cook, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and coats the back of a spoon.
- Transfer to a small bowl; cool. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Transfer berry topping to another bowl; refrigerate until serving.
- Spoon filling into tart shells. Chill, uncovered, until set. For garnish, in a small saucepan, bring lemon slices, sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until lemon is tender. Cut slices in half; chill.
- Just before serving, spoon cranberry topping over tarts. Garnish with lemon slices.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 786 calories, 34g fat (20g saturated fat), 215mg cholesterol, 572mg sodium, 117g carbohydrate (88g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein.
May 23, 2020
This recipe is so good, but you kind of need to know to strain the curd. It’s so much smoother when you do. And also, you need to know the texture it should be. I’m a food network junkie and I know to press plastic wrap on it, so it doesn’t form a skin. It says cover, but best to press it right onto the surface. Just a couple of specifics could be added for people who don’t know. This is my sister’s favorite think I make for her.
Nov 29, 2013
The flavor was great. However, the directions could have been more detailed, especially about the approximate time to cook the filling and if it should be clear or opaque...
Sep 1, 2013
In addition to putting the dough in the fridge, I would also poke it with a fork. The first time I made it, I didn't do this and the dough puffed up. Also, instead of the cranberry filling, I simply put fresh raspberries on top. Much lighter and fresher!